Devlin Hodges delivers as Steelers beat Cardinals

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The Steelers’ third-string undrafted rookie quarterback looks likes a seasoned veteran.

Devlin Hodges was calm and cool in running Pittsburgh’s offense today in Arizona, completing 16 of 18 passes for 152 yards, with a touchdown and no turnovers, plus 35 rushing yards, as the Steelers beat the Cardinals 23-17.

The Steelers, who started the season 0-3 and lost Ben Roethlisberger for the year with an elbow injury, are now 8-5 and poised to earn a wild-card berth in the AFC. Hodges deserves an enormous amount of the credit for that.

Also deserving credit is a defense led by T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree and Minkah Fitzpatrick, a group that harassed Kyler Murray all day. Joe Haden sealed the win with an interception late in the fourth quarter, his second interception of the game.

The Cardinals have fallen to 3-9-1 and have clinched last place in the NFC West. For all of Murray’s promise, they have a lot of work to do.

But the Steelers are playing about as well as they realistically could have hoped. With Hodges and that defense, this looks like a playoff team.

51 responses to “Devlin Hodges delivers as Steelers beat Cardinals

  1. Stats are overrated… don’t turn the ball over and play solid defense and you will have a chance every game… GOOD JOB DUCK… GREAT job DEFENSE!!!

    #SteelerNation

  2. Who would’ve guessed after starting 0-3 that the Steelers would be acouple games out from first place? Additional by subtraction turned out to be true this year so far.

  3. 8 wins. Tomlin remains never having a losing season. Despite all the personnel adjustments and downgrades.

    Still gonna be Steele Fans looking for a better head coach.

  4. Lol no, the steelers arent a good team. Playing against a young and depleted cardinals team that starting 3 rookies in the secondary. Barely beat the cardinals.
    Someone needs to teach the Steelers fans that they are not supposed to make noise when thier offense is on the field…

  5. You find out a coaches worth when they face adversity. I saw how prepared the Patriots where years ago when they lost Tom Brady for most of the entire 2007 season and rode a QB, Matt Cassell, who didn’t even start in college to an 11-5 record. They still missed the playoffs which was crazy with an 11-5 record but Bill Belichek and his staff were masterful.

    This year the Steelers have lost their future Hall of Fame QB to injury and one of the greatest wide receiver of this generation to stupidity as well as their second string QB to rank ineffectiveness yet they will finish no worse then .500. That is just an amazing job by Mike Tomlin and his staff. And seeing how Antonio Brown imploded on the Steelers, Raiders, and Patriots this season I now view how Tomlin and staff handled him for years differently. The thinking used to be that oh they were soft on him and let him get away with too much. Now I’m amazed how they putted up with him all these years while coaxing All pro seasons from him with out him imploding. Sorry Tomlin haters. He may not be going anywhere for a long time.

  6. The Cardinals have fallen to 3-9-1 and have clinched last place in the NFC West.

    It ain’t Bobby Thompson’s home run, but so what, eh HawkGuapo?
    “The Cardinals clinch the basement!”
    “The Cardinals clinch the basement!”
    “The Cardinals clinch the basement!”
    Where is Russ Hodges when you need him?

  7. Given all the injuries and talent loss. Steelers have exceeded expectations. Nice to see that character still matters. Great job Tomlin! Also, unfair for the Steelers to be given another home game. That will be 10 for the year.

  8. Cardinals just couldn’t get past all the questionable calls that allowed Steelers to sneak away with this one. So much pass interference from Joe Haden that the refs just ignored. And holding was apparently allowed if you wore yellow and black. What a disgrace.

  9. I’ve been as critical of Tomlin as anyone. I think he has underachieved in previous years considering all the talent they had on the offensive side of the ball. However, with the loss of the three “B’s” and starting the year 0-3 it’s crazy that they’re 8-5 and in the wildcard race. Considering all these things he certainly deserves strong consideration for coach of the year.

  10. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm
    Cardinals just couldn’t get past all the questionable calls that allowed Steelers to sneak away with this one. So much pass interference from Joe Haden that the refs just ignored. And holding was apparently allowed if you wore yellow and black. What a disgrace.

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    Do you want my terrible towel to wipe your tears away 😭

  11. I think like whenwilliteverend. I think the Steelers should of done a lot better when they were stacked with offensive talent. I too blamed Tomlin and still do.
    This year is by far his best coaching job.

    i hope Duck Season don’t end!

  12. The Cardinals have fallen to 3-9-1 and have clinched last place in the NFC West. For all of Murray’s promise, they have a lot of work to do.

    ——–

    Starting with going and getting a franchise QB.

  13. betterlookingthanbatman3 says:
    December 8, 2019 at 7:27 pm
    Tomlinson leaving for Washington or Carolina

    Ladainian retired years ago.

