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Heinz has returned to Acrisure Stadium, as the ketchup giant’s name is displayed above the Gate C entrance and on three smaller circular-shaped signs near the Allegheny light rail transit station on the west side of the stadium. It was recently installed as part of the new sponsorship agreement finalized in September between the Kraft Heinz Co. and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

🏈 Kenny Pickett has the lowest pass touchdown-interception rate this season with three touchdowns and eight interceptions (0.38). On the flip side, Pickett has the highest completion percentage (70.6%) against the blitz in the NFL, along with an impressive passer rating of 108.4. 

🏈 Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky broke down Kenny Pickett’s 24-yard touchdown pass to George Pickens from Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. While many are down on Pickett’s development, Orlovsky thinks otherwise. “Pickett has done some good, encouraging, impressive stuff the last few weeks,” Orlovsky said. Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner also thinks Pickett is picking up his game.

🏈 With 1.5 sacks on Monday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts, T.J. Watt would move into second place for the fewest games to reach 75.0 career sacks all-time, according to NFL Research.

🏈 NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger broke down T.J. Watt’s remarkable interception off Joe Burrow on Sunday.

“T.J. Watt, few can hope to imitate his play but everyone can learn from it!” Baldinger said.

🏈 Terry Bradshaw offered advice for quarterback Zach Wilson, who was benched by the New York Jets on Wednesday.

“That’s when I started becoming a quarterback, when I developed a tough skin… He needs to get like I got,” Bradshaw said on The Herd in reference to when Chuck Noll benched him in 1974.

🏈 The Steelers have been 3-7 after 10 games just four times over the last 37 seasons (2022, 2003, 1988, 1986).

🏈 According to Scott Kascmar, the Steelers are 72-1-1 at home when they score 30+ points and are +2 in turnover differential. The lone loss was Sunday against the Bengals.

🏈 Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report named George Pickens as the Steelers’ best rookie so far this year. “A second-round selection out of Georgia, Pickens is already shaping up to be the latest Day 2 gem of a pass-catcher for Pittsburgh—following in the footsteps of players like Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster,” Knox wrote. Pickens has compiled 33 receptions for 453 yards (13.7 average) and two touchdowns through 10 games.

🏈 According to Pro Football Network’s mock draft simulator, Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. reached 23.5% of Steelers fans’ selections at the top of the first round, but interestingly enough, with a much lower ADP, Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski was selected 12.3% of the time.

🏈 Joe Haden wants to be the next Michael Strahan, Nate Burleson, A.J. Hawk, or Ryan Clark. “I really want to do some broadcasting,” Haden told Kay Adams.

🏈 Starting Thursday, the NFL will honor John Madden every Thanksgiving forevermore with a stencil of Madden on each 25-yard line, a matching logo on all player helmets, and a $10,000 gift to a local high school or youth football team in the name of each Madden Player of the Game.

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