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Steelers overcome slow start, drop winless Dolphins 27-14

Mon Oct 28 11:48pm ET
By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

Players: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Allen Hurns, Albert Wilson, Kenyan Drake, James Conner, Mason Rudolph, James Washington, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Benny Snell Jr.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) celebrates with quarterback Mason Rudolph during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) rushes for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) climbs down from the stands after celebrating his touchdown with fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) falls into the end zone for a touchdown after taking a pass from quarterback Mason Rudolph with Miami Dolphins defensive back Chris Lammons (30) defending during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


Miami Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns (17) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24) carries the ball after taking a pass from quarterback Mason Rudolph during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) rolls out while looking to pass with Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) in pursuit during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) looks to throw a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (15) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers stopped beating themselves long enough to keep the Miami Dolphins winless.

James Conner ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Mason Rudolph overcame a shaky start to throw for 251 yards and two scores as the Steelers pulled away for a 27-14 victory on Monday night.

Pittsburgh (3-4) spotted the Dolphins (0-7) a 14-point first quarter lead before steadying itself to win consecutive games for the first time since ripping off six straight in the middle of last season. Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, acquired in a trade with Miami last month, picked off Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick twice, and Pittsburgh forced four turnovers in all to avoid an embarrassing loss that would have effectively ended the competitive portion of its season.

Rudolph completed 20 of 36 passes, including a 45-yard touchdown to rookie Diontae Johnson late in the second quarter and a 26-yard strike to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the third quarter that put the Steelers in control. Smith-Schuster caught five passes for 103 yards, his first 100-yard game of the year.

Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 190 yards with two touchdowns and two picks, but a rare hot start couldn't prevent Miami from staying winless through seven games for the first time since 2011. The Dolphins have dropped 10 straight dating back to last season.

Rudolph stressed he wasn't worried about the long-term effects of a frightening concussion he suffered against Baltimore on Oct. 6, when he was knocked unconscious from a helmet-to-helmet hit by Ravens safety Earl Thomas. Still, playing for the first time in three weeks, he looked shaky at best and completely out of sorts at worst during an ugly opening quarter that saw the Dolphins grab their first two-touchdown lead over any opponent in more than a year.

Pittsburgh's first possession ended with Rudolph throwing a pick to Xavien Howard - back in the lineup after missing two games with a knee injury - and its second ended with an ugly fourth-down misfire by Rudolph.

The Dolphins, in the midst of a massive and ceaseless roster overhaul under first-year coach Brian Flores that included trading running back Kenyan Drake to Arizona on Monday for a conditional sixth-round pick in next year's draft, showed their first extended signs of life in an already lost season.

Fitzpatrick found Albert Wilson for a 5-yard touchdown after Howard's interception, and Allen Hurns plowed through several tackles on his way to a 12-yard score that gave Miami - a 14-point underdog - a 14-point advantage for the first time since Oct. 7, 2018. The Dolphins couldn't hold on then, allowing the Bengals to rally for a victory. A year later, not much has changed.

The Steelers pulled within 14-10 at the break thanks to the first of Minkah Fitzpatrick's two interceptions and some curious defensive play-calling by the Dolphins.

Leading by 11 points and with Pittsburgh facing third-and-20 outside of field goal range, Miami opted to blitz and didn't bother to guard Johnson, who took a short pass from Rudolph and used a couple of downfield blocks by James Washington to weave his way 45 yards to the end zone.

Fitzpatrick's second pick - basically an arm punt by Ryan Fitzpatrick - gave the Steelers the ball at Pittsburgh 3. Rudolph then led Pittsburgh 97 yards in 12 plays, the last 26 coming on a pretty lob to the end zone that Smith-Schuster hauled in to put the Steelers up 17-14. Pittsburgh stopped Fitzpatrick on a fourth-down scramble on Miami's ensuing possession - a stop made possible by coach Mike Tomlin's first successful officiating challenge since 2017 - and five plays later, Conner bulled over from 9 yards out to boost Pittsburgh's lead to 10.

INJURIES

Dolphins: Howard's return was brief. He left in the second half after aggravating his knee injury. ... CB Ken Webster left with an ankle injury in the first half and did not return.

Steelers: Conner left in the fourth quarter with an upper-body injury. ... Ramon Foster (concussion) exited with a concussion in the first half and did not return. ... RB Benny Snell left with an ankle injury in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: Welcome the New York Jets (1-6) next Sunday. Miami swept the Jets last season.

Steelers: Host Indianapolis (5-2) next Sunday. Pittsburgh has won each of its last five meetings with the Colts.

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