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It was unusual not to see anything really exotic out of the Steelers in terms of defensive schemes against a rookie QB. They relied on their base 3-4 for most of the game and it was effective.
Of course, almost any defense plays better when the offense is virtually unstoppable.
The Steelers scored on their first four possessions, putting the Redskins in a hole they were unable to dig out of.
It also seemed to shrink the Redskins' playbook, forcing them to throw the ball more and rely on their potent running attack less, early in the game.
Robert Griffin III ran the ball only six times for eight yards yesterday. Seven of those yards came on a single run. That's three fewer run attempts than he averages, and 58 rushing yards less than his season average per game.
The league's most accurate passer also had a terrible day throwing the ball. Going into yesterday's game, Griffin was completing more than 70 percent of his passes. Yesterday, he was under 50 percent (16 of 34). It was the first time Griffin was under 50 percent passing.
A lot of that, if not most of it, can be blamed on his receivers not being able to catch (9 drops), but the Steelers did get in his face a few times and played some pretty good defense in the secondary. S Ryan Clark led the Steelers with seven tackles. CB Keenan Lewis and S Will Allen also played very, very well.