Steelers Roll to a 27-12 Victory over Clumsy Redskins
The Redskins brought their mistakes with them from New York, this time dropping double-digit passes and seeing their defense look as bad as it has all season. Pittsburgh put on a clinic in all phases of the game, and showed everyone how far the Redskins are from being a contender.
Robert Griffin III was bottled up as a result of dropped passes, which forced the Redskins to become one-dimensional, removing Alfred Morris from the gameplan for most of the second half.
DeAngelo Hall showed is immaturity as he verbally accosted an official and earned himself and ejection, and a likely a nice fine.
Roethlisberger's dink-and-dunk offense puts three touchdowns and a respectable 329 yards on the Redskins defense, but it was never close.
Final Score: Steelers 27, Redskins 12
Pittsburgh's defense played a great game, getting their hands on passes, and putting enough hard hits out there to scare the likes of Josh Morgan out of wanting to catch the ball.
They forced the Redskins to have to throw the ball, and that opened things up for pressure late in the game.
They only got to Griffin once, but they harassed him on more occasions than that. Sound football is a staple of Steeler football, and they proved the more disciplined team on the day.
Ryan Kerrigan continues to be the only one getting any sort of pressure on the quarterback. Brian Orakpo's absence is felt more and more each week.
Jim Haslett needs to re-evaluate his scheme, not just because of the ineffectiveness in the face of injuries.
No one believed this secondary would be any good, and they have lived down to those expectations. The Redskins already had their show of faith this season by extending Haslett and Danny Smith, but it may be time to put some pressure on him to put some pressure on his unit.
The numbers may reflect the first real struggle for Griffin this season, but the tape shows it was a collection of failures from his teammates, particularly his receivers.
On the flip side, the Steelers dropped their fair share of passes, but made the most of what plays they made and kept their offense running smooth.
Dwyer's performance can't be understated, as every bit of his 107-yard outing contributed to Pittsburgh's dominance.
The absence of a pass rush for the Redskins put their already abysmal secondary in deeper trouble. Soft coverage, and a bend, but don't break approach doomed the 'Skins from the start.
Dwyer goes over the century mark for the second time this season, and wisely slides in bounds to keep the clock rolling.
After a gutsy, if mistake-filled, performance against the Giants last week, the Redskins are turning in the dysfunctional debacle of an outing you'd expect from a Zorn or Spurrier coached team.
And the dumpster fire just caught on fire.— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) October 28, 2012
The ball is turned over on downs, but the Redskins take a knee to end the game.
Final Score: Steelers 27, Redskins 12
Everything from here is pretty routine for the Steelers: Run out the clock. Dwyer is inexplicably open out of the backfield, and picks up eight yards for a first down, and the Redskins burn a timeout.
DeAngelo Hall takes his helmet off on the field, and starts trash talking the referee. He draws dual penalties and is rightfully ejected from the game.
If Hall were any good, he'd be on the trading block this week, but he'll just get his fine and keep turning in mediocre performances on the season.
3:43 remaining Fourth Quarter
Paulsen has stepped up in this game with the loss of Davis last week. Finally, with less than seven minutes left in the game, the Redskins decide to keep the ball in their hands as Griffin drives it into their guts more than to their hands.
Quick toss to Hankerson, and Hank wasn't looking for it. How does a receiver not look for the ball, regardless of their route?
Really scratching my head at the offenses tempo— Ray Smith (@SonofWashington) October 28, 2012
The Redskins are going for it on fourth down the rest of the way, and they fail to convert on fourth down for the first time this season.
With nothing to do but pass, the Steelers brought pressure on that possession, and the Redskins receivers couldn't bail Griffin out as they had in weeks before.
Steelers 27, Redskins 12 ; 4:11 remaining Fourth Quarter
The Redskins manage to force a punt after Sanders drops a pass, and Roethlisberger was stpped after Kerrigan flushed him from the pocket.
A quick completion starts things off, as Griffin hits Hankerson for 16 yards, and an illegal hands to the face penalty nets the Redskins a first down.
The deep ball from Griffin to Morgan was overthrown, but they get the first down anyway. A good rush from Woodley forces Griffin to scramble, and he throws to Young in the flat, but Young drops yet another pass.
