The Pittsburgh Steelers may have added a win on Sunday, but not all signs are pointing up. Here are my takeaways from Week 9 against the Colts.
In their second consecutive home game following the bye week, the Steelers defeated the Colts in what came down to a nail-biting finish. It was a back-and-fourth struggled for Pittsburgh as turnovers, and poor officiating was the story of the afternoon for both teams.
While the Steelers defense continued to impress, their offense seems to be stuck in the same rut it has been all season. Here are my takeaways from Pittsburgh’s fourth win of the season:
Mason Rudolph hasn’t improved enough
If Mason Rudolph has improved since playing the second half of week 2 against the Seahawks, it hasn’t been by much. While Randy Fichtner might not be doing Rudolph any favors by calling such a conservative game, the second-year quarterback failed to execute – managing just 191 yards on 35 attempts.
Rudolph continually dinked and dunked the ball underneath, and he failed to sustain drives. He earned just a 22.6 quarterback rating on the game – the lowest mark he has had all season. Rudolph is only 28th in the league in QBR halfway through the 2019 season, and there is plenty of reason to worry moving forward.