Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, who at times this season lamented Rudolph's tendency to eschew field-stretching plays, said the young signal-caller is coming off his best game as a pro in the 17-12 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
"I think it was his best game of consistently making decisions and putting the ball in proper spots," Fichtner said Tuesday, via the team's official website. "That led to opportunities down the field.
"And he did a nice job with it, put balls in places we could catch them."
Rudolph looked more decisive Sunday, and while he still relies heavily on dump-offs, he targeted receivers more than previous weeks. He also displayed a willingness to stretch the field.
"I just feel like he's coming into himself, man," center Maurkice Pouncey said. "It takes time at that position. I know every writer wants the guy to be a Hall-of-Famer as soon as they step in there, but be a little patient.
"You just see it, man, the ball's down the field, the adjustments, the audibles, him coming out there, just feeling comfortable, standing in the pocket. If you really know football and you watch the games, obviously, you can say over the weeks he's getting better."
The Steelers' offense under Rudolph remains a shaky proposition with fewer big plays and inconsistent production on third downs, but Pittsburgh sees strides being made.
The Steelers have found a formula to win three straight games behind a suffocating defense and an offense that gets just enough production. At some point down the stretch, however, they'll need Rudolph to make a play to beat a good team in a tough spot. That situation could come Thursday at Cleveland in a pivotal game for playoff positioning.