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Redskins Drop Chances in Pittsburgh; Lose to Steelers 27-12

By Troy Jefferson

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New week same story for the Washington Redskins defense. Dick Lebeau had only lost one game to a rookie quarterback and continued his streak this afternoon. The Redskins looked intimidated and scared from the opening kickoff.

Ben Roethlisberger drove his team down the field on the opening drive for a 12-play 76-yard touchdown. The Redskins after a three and out surrendered a Shaun Suisham field goal.

Trailing 10-0, Washington showed signs of life on a 13-play 80-yard drive, but the extra point was blocked. Alfred Morris was one of the few bright spots in an ugly game at Heinz Field. Morris rushed for 59 yards on 13 carries (4.5 ypa).

The Redskins were in catch-up mode all day and really didn’t get the opportunity to establish the ground game. After cutting the lead to four, the Pittsburgh Steelers put together another 10 plus play drive for 74 yards. Pittsburgh scored on their first four possessions and went into the half up 20-6.

Pittsburgh did a nice job varying defensive looks against RG3. Robert Griffin for the first time this year did not complete at least 50 percent of his passes. However, RG3’s 18 incompletions were not all his fault. I counted twelve catchable passes that were dropped. The worst drop came by Leonard Hankerson in the first quarter when he let a touchdown slip through his hands. Robert Griffin was 16/34 for 177 yards and one touchdown.

The Steelers completely took the heart out of the Redskins in the second half. Pittsburgh had the ball for 33 minutes compared to the Redskins’ 26 minutes and effectively tired out the Redskins defense. Washington after a Will Johnson 1 yard touchdown catch trailed by 18 and couldn’t comeback. Roethlisberger finished 24/33 for 222 yards and three touchdowns. The final score was 27-12, but it felt like a 30-point loss for most Redskin fans.

LOOKING AHEAD: The (3-5) Redskins return home to take on Cam and the (1-6) Carolina Panthers.

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