Steelers are 10-0 Heading into Thanksgiving Game

Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to taking the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 22, 2020 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

JACKSONVILLE (GSM) — All they do is “win, win, win no matter what!”

The Pittsburgh Steelers have solidified their position as the best team in the league throughout the 2020 season. The convincing victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars may not have been impressive — especially against a team who has lost 9 straight — but it helped stack wins for Pittsburgh.

Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool reaches for a pass from Ben Roethlisberger for a 31-yard touchdown. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Wideout Chase Claypool scored his 10th touchdown and broke an NFL record as the first receiver to score 10 a touchdown in their first 10 games as a rookie.

The Steelers have also broken a team record by starting the season at 10-0 for the first time in history.

With only 4 days off, the Baltimore Ravens head into Pittsburgh for the prime-time Thanksgiving game in Pittsburgh. Baltimore will be without many starters due to a major COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

Runningbacks Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, Nose Tackle Brandon Williams and Pernell McPhee who plays linebacker, will all miss the game Thursday.

 

Zach Banner Out for the Season

Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner leaves the game against the New York Giants with a leg injury at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2020 in East Rutherford, NJ. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Since joining the Steelers in 2017, Zach Banner got his first chance to start on the offensive line and his season was cut short.

In the 2020 season opener against the New York Giants, Banner left the game with assistance after team trainers feared the worst after suffering a leg injury. It was confirmed that Banner will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and was placed on injured reserve.

Banner posted an optimistic video to twitter, ensuring fans that he will return to the field when he is healthy.


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Steelers Win Season Opener Against Giants

JuJu Smith-Schuster catches a touchdown pass against the New York Giants on September 14, 2020 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

East Rutherford, NJ (GSM) — Although there were no fans in the stands, “Steeler Nation’s” presence was felt at MetLife Stadium.

The Steelers were victors on the road over the home team New York Giants, 26-16, thanks to the return of Ben Roethlisberger – JuJu connection that was missing last season. Roethlisberger was placed on injured reserve in 2019 to recover from a year-long elbow injury. On Monday night, Roethlisberger completed 21 of 32 passes and 3 touchdowns.

Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was on the receiving end of two touchdowns, one for 10-yards another 8 yards, respectively.

James Washington reaches over the goalline to score a touchdown against the New York Giants on September 14, 2020 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

James Washington caught one for 13-yards and scored on a valiant second effort to reach over the goalline for a touchdown.

Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward (#97) extends for an interception against the New York Giants on September 14, 2020 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Steelers’ defensive end Cam Heyward racked up an interception after a pass from Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was deflected.

The Steelers are now 1-0 on the season and have their home opener against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.


BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.
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Actor Chadwick Boseman Dies 1-Year After Filming ‘Ma Rainey’ in Pittsburgh

Actor Chadwick Boseman and Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (#7) share a funny moment at Steelers’ Family Day practice at Heinz Field on August 4, 2019. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Actor Chadwick Boseman, most known for roles in “42” and “Black Panther,” has died at age 43. He reportedly lost his battle with colon cancer.

Boseman spent a considerable amount of time in Pittsburgh in 2019 filming “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” originally a stage play by legendary playwright August Wilson.  The film is produced by Denzel Washington and co-stars Viola Davis.
 
While in Pittsburgh, Boseman spent time with the Steelers during the team’s annual Family Day practice at Heinz Field on August 4.
 
Boseman died on August 28, 2020 after a 4-year battle with colon cancer.  He was 43.

 


BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.
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Diontae Johnson Still Sidelined With Hip Injury

Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson during Training Camp on August 21, 2020 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — The rising star on the Steelers’ offense will be sidelined a bit due to a minor injury, Head Coach Mike Tomlin said Friday.

In Friday’s practice, wide receiver Diontae Johnson interacted with teammates and walked the field but didn’t practice. Coach Tomlin didn’t specify the severity of the hip injury he endured or the time he will be out. However, Tomlin mentioned that both Johnson and Terrell Edmunds will miss time. “There are couple of guys that missed today’s work, new guys with minor ailments that can be described as day-to-day.” Tomlin said. “That’s Diontae Johnson and T [Terrell] Edmunds. Hopefully, those guys get back to us really soon. Again, it could be described as day-to-day.”

Johnson is expected to see significant playing time this year. He impressed in his rookie (2019) season racking up 59 receptions, 680 yards and 5 touchdowns.


BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.
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