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Los Angeles Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Predictions 11-10-2019


The Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to turn their season around and ripped off a three-game winning streak to even their record at 4-4. The Steelers will try to make it four straight when they host the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

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Pittsburgh dropped its first three games of the season and battled back into the postseason picture at the midway point despite quarterback Mason Rudolph learning on the job after taking over for injured franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Week 2. "He's a young guy," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters of Rudolph. "We are just trying to find our rhythm and traction, and we can't have a lot of self-inflicted wounds along the way. We have had some. Thankfully, they haven't prevented us from winning. We need to get better. And not only him, but us, the units collectively." The Rams, who are coming off a bye, are winners of two straight and pulled out of a funk by picking on two teams at the bottom of the standings in their respective conferences - the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals. "We just got to keep rolling," defensive tackle Aaron Donald told reporters. "We're feeling good, but we got to keep working. Can't be satisfied."

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Rams -3.5. O/U: 44

ABOUT THE RAMS (5-3): Los Angeles is expected to get a boost on defense this week from the return of linebacker Clay Matthews, who has been out since suffering a broken jaw in Week 5. "Anytime you come off an injury, that first game is kind of the biggest obstacle, the biggest hurdle," Matthews told reporters. "It feels good just having my helmet on it, getting it jostled and everything. ... I anticipate it to go well." Not as close to a return is wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who suffered two concussions last month and went to Pittsburgh ahead of the team to see a specialist but is not expected to stick around for the game.

ABOUT THE STEELERS (4-4): While Rudolph and the offense continue to develop, the defense is keeping Pittsburgh in the win column. Outside linebacker T.J. Watt leads the team with 7.5 sacks and fellow outside linebacker Bud Dupree was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a pair of sacks in last week's 26-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, bringing his season total to six. "Bud is balling," Watt told reporters. "I said it last week, and I see the way that he approaches watching film and practice, and you just have a feeling when you're playing. It seems like every week for me and Bud and this whole defense, we all just have feelings that it's going to be a great game."

EXTRA POINTS

1. Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) was limited in practice this week and could miss his second straight game.

2. Rams WR Cooper Kupp recorded 220 receiving yards against Cincinnati before the bye and is third in the NFL with 792 yards.

3. Los Angeles/St. Louis has not beaten the Steelers since a 33-21 triumph at Pittsburgh in 2003.

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Heinz Field
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Last Injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Benny Snell Jr.

    Knee
    Late Nov | out

    Snell Jr. is sidelined with a knee injury and is expected to miss two to three weeks.

  • Joe Haden

    Illness
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Haden is battling an illness, but he is likely to be available for Thursday's clash against the Browns.

  • Roosevelt Nix

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Nix has been sent to the injured reserve list due to a knee injury.

  • Ryan Switzer

    Back
    I-R | I-R

    Switzer is on the injured reserve list due to a back injury.

  • Anthony Chickillo

    Ribs
    Out Thurs | out

    Chickillo has injured ribs, and he will not face the Browns on Thursday.

  • Olasunkanmi Adeniyi

    Upper Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Adeniyi left Thursday's contest with an upper-body injury, and it is unknown if he will return.

  • Le'Veon Bell

    Ribs
    Prob Sun | probable

    Bell is likely to suit up against the Redskins on Sunday despite battling an illness and sore ribs.

  • Ramon Foster

    Concussion
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Foster has missed the past two games due to a concussion, but he is likely to be cleared in time for Thursday's clash against the Browns.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Aqib Talib

    Ribs
    I-R | I-R

    Talib has been designated for the injured reserve list due to injured ribs.

  • Tanzel Smart

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smart missed the last game due to an illness, and it is unclear if he will be healthy enough Sunday versus the Bears.

  • Gerald Everett

    Wrist
    Prob Sun | probable

    Everett is battling a wrist injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Bears.

  • Tyler Higbee

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Higbee has a knee injury, but he is likely to suit up against the Bears on Sunday.

  • Darious Williams

    Ankle
    Out Sun | out

    Williams left the last game due to an ankle injury and will not play Sunday against the Bears.

  • Rob Havenstein

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Havenstein is sidelined with a knee injury, and he is on a week-to-week basis going forward.

  • Brian Allen

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Allen has hit the injured reserve list due to an MCL injury in his left knee.

  • Bryce Hager

    Shoulder
    I-R | I-R

    Hager is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

pittsburgh-steelers Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Mason Rudolph 2 1 85.960 76 46 26 2 2 14 4 286
Ben Roethlisberger 2 2 65.995 45 62 35 1 2 7 0 351
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
James Conner 3 3 97 14 34 1
Benny Snell Jr. 3 1 29 23 4 0
Jaylen Samuels 3 0 22 7 5 0
Mason Rudolph 2 1 22 7 5 0
Johnny Holton 3 1 9 9 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
JuJu Smith-Schuster 3 3 243 76 14 23 1
Diontae Johnson 3 1 94 39 7 15 1
James Washington 3 2 88 45 6 14 0
Vance McDonald 3 3 88 21 10 13 2
James Conner 3 3 70 23 11 12 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Terrell Edmunds 3 3 20 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Devin Bush 3 2 17 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Haden 3 3 16 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Mike Hilton 3 1 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Stephon Tuitt 3 3 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 24 5
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Chris Boswell 3 0 5 5 46 4 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Johnny Holton 3 1 2 0 21 42
Ryan Switzer 3 1 2 0 26 43
Diontae Spencer 3 0 1 0 60 60
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Ben Roethlisberger 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
James Conner 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Mason Rudolph 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Maurkice Pouncey 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Switzer 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Chris Boswell 3 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vance McDonald 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Diontae Johnson 3 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
James Conner 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
JuJu Smith-Schuster 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Diontae Spencer 3 0 5 4 17 38
Ryan Switzer 3 1 2 3 1 1
Diontae Johnson 3 1 1 0 11 11

los-angeles-rams Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Jared Goff 3 3 84.504 66 105 66 3 6 35 4 737
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Todd Gurley II 3 3 203 25 44 1
Malcolm Brown 3 0 97 17 20 2
Robert Woods 3 3 43 20 5 0
Jared Goff 3 3 12 8 12 1
Brandin Cooks 3 3 10 8 2 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Cooper Kupp 3 3 267 66 23 31 2
Brandin Cooks 3 3 225 57 13 22 1
Robert Woods 3 3 143 22 13 23 0
Gerald Everett 3 1 43 11 6 7 0
Tyler Higbee 2 2 41 18 6 8 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Cory Littleton 3 3 16 10 1 1 1 26 6 0 0 0
John Johnson III 3 3 12 14 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2
Eric Weddle 3 3 10 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Clay Matthews 3 3 8 1 2 0 0 0 1 4 24 4
Dante Fowler Jr. 3 3 8 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 17 3
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Greg Zuerlein 3 0 7 9 56 8 8
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Jared Goff 3 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Austin Blythe 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Cory Littleton 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Samson Ebukam 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Greg Zuerlein 3 0 29 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cooper Kupp 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Malcolm Brown 3 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Brandin Cooks 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jared Goff 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 5
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Jojo Natson 3 0 6 5 32 61