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Final: Steelers 16, Bengals 10

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FOURTH QUARTER

0:00 Pittsburgh wins the game, 16-10.

2:47 Bud Dupree recovers Ryan Finley’s fumble after the sack.

3:18 Chris Boswell connects for a 26-yard field goal to increase the Steelers lead to 16-10.

11:59 Chris Boswell strikes from 47 yards out and the Steelers have the lead, 13-10.

THIRD QUARTER

5:07 The Bengals answer right back with with a nine-play, 64-yard drive that ends in a Randy Bullock field goal. All square at 10-10.

11:22 Devlin Hodges finds James Washington for a huge splash play. Catch and run goes for 79 yards and a Steelers touchdown. 10-7 Steelers.

12:36 It’s Duck season. Devlin Hodges in for benched Mason Rudolph at quarterback.

Steelers Bench QB Mason Rudolph for Devlin Hodges

SECOND QUARTER

2:00 Hello, Tyler Boyd. The former Clairton and Pitt wide receiver went up and over Terrell Edmunds for 47 yards and then over Joe Haden in the end zone to give the Bengals the lead.

3:24 Steelers strike first on a 16-yard field goal by Chris Boswell, set up by a long completion from Mason Rudolph to just-signed wide receiver Deon Cain.

FIRST QUARTER

0:58 Mason Rudolph has five interceptions over his last five quarters. Yikes.

6:06 Kerrith Whyte just showed you why he’s on the roster: pure speed. He brings a much-needed element to the running back room.

11:36: Heck of a punt by Kevin Huber. Goes 52 yards to down the Steelers at their own 2-yard line after the first Cincy drive stalls.

With the Steelers backed up, the heavy package with Benny Snell, Zach Banner and Nick Vannett earns the start.

GAMEDAY INFO

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 1 pm
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

TV: CBS regional coverage (see map), KDKA-TV locally, Andrew Catalon, James Lofton.

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Radio: Steelers Radio Network (102.5 WDVE-FM), Bill Hillgrove, Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley.

Line: Steelers -6.5, total 37.5.

Steelers Now coverage: Alan Saunders

INACTIVES

Steelers: RB James Conner (AC joint) WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion protocol, left knee), CB Artie Burns (knee), QB Paxton Lynch, OLB Tuzar Skipper, OT Chukwuma Okorafor, TE Zach Gentry.

Bengals: WR A.J. Green (ankle), TE Drew Sample (ankle), QB Jake Dolegala, CB Torry McTyler, OT Andre Smith, OG Fred Johnson, DE Anthony Zettel.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: Steelers RB James Conner (AC joint), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion protocol, left knee). Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle), TE Drew Sample (ankle).

DOUBTFUL: Steelers CB Artie Burns (knee).

QUESTIONABLE: Bengals WR Stanley Morgan (illness), WR Auden Tate (concussion).

STEELERS NOW COVERAGE THIS WEEK

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph Fined $50,000 for Role in Brawl vs. Browns

JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner Out for Steelers vs. Bengals

Steelers Promote Center Patrick Morris to Active Roster

Mic Drop: Do You Agree with Discipline After Steelers-Browns Brawl?

Mic Drop: Everything Went Wrong for Steelers

‘The Sports Drive’ Talk Steelers and Pitt

NFL: ‘No Evidence’ Mason Rudolph Used Racial Slur

NFL Upholds Myles Garrett Suspension, Reduces Maurkice Pouncey’s to 2 Games

Report: At Appeal, Browns DE Myles Garrett Claimed Mason Rudolph Used Racial Slur

Steelers Re-Sign OL J.C. Hassenauer to Practice Squad

Steelers Re-Sign Tuzar Skipper, Place L.T. Walton on IR

James Conner’s Return from Re-Injured Shoulder Still TBD

Steelers Re-Sign RB Ralph Webb to Practice Squad

Report: Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Injured Knee vs. Browns

Steelers Sign WRs Quadree Henderson, Amara Darboh to Practice Squad

Terrell Pryor Only Wants to Play for the Steelers

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NBC’s Mike Florio Predicts Dim Outlook for JuJu Smith-Schuster in Free Agency

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Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio is not so sure Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is going to get the pay day he believes he deserves.

