VIDEO: Steelers’ Haden Wins 2018 ‘Chief Award’

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden won the Pro Football Writers Association’s Chief Award. He gave remarks to the media December 23, 2018 as the player who “best exemplifies the spirit of cooperative with the media that Art Rooney Sr. was so well-known for.”

Golden Sky Media’s Brian Cook asks Haden about being a model for children:

Joe Haden and Terrell Edmunds were named the 2018 recipients of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Pro Football Writers of America’s annual awards.

Brian Cook and Smokin’ Jim Frazier Discuss Steelers Must Win Game Against Bengals

BIG BIG GAME Sunday, Dec. 30! Steelers MUST WIN over the Bengals, then the Browns have to beat the Ravens for the Steelers to get in the playoffs! The New Pittsburgh Courier’s Brian Cook and Smokin’ Jim Frazier discuss…

IMPORTANT GAME! Steelers vs. Bengals, Dec. 30! Brian Cook and Smokin Jim discuss…!

BIG BIG GAME Sunday, Dec. 30! Steelers MUST WIN over the Bengals, then the Browns have to beat the Ravens for the Steelers to get in the playoffs! The Courier's Brian Cook and Smokin Jim Frazier discuss….

Posted by New Pittsburgh Courier on Saturday, December 29, 2018

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Coach Tomlin Comments on Growth of Receivers Washington, Rogers

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during his weekly press conference. December 18, 2018 (Clyde Harris / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster left practice with a groin injury this week. He intends on playing against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, despite being listed as questionable.

In head coach Mike Tomlin’s weekly press conference, Brian Cook asked about two young wideouts who could also be worked into the mix this weekend, after their performance on Dec. 16 against the New England Patriots.

New Orleans Saints lead the all-time series against the Steelers 8-7-0. The last time the teams met was November 30, 2014, final score: Saints 35 @ Steelers 32 at Heinz Field.

Steelers Defeat Ravens on the Road; Thrilled About Position Moving Forward

Steelers running back James Conner had 107 rushing yards; 56 yards receiving including one touchdown in the 23-16 win against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 4, 2018. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

BALTIMORE (GSM) – It was a win on the road in a short week.

The Steelers are on a 4-game winning streak after defeating the Baltimore Ravens 23-13 at M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday. It was an AFC North win that keeps them in the catbird seat atop the division. Now with a record of 5-2-1 running back James Conner, referenced the last time these two organizations met. The Steelers came up short when they played on September 30. The score was 26-14. He acknowledged that it was imperative to get out of the gate early. “Last time we played them, we had some turnovers early and some penalties.” Conner said. “[We tried] to do the opposite of that and start out fast.”

Linebacker Bud Dupree had a half-sack in the game and says now that playing divisional opponents are almost complete 9-weeks into the season, there is still a lot of ahead of them. “It’s going to be a long ride again. It was great that we became at the top of the division after this game. We have one more, it’s Bengals again. I’m glad we played everyone (AFC North opponents) at the beginning of the season. Now we can just focus on other conference games and dominate those as well.”

Defensive back Mike Hilton says racking up victories against divisional opponents are key especially against the likes of Baltimore, as they move down the stretch. However, the immediate game plan now centers around the short turnaround. “It was big,” Hilton said “Especially on the road against a team like Baltimore. Everybody knows how big the rivalry is. It was a big win for us and now we have to get ready for the quick turnaround for Thursday.”

With only a few days off, the Steelers gear up to host the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field who are on the prowl as well. Their overall record is 6-2, and are coming off of a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The score was 42-28. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was 19 for 25 in the passing game with two touchdowns and no interceptions, which contributed significantly to his team’s victory.

The Panthers are currently in second place in the NFC South, 1-game behind the New Orleans Saints (7-1).

The Steelers and Panthers met in the pre-season however the speed of this game will include the starters in mid-season form which can guarantee a physical matchup.