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Final: Steelers 27, Bengals 3

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FOURTH QUARTER 

0:00 The Steelers win the game by a final score of 27-3.

2:01 Joe Haden called for pass inference, despite the ball being out of reach of the receiver.

5:51 Chris Boswell successfully kicks a 49-yard field goal. Pittsburgh adds to their commanding 27-3 lead.

11:02 Mark Barron intercepts Dalton in the end zone, creating a first down for Pittsburgh from their own 20.

THIRD QUARTER

*Mason Rudolph has completed 20 out of 24 passes for 207 yards and 2 touchdown so far in the game.*

5:19 Switzer back to return the punt. Johnson returned the previous punt for Pittsburgh.

9:24 Mason Rudolph completes a 43-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. The Steelers extend their lead to 24-3 following the extra point.

9:35 Johnson, not Switzer, returns the punt for Pittsburgh.

10:15 Cam Heyward with a big sack on Dalton. Cincinnati loses 11 yards on the sack.

10:36 Samuels with a 2-yard touchdown run. The Steelers jump out to a 17-3 lead after the Chris Boswell extra point.

10:54 James Conner returns to the field and catches a 21-yard pass from Samuels.

12:32 James Conner leaves the game and heads to the injury tent.

SECOND QUARTER

1:01 Chris Boswell converts a 29-yard field goal to give the Steelers a 10-3 lead. The Cincinnati defense held the Steelers out of the end zone following several plays near the goal line.

5:50 Bud Dupree forces Dalton’s fumble. TJ Watt recovers the fumble, giving Pittsburgh the ball at their own 29.

10:32 Mason Rudolph connects with James Conner for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Chris Boswell’s successful extra point gives the Steelers a 7-3 lead.

FIRST QUARTER

1:28 Mason Rudolph completes an 11-yard pass to tight end Nick Vannett. The catch is Vannett’s first as a Steeler.

1:28 Pittsburgh challenges an offensive pass interference call against Johnny Holton. The Steelers lose the challenge.

4:02 Cam Heyward returns to the game after leaving earlier with a reported thigh injury.

8:25 Randy Bullock connects on a 28-yard field goal to give Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.

8:25 Cam Heyward leaves the game with a thigh injury. His return is listed as questionable.

9:19 Johnson fumbles the ball after completing the catch. The Bengals recover the fumble.

11:27 Devin Bush sacks Bengals QB Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss. The sack forces a third and long, which then results in a punt for Cincinnati.

PREGAME NOTES

PLAYER ARRIVALS

INACTIVES

Steelers: Isaiah Buggs, Roosevelt Nix, Anthony Chickillo, Vince Williams, Fred Johnson, Chukwuma Okorafor and Vance McDonald.

Bengals: Carl Lawson, Kerry Wynn, Ryan Glasgow, Trayveon Williams, Cordy Glenn, A.J. Green, Jake Dolegala

GAMEDAY INFO

Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.

TV/Radio: ESPN (Nationally), Steelers Radio Network (102.5 WDVE-FM)
SN Coverage: Alan Saunders, Mike Asti and Ed Thompson

PITTSBURGH WEATHER NOW FORECAST

INJURY UPDATES

OUT: Steelers FB Roosevelt Nix (knee), OLB Anthony Chickillo (foot), ILB Vince Williams (hamstring)

Bengals WR A.J. Green (ankle), DT Ryan Glasgow (thigh), DE Kerry Wynn (concussion), OT Cordy Glenn (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder)
Bengals DE Carl Lawson (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: Steelers OLB Jay Elliott (hamstring)

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper Projects Alabama C Landon Dickerson to Steelers in Latest Mock Draft

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ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. predicted that the Pittsburgh Steelers will select Alabama center Landon Dickerson in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in his latest mock draft.

Kiper, who released his second mock draft of the season on Thursday, has the Steelers staying with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round to take Dickerson in a mock draft that has three trades in the first round.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Alabama grad could play center or guard, but would be immediately be slotted in as a replacement for retired starter Maurkice Pouncey at center.

Dickerson spent his first three seasons at Florida State before transferring to Alabama in 2019. He started four games at right guard and nine games at center in 2019 and started at center in 2020, where he was the winner of the Rimington Trophy as the country’s best center.

Dickerson suffered an ACL injury in the SEC Championship Game in December and concerns regarding that injury have depressed Dickerson’s draft value, but he is generally considered to be the best center in the class and no worse than a second-round pick.

NFL Draft Scout also recently projected Dickerson to the Steelers in a mock draft.

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Poll: What Was Biggest Issue with Steelers Running Game in 2020?

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The Steelers finished dead last in the NFL in rushing in 2020 and general manager Kevin Colbert has seen it as a top offseason priority to rectify that standing going into 2021.

The Steelers have already made a change in coaching, with Matt Canada and Adrian Klemm taking over as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

There will also be substantive changes to the personnel, as starting center Maurkice Pouncey has retired and starting running back James Conner, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, left guard Matt Feiler and right tackle Zach Banner are pending free agents.

“You can’t say the runners weren’t good enough or the quarterbacks weren’t good enough or the line wasn’t good enough,” Colbert said in speaking with the media last week. “To put out the kind of running game we did, no one was good enough. And again, that is a collective effort. … We need to finish (seasons). And I think having a strong running game helps teams finish in that time of year.”

With that being said, Steelers fans, which area of the running game do you think was the biggest issue in 2020?

What was the biggest issue with the Steelers 2020 running game?

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NFL Insider John Clayton: Steelers Out of Running for J.J. Watt

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One of the league’s most prominent insiders believes the Steelers are out of the running for free agent defensive end J.J. Watt.

Joining The PM Team on 93.7 The Fan on Wednesday, NFL insider John Clayton said Watt will not be joining his brothers T.J. and Derek in Pittsburgh.

Clayton sees the Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills as the favorites to land Watt’s services.

For a potential dark horse, Clayton says the Las Vegas Raiders as an outside-the-box candidate to sign the veteran pass rusher.

Watt leaves Houston as one of the greatest players in franchise history. He was selected to five Pro Bowls, named First-Team All-Pro on five occasions and earned three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.

A future Hall of Famer, Watt is the Texans’ all-time leader in sacks (101), tackles-for-loss (172) and forced fumbles (25).

Watt recorded 52 total tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown in 2020.

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