Steelers Daily Links: Historic Underdogs at Bills, Pickett at Fault for Turnovers?
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be an underdog to historic proportions this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, while social media debate has raged about how responsible Kenny Pickett was for his three interceptions on Sunday.
Kenny Pickett had three interceptions in his NFL debut, but Pro Football Focus charted him with zero turnover-worthy plays (which is certainly debatable). Pickett received a 71.6 passing grade from PFF.
Through four games, Minkah Fitzpatrick is rated as the second-best safety in the NFL by PFF with an 83.8 overall grade. PFF also has Fitzpatrick ranked fifth in coverage grade (81.5), ninth in run defense (78.7) and 10th in passer rating allowed (34.7). Fitzpatrick’s three interceptions rank second among safeties.
Ben Roethlisberger’s latest Footbahlin podcast was released on Monday. Roethlisberger discussed his recent elk hunt, the Steelers Week 4 loss to the Jets, and the importance of raising Godly kids.
According to Ryan Scarpino, the Steelers will be double-digit road dogs on Sunday for just the 13th time since 1986. In the previous 12 games they’ve covered six times. When they don’t cover, the average margin of defeat is 23 points. The Steelers haven’t been a 14-point underdog to any team under Mike Tomlin. The last time they were close to that mark was when they were 13.5-point underdogs in Super Bowl XXX.
Zach Wilson completed 10 of 12 passes (83%) for 128 yards and one touchdown against the Steelers in the fourth quarter. It was the first time a Jets quarterback had a fourth quarter with 120+ yards and an 80% completion percentage since Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Cowboys in Week 15 of 2015.
Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson will call the Steelers-Bills game for CBS on Sunday.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets. Teddy Bridgewater will start in his place.
Broncos running back Javonte Williams suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the MRI also revealed a torn LCL and posterior lateral corner.
49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga continues to turn heads this season, as he had a pick-six off Matthew Stafford in San Francisco’s 24-9 win over the Rams on Monday night.
Mike Tomlin will speak with the media at noon. — Alan Saunders
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