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Rex Grossman leads Redskins to preseason win over Steelers

After last night’s game, it’s pretty safe to say: the Redskins officially have a competition for the starting quarterback position.

Rex Grossman played some of his most efficient football last night, completing 19 of 26 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in the first half alone, leading the Redskins to a 16-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Behind several smart, well-placed throws by Grossman, and some strong running from newly-acquired running back Tim Hightower, the Redskins had four drives that started in their own territory but finished in Steelers territory. Unfortunately, as seemed to be the norm from last year, despite having four drives that ended up in the opponents territory, the Redskins were only able to come away with a total of seven points.

Hightower’s strong running – he ripped off gains of 6, 11, and 16 yards – and a few throws by Grossman keyed the Redskins opening drive, which started on their own one yard line and went 88 yards on 12 plays. The drive ended up stalling on Pittsburgh’s 11 yard line, and kicker Shayne Graham – competing with incumbent Graham Gano for the team’s kicking job – badly missed a routine 29 yard field goal.

After the teams traded punts, followed by a Pittsburgh three-and-out, the Redskins marched 82 yards down the field on just 8 plays, and capped off the drive with an eight yard touchdown completion by Grossman to Santana Moss. Grossman went 5 of 6, spanning 76 yards on the drive, including finding receiver Terrance Austin on a deep crossing route, which resulted in a 38 yard catch and run.

Grossman also looked relatively efficient leading the offense in a two-minute drill with just 1:41 left in the 2nd half. He took the team 55 yards down the field (after starting own their own 14), but Shayne Graham’s 49 yard field goal attempt – his 2nd of the game – went wide right, and the first half came to a close.

Graham may very well have played himself out of a job on Friday, as he missed both of his field goal attempts (the miss from 29 yards is virtually inexcusible), while Gano went 3-3, connecting on attempts of 32, 34, and 45 yards.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethslisberger only played on the team’s opening drive, and completed 2 of 3 passes for 22 yards. Most of the Steelers other starters were pulled by the end of the first quarter as well.

The Redskins next preseason game will take place in Indianapolis on Friday August 19th, against the (Peyton Manning-less) Colts. Kickoff is set for 7pm.

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2 Responses to “Rex Grossman leads Redskins to preseason win over Steelers”

  1. richbrave says:

    Both lines played far better than last year. Of course, this was only a conditioning drill for both teams.

    MOSS is like old man river. He just keeps rollin’ on.

    HANKERSON unimpressive. A newer KELLY at this point.

    NILES PAUL on the other hand, speedy and appears more advanced in his rout-running abilities.

    GAFFNEY, my main man. he sticks.

    And the old man STALLWORTH looked good against the scrubs also. Not surprising.

    HIGHTOWER is a keeper. Saw lots of him for four years as I am a SPIDERS alum.

    PAULSON did some good work.

    HELU and ROYSTER both impressive so far.

    The defense looks like they’ve benefited from all the changes. I’m sure the SHANAHAN’s wish TATUPU had come over from SEATTLE. Had to re-sign ROCKY MAC as a consolation prize, but he showed up last night. We’ll be O.K. there.

  2. richbrave says:

    BRANDON BANKS looke much better than I anticipated.

    I don’t think TERRANCE AUSTIN makes this club.

    Did anyone miss CASEY RABACH?

    JAMMAL BROWN looking good.

    I don’t think ARTIS HICKS’ name was called all night by the announcers for anything, good or bad. Did he play?

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