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Steelers going with Mason Rudolph vs. Bengals

The Steelers make a change at QB.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals are set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16.

However, the Steelers won’t have Kenny Pickett at quarterback, as he’s still recovering from ankle surgery.

In his place, Mitch Trubisky has been starting, but he’s been so bad that the team is now going to third-stringer Mason Rudolph.

Head coach Mike Tomlin made the announcement on Monday.

Ironically, Rudolph has a winning record as a starter at 5-4-1, two of which came over the 2-14 Bengals during the 2019 season. He’s completed 238/387 career passes (61.5%) for 2,369 yards and 16 touchdowns vs. 11 interceptions. However, Rudolph hasn’t started a game since the 2021 season, which was a 16-16 tie at home to the Detroit Lions.

The Bengals desperately need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive, so hopefully, Lou Anarumo has a great game plan to stifle Rudolph and the Steelers offense in what could be a low-scoring affair.