He didn’t block Adam Vinatieri’s attempt at a 43-yard field goal to give the Colts a lead with 74 seconds left in the game, but he did make it more difficult.
Bud Dupree finished the game with three tackles, including two for loss, plus two sacks, three hits on the quarterback, and a forced fumble that he recovered himself for one of the Steelers’ three takeaways in the game. And one of Dupree’s tackles for loss came on a third-and-1 from the Steelers’ 22-yard line with 1:20 remaining. When the Colts handed the ball to Marlon Mack and Dupree stopped him for a 3-yard loss, he lengthened Vinatieri’s field goal attempt and prevented the Colts from bleeding more time off the clock. When Vinatieri missed the kick, the Steelers escaped with a 26-24 victory over the Colts at Heinz Field.
Dupree is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were Minkah Fitzpatrick, who had seven tackles, plus an interception that he returned 96 yards for a touchdown; T.J. Watt, who had three tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three hits on the quarterback; Jaylen Samuels, who had 10 yards rushing and 73 yards receiving on 13 catches; James Washington, who caught four passes for 69 yards (17.3 average); and Chris Boswell, who was 4-for-4 on field goals (21, 51, 33, and 26 yards) and 2-for-2 on extra points to finish with 14 points.