Steelers bench QB Mason Rudolph for Devlin Hodges

The Steelers benched Mason Rudolph for Devlin Hodges in the second half of Sunday's 16-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pittsburgh was down 7-3 after the first drive in the third quarter when Rudolph was benched. It didn't take long for Hodges to make his mark on the game as he found James Washington for a 79-yard catch-and-run touchdown. That score marked the Steelers' first TD of the game and they added two field goals in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after the game that he made the change to Hodges because he felt the offense needed a spark, but would not speculate on who his quarterback would be for next week's game against the Browns.

"I may have already made it as I stand up here right now," Tomlin said. "I'm just not going to share it with you guys."

The switch at quarterback didn't come as a surprise. Rudolph finished the day 8-of-16 for 85 yards with one interception and a passer rating of 39.8. Hodges went 5-of-11 for 118 yards and the TD in relief duty.

Overshadowed by the unfortunate helmet incident involving Rudolph and Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, Rudolph had a horrendous day in Week 11 against Cleveland. He threw four interceptions and completed 23 of 44 passes (52 percent) for 221 yards, one touchdown and a 36.3 rating.

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