Baltimore Ravens: What happened during the bye week?
Pittsburgh Steelers beatdown lowly Miami Dolphins:
It started out ugly, but the Pittsburgh Steelers were eventually able to nab a victory against perhaps the worst team in football Monday night vs. the Miami Dolphins. After being down 14-0 early on, the Steelers woke up and scored 27 unanswered points to win the contest 27-14. The Dolphins got off to a hot-start but folded quickly as the Steelers marched right down the field again and again.
During the game, we saw Pittsburgh’s offense struggled early and then eventually come alive. Miami’s awful defensive playcalling certainly helped them rebound, but youngsters like Dionte Johnson were major bright spots during the game. JuJu Smith-Schuster had his finest performance thus far in 2019 and James Conner was running hard.
Naturally, the Steelers defense was on full display and got after Ryan Fitzpatrick all night long. Former Miami Dolphin Minkah Fitzpatrick recorded two interceptions against his former team and was a major point of strength for a great defensive performance from the team. All in all, it was a good win for the Steelers…well, except for Mason Rudolph.
Rudolph struggled, despite what his solid stat line will tell you. Rudolph was seeing the same ghosts on the field that Sam Darnold was a week prior. Rudolph looked rattled all night long and not like the potential future of the franchise. If I’m the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’m worried about my future in the hands of Rudolph and am doing homework on the 2020 NFL Draft’s quarterback group.
Until then, the Steelers sit in second place in the AFC North but are well behind the Baltimore Ravens. With Ben Roethlisberger under center, this season could’ve been different. Instead, Pittsburgh will settle for a mediocre season and hope for a better one in 2020.