According to Pro Football Focus, Cameron Sutton has allowed a 50.7% completion percentage in his coverage this season. That’s the sixth-best mark among cornerbacks.
George Pickens has 13 receptions of 20+ yards downfield this season. Only Tyreek Hill and Justin Jefferson have more., per PFF.
Ex-Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs threw his first career touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys defeated the Tennessee Titans, 27-13, but Dobbs showed potential in his first career start. Ben Roethlisberger wished Dobbs good luck on Twitter before the game.
Former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart thinks Kenny Pickett’s game-winning drive against the Las Vegas Raiders will give him more swagger. “It gives you confidence that as long as there’s time on the clock, you’ve got a chance to get it done…you feed off that energy,” Stewart said on 93.7 The Fan.
If the Miami Dolphins lose to the Patriots in New England on Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens can eliminate the Steelers from postseason contention for the fourth time in franchise history, per ESPN Stats & Info. The three other seasons were 1999, 2006 and 2019.
The Denver Broncos’ next head coach will be Justin Simmons’ fifth head coach since being drafted in 2016. … The Steelers have had three head coaches since 1969.
The Ravens will wear their all-black uniforms on Sunday Night Football against the Steelers. The Ravens are 18-5 all- time in the all-black uniforms, which is their highest win rate of any regular combination.
Thursday marked the 48th anniversary of the Steelers’ 24-13 win over the Raiders in the AFC Championship Game. The Steelers would go on to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, 16-6, in Super Bowl IX, the first of four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s. The Steelers compiled 224 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while the Steel Curtain held Oakland to only 29 yards rushing on 21 carries (1.38 average).
On Throwback Thursday, the Steelers’ Twitter account looked back at James Harrison’s dominating performance against the Ravens in Week 9 of the 2007 season. Harrison put up astronomical numbers, recording 10 tackles, six quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks, one pass defended, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Ben Roethlisberger also threw five touchdowns in the game, which was a 38-7 rout over Baltimore on Monday Night Football.
The legendary ESPN the Magazine cover that featured the 2008 Steelers defense was published 14 years ago on Thursday. “Just different!! Love these boys for life,” Ryan Clark tweeted.
Just different!! Love these boys for life. https://t.co/xazSSpenJ8
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) December 29, 2022
🎂 Happy 42nd birthday to former Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham, born this day in 1981 in Wallaceburg, Ontario. Suisham spent his final six NFL seasons with the Steelers from 2010-15 until a knee injury prematurely ended his playing career.
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In a new 2023 NFL Mock Draft, Doug Farrar of USA Today has the Steelers taking Oregon LB Noah Sewell. That is a particularly interesting pick, as the Steelers have rarely mocked a linebacker in these scenarios. But Sewell lines up as a player with football bloodlines, and he is incredibly athletic. There is little doubt that linebacker will be a big need, so this could end up being an underrated possibility.
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The team will return to practice at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex at 10:30 a.m. — Nick Farabaugh, Alan Saunders
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