Crucial third down play, Griffin connects with Moss, but he coughs it up on a good tackle from Allen. Fourth down toss from Griffin to Moss, and he covers it up with two hands and they pick up the first down.
The Redskins have dropped 10 passes today, the most of any team in the NFL this season.
Redskins now 8 for 8 on fourth downs this season. Absurd.— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) October 28, 2012
A busted flee flicker ends in a short dump off to Paulsen. Bizarre possession for the Redskins
Steelers 27, Redskins 12 ; 6:47 remaining Fourth Quarter
Morris picks up a first down on another good run, but it may be too little to late as he has just 59 yards on 13 carries. A blitz from the Steelers forces a quick throw, but Griffin delivers to Morgan.
Morgan drops the ball again, and it brings up a long third down, and Larry Foote comes off the edge to pick up the first sack of the game.
The 45-yard field goal try from Forbath sails through the uprights, but doesn't buoy the Redskins spirits any. Missed opportunities are the name of the game for Washington.
Drops and missed tackles just two major reasons why the Skins have struggles today— LaVar Leap Arrington (@LaVarArrington) October 28, 2012
Steelers 27, Redskins 12 ; 12:06 remaining Fourth Quarter
The Redskins are faced with a tall task as the third quarter comes to a close and they are down 18 points with no rhythm on offense. Griffin fumbled on a play fake, wasting a down, and flirting with disaster once again.
Dezmon Briscoe finally reels one in, having dropped his first two targets this season, including one sure touchdown.
Morris falls forward for a gain of five and a first down to open the quarter, but the Redskins lack a sense of urgency at this point in the game. A beauty of a throw goes to the endzone, appears to be intercepted, but the replay shows the ball hit the turf and it should bring up a second down as opposed to a turnover
Steelers 27, Redskins 9 ; 14:11 remaining Fourth Quarter
A couple of bad throws on the Redskins second drive of the half force the Redskins to punt for the fourth time today. Brown fields the punt and finds more than enough daylight to take it to the house for the touchdown.
A block in the back on Curtis Brown brings the return all the way back, prolonging an almost inevitable score for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh has the second most special teams penalties on the season, and the Redskins couldn't be happier. A scuffle breaks out on the first offensive play, bringing on offsetting personal foul penalties.
If there is one thing the regular officials have, it is control over the players. No ongoing fights in this matchup
Kerrigan gets his hands on the second down throw, and forces a third down. On the third down screen Fletcher BLOWS it up and forces the Steelers to punt for just the second time today.
Redskins defense getting fired up!
Steelers 27, Redskins 9 ; 1:58 remaining Third Quarter
It could be said that the Redskins would be in this game if not for their first half of dropped passes, but that would certaibly be a stretch.
Big Ben's efficiency is putting Griffin's season of efficiency to shame. His receivers are helping him on what few tough throws he has put out there, whereas Griffin's are dropping the ones in their hands.
Roethlisberger finds another non-receiver for his third touchdown of the game, this time to fullback Will Johnson.
Ben Roethlisberger's 3rd TD pass of the day came on another play-action toss to the FB. PIT leads 27-9 with 5:13 to play in 3rd quarter.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 28, 2012
On their previous possession, Ryan Clark went out with an injury, and it is being reported that he has a concussion and will not return.
Steelers 27, Redskins 9 ; 5:13 remaining Third Quarter
Pittsburgh takes over at their own 20, and Dwyer opens the drive with a 12-yard run to the left, where he threw a stiff arm on London Fletcher and held him off.
The Steelers taking to the ground now after the success through the air, as Dwyer eighth, ninth and 10 carries on his way to 100 yards for the game.
Roethlisberger having no trouble finding open receivers, and the Redskins defense has no answer for the variety of targets the Steelers are putting on the field.
Dwyer continues breaking tackles and picking up big chunks of yardage. he's averaging 9.2 a carry. #redskins— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 28, 2012
Steelets 20, Redskins 9 ; 8:35 remaining Third Quarter
Washington's offense shows no signs of shying away from the pass, as Griffin hits Niles Paul for 37 yards to open the second half. Morris gets a pair of carries for 12 yards before getting stuffed on a toss for a two-yard loss.
