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NFL Update: Rudolph Shines Again, Justice and Jaylen Go Off



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It was an eventful Week 17 for Oklahoma State alums in the NFL, especially a few former Cowboys whose teams will square off next weekend. Let’s start with Mason Rudolph, the Pittsburgh Steelers starting QB.

Rudy Still the Man

A team still on the playoff bubble is putting its hopes in the hands of its veteran.

After starting the year as Pittsburgh’s third option at QB, Rudolph was thrust into as starting role due to Kenny Pickett’s injury and Mitch Trubisky’s inconsistency. It looks like he has done enough with his opportunity to earn the job.

Despite Pickett apparently being cleared for practice, Rudy is THE guy for Pittsburgh’s season finale on Saturday.

Rudolph was nails in his first start, a 34-11 win over Cincinnati last week, and he followed that up with an even more efficient showing in a 30-23 win at Seattle on New Year’s Eve. Rudolph went 18-of-24 for 274 yards and no turnovers.

Another angle on this one.

In his two starts, he’s turned in passer ratings of 124 and 112.2, respectively. He didn’t score on Sunday, but the Steelers did. Before Rudolph took the over, the Steelers averaged just under 16 points per game and hadn’t scored more than 26 points all season. With him, they’re averaging 32 points per game.

Here’s Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin on what Rudolph has done to keep the job.

Justice’s Career Game Helps Ravens Clinch No. 1

Justice Hill made plays all over the field in the Ravens’ 56-19 thumping of Miami, finishing with a career-high 112 yards on offense. He took three handoffs for 48 yards and caught all five targets for 54 yards and a score. He also racked up 102 yards in the return game.

Here are just few of his highlight plays.


Hill’s big game helped the Ravens lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC ahead of their season finale against the Steelers next week.

Jaylen Warren Can’t Be Tackled

This is the section where I fawn over Jaylen Warren’s beautiful violence.

He’s also got Rudolph’s back.

Tune in, Cowboys fans. Warren and Rudolph will square off against Justice and Tylan Wallace, as the Steelers head to Baltimore to face the Ravens at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a nationally televised game on ABC/ESPN.

A Scary Moment for Christian Holmes

There was a scary moment during the Commanders’ home loss to the 49ers when former OSU cornerback Christian Holmes seemingly collapsed out of no where and was then carted off the field.

Holmes did log three tackles and a pass defended and he was Washington’s highest-rated defender according to PFF.

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