UPDATE: Steelers HC Mike Tomlin confirms that Mason Rudolph will start against the Buffalo Bills to open up the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially clinched a 2023-24 NFL playoff berth with a win and Week 18 loss from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, the franchise faces a pivotal decision heading into the playoffs — who will be their quarterback moving forward? Starter Kenny Pickett, or hero backup Mason Rudolph who came in to save the season?
Over the past three weeks, Mason Rudolph has gone 3-0, completing 74.7% of pass attempts for 716 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The team scored 17+ points in all three of those outings, including back-to-back weeks of 30+ points in Weeks 16 and 17. However, Week 18 was a sloppier affair that yielded three total fumbles from Rudolph (one lost) that left some wondering — is Rudolph finally crumbling?
It’s difficult to deny that the offense has shown a different kind of fluidity with Rudolph under center than we’ve seen with starter Kenny Pickett in the many weeks prior. Things that once looked impossible have looked less difficult. Heck — even Week 18’s slop fest yielded top-10 performances in terms of points (17) and yards (289) in a single game this season.
So... vote now; let us know who you think should get the start for the Steelers at quarterback in the Wild Card Round.
Who should the Steelers start in the Wild Card Round of the 2023-24 NFL Playoffs?
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