After future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with a season-ending elbow injury, the Steelers showed how confident they were in 24-year Mason Rudolph by trading away their 2020 first round draft pick to Miami for second year defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Rudolph got off to a rocky start in his first game, losing 24-20 to the San Francisco 49ers. Aside from two long touchdown passes of 76 and 39 yards, Rudolph’s debut was lackluster, to say the least. If you take away the two touchdowns, Rudolph finished the game 12 of 25 for a dismal 59 yards and one interception.
The former Oklahoma State Cowboy looks to rebound in primetime this Monday night against division rival Cincinnati. The Bengals, who travel to Heinz Field with an 0-3 record, will face a Pittsburgh home crowd that knows how to bring the raucous. Pittsburgh has won 16 straight Monday night home games, with their last loss coming all the way back in 1991. Even when they’re not at home, the Steelers know how to bring it on Monday night, as they enter this game with a 25-5 record when they play the last game of the football weekend.
Week 4 will be a season-defining week for all AFC North teams, as Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and the rest of the Cleveland Browns will travel to Baltimore to face the division leading Ravens, who are off to an impressive 2-1 start thanks to the arm (and legs) of exciting young quarterback Lamar Jackson. While Monday night’s winner will avoid the basement of the division, both teams will still likely be looking up at the Ravens. AFC North odds stand as follows heading into the weekend:
Baltimore Ravens: 8/11 (was 5/4)
Cleveland Browns: 7/4 (was 2/1)
Pittsburgh Steelers: 9/1 (was 5/2)
Cincinnati Bengals: 50/1 (was 25/1)