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Steelers Air it Out, Dominate Bengals to Stay Undefeated

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PITTSBURGH — In a game that started off sloppy, both because of the weather and the play on the field, the Steelers eventually managed to separate themselves from the Bengals, airing it out for a 36 to 10 win at Heinz Field.

Cincinnati’s defense held the powerful Pittsburgh offense in check most of the first quarter. Chris Boswell connected on a couple field goals, one thanks to a Bengals fumble, but quarterback Roethlisberger eventually found his many weapons, throwing for 333 yards with 27 completions off 46 attempts. Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool (twice) all found themselves in the end zone throughout the game, grabbing Roethlisberger’s 4 touchdown passes. Roethlisberger’s touchdown passes set a franchise record for games with multiple touchdown passes and moved him into 8th place on the NFL’s all-time list.

While Joe Burrow was able to complete some big plays, like a 51 yard bomb to Tee Higgins in the first half, TJ Watt and company proved to be too much for the star rookie quarterback out of LSU to handle. And unlike some of the Steelers previous opponents, Cincinnati failed to make it competitive late, as Pittsburgh earned one of their most convincing and dominating wins of the year. Burrow finished the game going 21 for 40 for 213 yards and 1 touchdown pass. He was sacked 4 times.

The Steelers continue their remarkable undefeated start to the 2020 season, now sitting at 9-0. It’s even possible Pittsburgh could still get better, and most importantly healthier, as the season progresses. Corner back Mike Hilton missed another game despite wide speculation he would return in the team’s first home game in a month to face Cincinnati.

Mike Tomlin’s team goes back on the road next week when the Steelers travel to Jacksonville to take on the struggling Jaguars. Odds will certainly favor Pittsburgh picking up double digit wins, something the Steelers have not accomplished in 3 years, on Sunday, November 22nd. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm. and the game will be broadcast on CBS (KDKA locally).

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Should Steelers Sign Zach Banner to be Starter in 2021?

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Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault.

He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. With Banner expected to be ready for a return next season, should the Steelers sign the 27-year-old with the anticipation that he could be a key piece to bolster the offensive line that was missing during the 2020 season?

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Zach Banner Announces Self-imposed Social Media Ban Until he Signs New Deal

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Zach Banner is sending a clear message about his priorities ahead of the 2021 NFL season. Banner, who is a free agent and looking for a new deal with the Steelers, tweeted that he is going to stay off social media until he officially signs on the dotted line.

Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault. He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. Banner now hopes to return to Pittsburgh and be the missing piece the Steelers offensive line desperately needs.

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Rooney: Steelers Plan to Return to St. Vincent for 2021 Training Camp

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There is plenty that remains up in the air about the 2021 NFL offseason, but the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plans to resume one of their enduring traditions that was broken by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The Steelers were forced to forgo their trip to the campus of St. Vincent College near Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 2020 due to the NFL’s rules regarding keeping players isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s unclear how much those restrictions will change for the NFL teams this summer, but as things stand as of today, the Steelers are still making plans to return to the Laurel Highlands for the team’s annual training camp this summer.

“As we sit here today, our plan is to have training camp in Latrobe,” team president Art Rooney II said to Steelers.com on Friday. “We still have a ways to go to get there, but I think there’s a pretty good chance that’s going to be able to happen. We’re still hopeful we’re going to have some form of offseason program, and it’s probably not going to start on time but I think it’s important particularly for the young players that we get back to having an offseason program and then a full training camp and preseason games. I think we need to have that to help the young players continue to develop.”

Displaced from their usual bucolic summer home and from UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side due to capacity limitations, the Steelers spent the 2020 training camp and preseason at Heinz Field.

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