Florio joined The PM Team on 93.7 The Fan on Friday, and painted a dim picture of Smith-Schuster’s free agency prospects.

“If Juju wants to be paid like a No. 1 wide receiver, he’s going to be waiting a long, long time,” Florio said.

Smith-Schuster has expressed a desire to remain in Pittsburgh, but their dire salary cap situation had a made a continuation seemingly impossible.

Now that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has signed a new contract and provided the club additional financial flexibility, there may be a path for Smith-Schuster to return. Still, there will not be enough money available to pay him like one of the league’s elite wideouts. 

If that is what Smith-Schuster wants in Pittsburgh, he may be in for a rude awakening as Florio predicts.

Smith-Schuster led the Steelers with 97 receptions in 2020, while also tallying 831 yards and nine touchdowns.

Selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Southern California, Smith-Schuster has 293 receptions, 3,565 yards and 24 touchdowns as a Steeler. He was selected to his first and only Pro Bowl in 2018.

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Steelers Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada on Run Game, Roethlisberger

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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada has spoken publicly for the first time since his promotion in late January.

Canada joined the latest edition of The Standard, the Steelers’ behind-the-scenes web series, and discussed a number of topics, including fixing the run game, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his offensive philosophy.

There is no denying Pittsburgh produced the least successful rushing attack in football a season ago, averaging just 84.4 yards per game and 3.6 yards per attempt.

Canada recognizes the Steelers need to improve significantly on the ground, a mandate he implied came down from Team President Art Rooney II.

“He’s made it very clear that that’s got to get better,” Canada said. “When all of us realized that we didn’t get it done we wanted to with our running game and all of who are here are part of that. And we’ve got to improve upon it in a multitude of ways and we’re certainly focused on it. We’re globally studying who’s running the ball well. We’ve always believed in running the football anywhere that I’ve been. You win up front. I believe that. We believe that. I know Coach Tomlin believes that.”

Not only will the Steelers have to better impose their will in the trenches, but Canada knows they will also have to remove the predictability that plagued them last season, especially in the passing game.

“You have to be able to run the football when they know you’re going to run it,” Canada added. “And you have to be able to throw the football when they know you’re going to throw it.”

Canada also gushed over Roethlisberger, who the Steelers announced will be returning for the 2021 season on a one-year contract Thursday.

“He’s such a great competitor. He competes at everything he does and his competitive drive is so strong and so awesome to be around no matter what we’re doing,” Canada said of Roethlisberger.

He also praised the 39-year-old’s accuracy, which he believes sets Roethlisberger apart from his peers.

“And then just his accuracy. And I’ve said this to one of my buddies who’s a quarterback coach somewhere else. Young quarterbacks, I wish there was some way for them to be here and watch how he practices putting the ball in certain spots. It’s such a unique talent that he’s able to do it.”

While Roethlisberger’s new deal has provided the Steelers some much needed financial flexibility, they will still undoubtedly have some tough departures once free agency begins in earnest.

Regardless which players do or do not remain in Pittsburgh heading into the 2021 season, Canada insists his offense will be multi-dimensional and cater to whatever personnel the Steelers have on the offensive side.

“We are going through and looking at the foundation of our offense. And building an offense that will be conducive to whatever talent that we have,” Canada said. “I don’t believe you have a certain system that works and this is all we’re going to do and we have to have the players for that. We have the players we have each year. Our job is to score more points than the team we play on each Sunday.”

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Steelers Sign Center J.C. Hassenauer on One-Year Deal

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed center J.C. Hassenauer to a one-year deal, first reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

An exclusive right free agent, Hassenauer was almost a lock to return to Pittsburgh in 2021. His new deal with the Steelers is worth $780,000.

Hassenauer proved a vital piece along the Steelers’ offensive line a season ago, seeing action in 15 games and making four starts. He was on the field for 23% of the team’s offensive stats, while also appearing on 50 special teams plays.

Prior to Pittsburgh, Hassenauer signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2018, spending the first seven weeks of the season on their practice squad.

He played for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football in 2019.

Hassenauer played his college ball at Alabama. He made just three career starts for the Crimson Tide, with his final coming in the 2018 College Football Playoff national championship game, a 26-23 overtime win over Georgia.

Hassenauer’s agent Blake Baratz confirmed the signing on Twitter on Thursday.

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