  14. I am a steelers fan but also a realist. In this recent run they have only beaten ONE team with a winning record. I think this is the highest point of the roller coaster ride of a season, its all down hill from here. With the Ravens and Bills coming up and a sketchy Jets team, the steelers could end the season 9-7 and miss the playoffs.

  15. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 8, 2019 at 7:43 pm
    If they make the playoffs they will be one and done.

    ****************************************************************

    Seeing as how the Pats have played against actual playoff-caliber teams lately, so are they.

  16. Patsfanforlifesbchumps says: “Steelers are one and done if they make playoffs”. After KC, looks like that could be your team’s fate, bean dip.

  17. I am a steelers fan but also a realist. In this recent run they have only beaten ONE team with a winning record. I think this is the highest point of the roller coaster ride of a season, its all down hill from here. With the Ravens and Bills coming up and a sketchy Jets team, the steelers could end the season 9-7 and miss the playoffs.
    *********************************************
    Because you expected more in week 3? Oh yeah, the standard is the standard. smh

    By anyone’ but the most biased fan this has been a banner year for the Steelers, even if they didn’t win another game.

  18. Two thoughts:

    1. Mason Rudolph is a jabroni fraud who is among the worst Qbs on any roster.
    2. Cardinals to the pit of misery! Take pretty boy Kingsbury who had LOSING COLLEGE RECORD and send him on his way! Now he’s a lose in two leagues! Reverse meritocracy!

  19. Let’s remember that Duck was the Steelers 4th string quarterback heading into the season. He wasn’t even roster-bound til the Steelers traded Dobbs in September. What a great story.

  20. I’m sure the Steelers will have another parade after beating the NFCW basement dwelling 3-win Cardinals but the fact is, the Steelers barely won this game and the Cardinals should be celebrating their 4th win had it not been for the horrible pro-Steelers officiating.

  21. Some haters on this thread seem to really be obsessed with the Steelers! The Steelers are doing a WHOLE lot with what they have. Who cares if the teams don’t have winning records. No Ben, Bell, AB, Ju-Ju, Conner… We’re on a four game win streak! If we don’t win another game, this would still be impressive. How are the haters’ teams doing?

  22. As a Steelers fan, I know this team has no shot at winning a Super Bowl, but I’m proud of their character and determination. The defense finally started to show their true potential, and is still very young and can be good for many years. Duck isn’t winning games by himself but he’s sustaining drives and playing smart football and not just standing there taking hits like Rudolph. The wheels would have most likely come off after starting 0-3 with Brown and Bell on the team.

  23. Still got alot of work to d if the Steelers want to go deep in the playoffs. The O played okay but must play better vs top competition to advance further. The offense has got to pick it up.

  24. Every Steelers game is now a nail biter. They have just enough offense to put points on the board and a defense that’s strong enough to be the deciding factor. But there is angst for me until the clock stops at the end of the game. Three interceptions were the difference in the game. Buffalo next is going to be another tough game. This isn’t the Steelers of old but they keep finding ways to win. GO STEELERS!

  25. From a Ravens fan, ignore the haters and trolls Steeler fans. You guys are having a hell of a season considering the circumstances. Mike Tomlin is coach of the year in my book. I dread facing this D twice a year. I just hope that Lamar can continue to improve to keep up with this D you have. Good luck the rest of the way.

  26. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 8, 2019 at 8:49 pm
    I’m sure the Steelers will have another parade after beating the NFCW basement dwelling 3-win Cardinals but the fact is, the Steelers barely won this game and the Cardinals should be celebrating their 4th win had it not been for the horrible pro-Steelers officiating.

    An UNDRAFTED QB barely won again, just like last week.

  27. Beat the 2018 #1 overall draft pick last week; beat the 2019 #1 overall draft pick this week. Now our undrafted QB needs to take out the other 2018 1st round QBs in Allen, Darnold, and Jackson to finish things up!

  28. As a Steelers fan what I like best about the past few weeks is that the Steelers are winning games that they have managed to lose in the past. They always seemed to play down to the competition but now they are taking care of business. Regardless of how the season ends, my hat is off to a great job during a bad luck year.

  29. It is official ! The Steelers have a winning season after all odds were against them and injuries had depleted their roster. It is an amazing story and a credit to the culture of the organization. Simply incredible.

  30. Tomlin is hands down the Coach of the Year. He’s doing a great job with what he has to work with.

  31. Great to see Duck playing well, room for improvement but overall good to see. Man I would love to have Ben playing with the defense looking so strong though!!!

  32. Great to see another TEAM victory. So refreshing to see a humble team attitude with no divas. Great to see Tomlin silencing all the haters and bigots with a superior coaching effort. But let’s not kid ourselves they are not going very far this year without Ben….but I love this teams effort and spirit and Duck is a great role model for kids to emulate…..a team player.

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