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Film Room: How the Steelers Pulled off Calvin Austin TD (+)



Steelers WR Calvin Austin III
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Calvin Austin III (19) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

The Steelers hit another explosive play this week against the Raiders. This time, it came from Calvin Austin III on a 72-yard touchdown on a post route. But the way the Steelers it was completely different from last week’s iteration with George Pickens. Pittsburgh’s schematics in that Pickens touchdown were sound, but this touchdown against the Raiders is one of the best examples of Matt Canada using some nifty stuff schematically to make it pop. Kenny Pickett broke down what he saw on that play.

“Yeah, it was big. We needed it,” Pickett said. “They were doing a really good job with doubling George [Pickens] all night, making it really hard to get him touches. So, that leaves other guys singled up. (Calvin Austin III) had press (coverage), he took the post, and it was really good. We missed that earlier in the season against San Fran. It was good to hit it tonight.”

Circle very hard on the double Pickens part because it makes this entire thing work from a play design standpoint.

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