Steelers News: The last time the Steelers and Dolphins met on Monday Night Football, it was ugly
The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving into Week 8 of the NFL regular season, and as the team prepares for the Miami Dolphins this week we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until the next game starts!
Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at the last time the Steelers and Dolphins met on Monday Night Football. Yeah, the mud bowl game. So bad.
Let’s get to the news:
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins have a history together, and most games are more of the forgettable variety. However, the last time these two teams met on Monday Night Football in Pittsburgh, it was so ugly it became memorable.
Tim Benz: How awful ‘Mud Bowl’ Dolphins compare to awful team set to face Steelers
By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
This Miami Dolphins team the Pittsburgh Steelers will face Monday night is bad.
Every bit as worthy of being 0-6 bad as you might assume.
Offensively, the Dolphins are tied for last with the New York Jets in the NFL in points per game (10.5). They are 31st in the league in yards per game (258.7). On a per game basis, they rank 31th in time of possession (26:50), 31st in rushing yards (66.7) and 30th in passing yards (192).
Defensively, the Dolphins allow 35.2 points per game, worst in the NFL. Their 417.3 yards allowed per game is 30th in the league. Their 160.8 yards allowed per game on the ground is 31st in the league. Their 9.4 passing yards allowed per play is at the bottom of the rankings.
Over the first four weeks, Miami was outscored 163-26.
Go ahead. Find a silver lining in that mess.
Oh, their minus -11 turnover margin is the worst in the game, too.
At least they have been better the last two outings. Miami lost by only a point (17-16) to the Washington Redskins two weeks ago. And the Buffalo Bills needed a late onside-kick return for a touchdown for a 31-21 victory over the Fins on Sunday.
And the Dolphins are only 0-6.
I say “only” because the last time Miami visited Heinz Field for a “Monday Night Football” affair in 2007, they began the evening 0-10.
You remember that game, don’t you?
Who runs the AFC North? In case you didn’t know, it is the Baltimore Ravens.
Kevin Gorman’s Who runs the North?: Ravens say bye-bye to Steelers, Browns
By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
If there were any questions about who runs the AFC North – and a certain someone suggested last week that it was Seattle – Lamar Jackson answered them with aplomb.
Jackson didn’t just run past the Seahawks, he helped the Baltimore Ravens say bye-bye to the division title hopes of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns during their off week.
Jackson rushed for 116 yards and passed for 143 yards in outdueling Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, but his big-play ability was more important than his numbers. Jackson had a 30-yard run on a third-and-8 from the Ravens’ 12.
And John Harbaugh showed faith in the second-year star by going for it on fourth down, and Jackson rewarded that belief by scoring from 8 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
So much for a Ravens loss helping the Steelers close the gap on first place in the division. Instead, the Ravens increased their lead to three games before their bye.
Mason Rudolph won’t be shying away from his progressive style of play after his concussion.
Mason Rudolph will “play the game that I’ve always played with aggressiveness”
By: Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk
The Steelers announced last week that quarterback Mason Rudolph cleared the concussion protocol and was in line to return to the starting lineup against the Dolphins on Monday night in Week Eight.
Rudolph missed one game as a result of the concussion he suffered against the Ravens in Week Five and it seemed like he’d be out for a longer period of time given the fact that he was knocked out by the hit to the head from Earl Thomas.
Rudolph said on Monday that the way Thomas hit him was a “freak thing” that “kind of shut off my brain, not my spinal cord, but my stem.” He doesn’t remember the hit, but passed all of the testing and says he isn’t going to change anything about his game as a result of the experience.
“You can’t play looking over your shoulder,” Rudolph said, via the team’s website. “I’m not going to think twice about it. I’m going to go play the game that I’ve always played with aggressiveness, and if I need to extend the play, that’s what’s going to happen. I’m not going to think twice about worrying about getting hit in the right spot. That’s just the luck of the draw. It happens. A freak thing and I’m going to move on from it.”