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James Conner and Jordan Whitehead feature prominently in Monday Night Football

The former Pitt Panthers both had a significant impact on the Steelers’ Monday Night Football win over the Buccaneers

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

With the Le’Veon Bell situation being what it is, James Conner has taken full advantage of the opportunity the Steelers have given him the last few weeks. He’s not the same player Bell is, but he’s been a pretty adequate replacement so far.

Last night, Conner helped seal the win when the Steelers needed to get a few first downs to run out the clock against the surging Buccaneers. On the Steelers second to last drive, Conner broke off a 27 yard run before being tackled by Jordan Whitehead. The drive ended up having to punt, but Conner helped to truly seal it at the end with a 17 yard run to give the Steelers the first down they needed to kneel it out.

Conner finished the night with 15 carries for for 61 yards rushing, along with 5 catches for 34 yards. This is the 3rd week in a row that Conner has caught 5 passes to go along with his rushing duties.

As for Jordan Whitehead, he got into the game after Chris Conte was forced to retire immediately after this play:

He finished the game with 4 tackles, and even though he did bite on a few pass plays that opened up receivers for the Steelers, he can at least point to this stat:

Obviously Jordan is entirely responsible for all of that.

In either case, it was great to see two former Pitt players in a great NFL game.