Can't decide what is worse, the political ads flooding the commercial breaks or the incessant and unoriginal tweets about Pittsburgh's uniforms.
The Redskins almost had a drive going, but an incompletion and a worthless receiver screen bring it to a quick end.
Forbath lines up for his first kick of the game, and drives a 48-yarder home for Washington.
Steelers 20, Redskins 9 ; 11:52 remaining Third Quarter
Washington's defense can't get to Big Ben, and the Steelers have marched up and down the field because of it. Washington's offense continues their comedy of errors from last week, but instead of turnovers, they're dropping passes.
Griffin would be having a solid day if not for the 6 dropped passes that stifled all progress on offense. Hankerson dropped a sure touchdown, and Royster, Morgan and Moss dropped three consecutive passes when the Redskins were looking to drive with a full complement of timeouts with under two minutes to work.
Dropped passes have halted the Redskins offense, limiting the impact Morris has had on the ground. Without Morris to churn out yards, the Steelers defense can sit in coverage when the Redskins run playaction.
Look for Washington to go back to the ground to get Morris into the mix, and Pittsburgh to turn up the pressure on Griffin.
The Redskins take over with plenty of time on the clock, but three consecutive drops puts a stop to any hopes for a drive to close the half.
Washington has dropped five passes in this half, and this time gives the Steelers the ball back after 12 seconds of possession.
With two timeouts and a veteran offense, the Steelers are in no rush on offense. Roethlisberger gets pressure from Ryan Kerrigan, but steps away and throws an incompletion. Big Ben throws a pass at the middle official's head, and the Steelers subsequent punt is down at the one yard line.
Washington works its way out of the shadow of their own endzone, but takes a knee to close the half.
Refs have one more defended pass than #Redskins DBs. Okay, low blow.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) October 28, 2012
Steelers 20, Redskins ; Halftime
The Steelers having no trouble working down the field, getting 27 yards from an Emmanuel Sanders catch and run and a 13-yard run from Dwyer. They've made the most of the short field, but have slowed in the red zone, facing two fourth and goal plays this half.
After scoring a touchdown on their first attempt, the Steelers try to draw the Redskins offsides with the hard count, but get no such luck.
Roethlisberger calls time and Pittsburgh brings the field goal unit onto the field for the safe points.
Suisham hits his second field goal, this one from 27 yards, and the Steelers have scored on all four of their drives this half.
Steelers 20, Redskins 6 ; 2:00 remaining First Half.
Washington's defense has held the Steelers to 51 yards on the ground, but Pittsburgh is having their way in the passing game. Big Ben is 14-of-18 for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the half, while Wallace and Brown are well on their way to 100-yard receiving games.
Washingtons third drive starts off promising, but Griffin overthrows a wide open Paulsen down the left side. Morris picks up 12 yards, and it looks like the passing game is opening up the running game for the Redskins.
Big time trickeration from the Redskins as Griffin flips to Morgan, who fights off a defender and looks down field for Griffin on the pass! Griffin gets a shove as the pass arrives, and he gets leveled by Will Allen.
Griffin flagged for offensive pass interference, and the Redskins are forced off the field on fourth down.
Ryan Clark lit Robert Griffin up at the end of that play. Looked like he was salivating about chance of laying out WSH's QB at end of play.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 28, 2012
Rocca's kick goes nowhere, netting all of 12 yards,and Washington just looks to be falling apart in the last few plays.
Steelers 17, Redskins 6 ; 4:09 remaining Second Quarter
After the blocked extra point, the Steelers make away with more momentum than the Redskins. Roethlisberger working the quick passing game and letting his receivers pick up extra yards.
Too much time for Roethlisberger, yards after the catch have the Steelers picking up 10 yards per completion.
Pittsburgh makes quick work of another long field, and a beautiful near-catch from Wallace forces a key third down. Roethlisberger steps up with pressure coming at his sides, pumps and finds Miller in the back of the endzone.
HEEEEEEAAATTTTHHHHH!!!!!!— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 28, 2012
Steelers 17, Redskins 6 ; 6:17 remaining Second Quarter
Start of the second quarter, Griffin finds Dezmon Briscoe in the endzone, but Keenan Lewis sneaks his hand in and knocks it loose. Not a sure of a touchdown as the toss to Hankerson, but a potential touchdown all the same.
