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Mike Shanahan had some Halloween-like expressions during Sunday's loss.
Pittsburgh linebacker Larry Foote told Fox Sports sideline reporter Laura Okmin that he "views rookie quarterbacks like dinner."
According to Okmin, Foote said that "the first thing he does when the schedule comes out is circle the rookie QBs he'll be facing." But his excitement ended, as soon as Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin put in a highlight reel of RGIII.
Nevertheless, few quarterbacks come into Pittsburgh and dictate what they're going to do. And on Sunday, the Steelers treated RGIII the same way they do Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. They made him think, with various defensive looks and blitz packages.
Foote made his presence felt early, with a vicious solo tackle of Redskins running back Alfred Morris on the rookie's first carry.
Washington's offense also continued to have trouble capitalizing on third-down conversions. The Redskins entered the game converting on just 31 percent of their third-down attempts, which ranks them 29th among 32 teams. Against the Steelers, the unit fared even worse, with just three conversions on 12 third-down attempts.
Pittsburgh was without seven-time Pro Bowler Troy Polamalu, who is still nursing a calf injury. It was the third straight game that Polamalu has missed, which led NFL Network's Michael Lombardi to question if age is becoming a factor for the star safety.
The Steelers' offense entered the weekend ranked sixth in the NFL in passing yards per game (282), while Washington came in dead last in pass defense, with 328 yards allowed per game.
And finally, the numbers "15 and one" seem to have special meaning for the Steelers. According to the Fox broadcast team, Ben Roethlisberger improved to 15-1 in his career at home versus NFC opponents. His only loss came against the New York Giants back on October 26, 2008.
Since 2004, Pittsburgh defensive coordinating genius Dick Lebeau is 15-1 against rookie signal-callers. And as a team, the Steelers have a 15-1 record against rookie quarterbacks in general.
To hear what Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan thought about his team's play, please click here. Washington's postgame video press coverage is courtesy of Redskins.com.
Joe Versage is an NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He previously covered the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens as a television beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter at: @JoeVersage
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics in this article are courtesy of CBSSports.com. Additional game information was obtained via Fox Sports' live television broadcast.