Pittsburgh Steelers: 3 Bold predictions vs. Jets, Week 16

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2. Devlin Hodges rebounds

After throwing four interceptions, there’s nowhere for Hodges to go but up. The undrafted rookie from Samford suffered his first loss as a starter on Sunday. Hodges now has five touchdown passes and six interceptions this season.

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Despite the recent debacle, there’s still hope for Hodges moving forward. As it stands, JuJu Smith-Schuster is slated to return in Week 16. The former Pro Bowler missed the previous four games with a knee injury.

Smith-Schuster will return to a young receiving corps that has grown a lot in his absence. Both Diontae Johnson and James Washington look like entirely different players than they did at the start of the season. While Pittsburgh’s receiving corps is extremely inexperienced, it has the talent capable of buoying Hodges and the Steelers’ offense.

It helps that the Steelers are facing New York’s mediocre pass defense. The Jets allow 239.9 passing yards per game, which ranks 19th in the league. The Jets are also tied for the fifth-fewest interceptions this season with eight.

Switching back to Mason Rudolph should absolutely be off of the table. Pittsburgh’s offense can take shots with Hodges under center. Throwing Rudolph in there neuters the offense because he can’t be trusted to make or take longer throws. Hodges should start for the remainder of 2019.