CINCINNATI — One duck call to James Washington ended up being the difference. Devlin Hodges threw a 79-yard touchdown to Washington after replacing Mason Rudolph, who was benched for poor play in he second half.
That score, as well as three field goals from Chris Boswell, guided the Steelers to an ugly 16-10 victory in Cincinnati.
Hodges explained to Steelers Now what it means to him that head coach Mike Tomlin is confident enough to call on him when needed.
Rudolph expressed being surprised that he was taken out of the game, saying he was unaware he was on a short leash entering the second half. He kept reiterating “that’s a coaching decision” when asked about his benching or if he expects to start next week in a re-match against the Browns.
Regardless of who was in at quarterback, the defense, much like most of the season, led the way for the Steelers. Rookie linebacker Devin Bush talked about keeping the pressure on the Bengals young offensive unit and finally seeing that work result in a big turnover when he caused Tyler Boyd to fumble away what was a 22-yard reception.
With Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes very much alive, Coach Tomlin now has a possible season altering difficult decision to make when he decides who will start at quarterback the rest of the way, or at least who to start next week when Cleveland travels to Heinz Field.
Alan Saunders contributed reporting from Cincinnati.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/28/20
Defensive captain Cam Heyward leads the defense in their preperation for the Steelers big game this Sunday with the Baltimore Ravens.
Heyward leads by example while going through a drill.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers
Terrell Edmunds Explains New Nickname
Terrell Edmunds informs the media, including Mike Asti and Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about his new nickname. Call him “Old Fashioned” from now on. He also expresses how feels about the current state of the Steelers, and that’s obviously includes being happy about the team’s record but also understanding the need to improve.
Steelers Week 10 Game vs. Bengals Flexed to 4:25 p.m. National Broadcast
The Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 has been flexed into a national television broadcast slot.
The Steelers and Bengals will now kick off at Heinz Field on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:25 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled to kick at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast nationally on FOX. All of that weekend’s early games will be broadcast on FOX, as CBS has coverage of The Masters, which was rescheduled from this summer.
The game will be Pittsburgh’s first matchup against 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 pick, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Steelers are also playing a 4:25 p.m., nationally broadcast game in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. That game will be televised by CBS.
That will be the second time this season the Steelers will be placed in a nation-wide television slot. The team opened the season playing on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
The Steelers’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans was protected by CBS in a 1 p.m. time slot, but was broadcast nearly nationwide, with CBS only showing two other 1 p.m. games.
The Steelers will play on national television at least three more times this season: against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Nov. 26, on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 13 and at the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Dec. 21.