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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett at practice on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 Former Houston Texans quarterback David Carr thinks Kenny Pickett will have a breakout performance against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. 

“The Pittsburgh Steelers unleash their full potential on offense against division-rival Cincinnati, with interim OC Eddie Faulkner and new offensive play-caller Mike Sullivan replacing Matt Canada. The move pays off for Kenny Pickett, who goes for 300-plus yards and a trio of touchdowns in a Pittsburgh win,” Carr wrote.

🏈 Former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers’ decision to fire offensive coordinator Matt Canada is a sign that the organization truly does believe in Kenny Pickett. Orlovsky said the two main things that Pickett needs to improve on is his pocket awareness and taking more shots downfield.Β 

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🏈 The Steelers lead the league in passes outside the numbers (66.09%) this season, per Benjamin Solak of The Ringer. 

🏈 For the second week in a row, the Steelers have the most at stake in the NFL. If the Steelers beat the Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati, their chances of making the playoffs will rise to 76%. If they lose, their chances will drop to 39%. 

🏈 Former Steelers running back and four-time Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier has his own drink called Purple Heart Bourbon.

“In honor of our nation’s bravest, join us in raising a glass with the limited release Purple Heart Bourbon, hand crafted by Rocky Bleier, his cousin Bob Bleier, a retired New England Patriots player, and Iron Smoke Distillery. This limited release is a celebration of resilience, unity, and the undying spirit of the Purple Heart,” the Iron Smoke Distillery wrote in the description of Bleier’s bourbon on their website.

While serving in Vietnam, Bleier earned a Purple Heart for his bravery in combat. He sustained wounds from enemy gunshots and grenade shrapnel that resulted in multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. Doctors told Bleier that his football career was over, but through determination and grit, he returned to the football field and went on to win four Super Bowl titles with the Steelers in the 1970s.

In honor of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a portion of the proceeds from this limited release will be dedicated to supporting veterans and their families, ensuring they receive the recognition and support they deserve.

You can purchase Bleier’s bourbon here.

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