They convert another third down inside the red zone, Josh Morgan getting a lot of touches early, seeing two targets and one carry already.
A false start on Paulsen backs the Redskins up, but sometimes offenses prefer a little extra space in the red zone. Morris picks up four yards on his fifth carry of the game, slow going for the third-leading rusher in the NFL.
The Redskins run the draw with Griffin, but he's stopped at the two yard line to bring up fourth down.
Not to be outdone by Tomlin, Mike Shanahan goes for it on fourth and goal, Griffin throws a dart to Moss to put the 'Skins on the board.
Forbath's extra point attempt is blocked! Thought that problem was solved after last season's kicking issues.
Steelers 10, Redskins 6 : 11:33 remaining Second Quarter
The absence of success on the ground in this game hasn't stopped the Redskins success on playaction. Griffin fakes and finds Paulsen for 31 yards, and they follow it up with an option hand-off to fullback Darrel Young for another 10 yards.
Griffin rolls to his right and finds Leonard Hankerson wide open, but Hank lets it bounce off his hands and fall to the turf to bring up third down.
After a year spent with John Beck and Rex Grossman, Hankerson isn't used to catching perfectly placed passes.— Dan Snyder Cares (@DanSnyderCares) October 28, 2012
Redskins recover with a third-down conversion from Griffin to Moss to close the quarter. Hankerson hurts his own cause with the drop.
Steelers 10, Redskins 0 ; End of First Quarter
Pittsburgh takes over following the punt, and open the drive with a 34 yard run from Dwyer. Redskins defense bit on the flood left, leaving a huge hole for Dwyer to sprint through untouched.
He breaks a couple of tackles along the way to start the drive off with a bang.
A few short passes, and a failed attempt at what looked like a receiver pass force the Steelers to settle for a field goal.
#Redskins firing on no cylinders right now.— BurgundyBlog.com (@BurgundyBlog) October 28, 2012
Suisham nails a 48-yard field goal to put the Steelers up 10-0.
Steelers 10, Redskins 0 ; 2:49 remaining First Quarter
Roethlisberger went 7-for-8 on the Steelers opening drive, looking comfortable and taking advantage the lack of pressure and lapses in coverage underneath.
Washington comes out in a two tight end set, and gets all of six yards on three plays, and punts it away. You have to question the early decision to give Josh Morgan an end around when you have Griffin capable of making plays without trickery.
Three running plays, punt for Washington on first drive. Kind of vanilla to start for an RGIII-led attack, no?— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) October 28, 2012
The drive wasn't long enough to say it stalled, or fizzled. It is as if the Redskins never had the ball.
5:48 remaining First Quarter
Rainey receives the opening kick for the Steelers and brings it out to the 24 where Roethlisberger and the offense will go to work.
It is apparent from the beginning that Pittsburgh wants to exploit Washington's secondary, with five quick throws and just two runs.
The Redskins defense isn't getting any pressure, and Roethlisberger is taking his time picking them apart. They seem worried about giving up the big play, which has opened up throws underneath leading to extra yards after the catch.
Dwyer's shot at the endzone is blown up by linebacker Rob Jackson, forcing a fourth down at the goal line. On fourth down, Leonard Pope springs open for a quick touchdown and Heinz Field erupts.
Steelers 7, Redskins 0 ; 8:47 remaining First Quarter
Pittsburgh is 31-42-3 against the Redskins in their storied history, but has won the last four meetings by a combined score of 77-29. The Steelers are wearing their 1934 throwback uniforms, and were 0-2 against Washington that year.
Irrelevant, but interesting.
Key matchups for today will be the Steelers front seven against Morris and Griffin. They are too disciplined to let Griffin have easy reads with the option, but can't get caught playing too close to the line, and fall victim to a quick passing game.
The Redskins defense has its work cut out for it today with big-play receivers Wallace and Brown looking for big games.
Washington's offense has show little signs of slowing, but can't carry over bad habits that cost them the game last week. Pittsburgh is only +1 in the turnover category, but has enough veteran prowess to make the Redskins pay dearly.
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