Five Reasons Why the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Washington Redskins
Ben Roethlisberger lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory.
Washington Redskins’ rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has had a tremendous season thus far. However, it was common knowledge that their Week Eight road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was going to be a tough, physical game.
During the past several years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been the model of consistency in the NFL. They have suffered an amazing rash of injuries during the 2012 season. Running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, as well as All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu, are a few of the Steelers that are sidelined with injuries. No problem for the Steelers. They just insert third string running back Jonathan Dwyer into the lineup, and the running game doesn’t miss a beat.
And of course, there’s that hard hitting Steelers’ defense. Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau coordinates a stingy defense that’s extreme tough to run on. Washington’s bread and butter is their running game, as they led the NFL in rushing yardage coming into their Week Eight game. But the Redskins fell behind by two scores early, neutralizing the rushing attack.
Washington was put into a position where they had to pass virtually every down, which is never a good idea. The Steelers’ linebacker corps of James Harrison, Lamarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, and Randy Foote can blitz at will in an effort to sack Robert Griffin III. That puts Griffin III at risk of injury, and previous games have proven that as Griffin III goes, the Redskins’ offense goes.
At the end of the day, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made enough plays to earn the victory for the Steelers. With that said, here are five reasons why the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Washington Redskins:
Mistakes doom the Washington Redskins.
It’s difficult enough beating the Pittsburgh Steelers while limiting mistakes to a bare minimum. However, Washington dropped eleven passes, including two touchdown passes on the same drive. Those are mistakes that a team like the Washington Redskins cannot make against a talented team like the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When Washington finally scored their only touchdown of the day, they had the extra point blocked. In addition, Redskins’ punter Sav Rocca punted the ball twelve yards, giving Pittsburgh excellent field position. While Pittsburgh did not score a touchdown on the ensuing possession, the Steelers did kick a field goal to extend their lead to 20-6.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer.
Having quality depth is extremely important in the NFL. With injuries to Mendenhall and Redman at the running back position, Dwyer had to step in and produce. And the unheralded running back didn’t disappoint, rushing for 107 yards for the day. Dwyer’s productive day kept possession for the Steelers most of the game. Pittsburgh scored on four of their five first half possessions, reflecting the successful contribution of Dwyer at the running back position.
That kept Griffin III and the explosive Washington offense off the field, which limits their opportunities to score points. With Pittsburgh well in command of the game, the Steelers were able run the ball effectively, sealing the victory against the Washington Redskins.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line.
As mentioned previously, Dwyer had a productive day running the football. The offensive line of Max Starks, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey (above, middle), Ramon Foster, and Mike Adams gets all of the credit for Dwyer’s performance. The Steelers’ offensive line opened holes for the Pittsburgh running game to record over 100 yards rushing for the day.
Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, while not spectacular, was efficient enough for the Steelers. The offensive line allowed only one sack, and gave Roethlisberger enough time to move the ball. He hit nine different receivers, effectively moving the ball and setting up scoring opportunities against the Washington defense. Speaking of the Washington defense:
The Washington Redskins’ defense falls flat once again.
It’s a recurring theme that’s honestly getting tiresome to talk about. The Washington Redskins’ pass defense was once again nonexistent. The secondary still can’t cover a table with a tablecloth, as Steelers’ wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Heath Miller both averaged over ten yards per reception for the game.
Making matters worse, for reasons known only to him, Redskins’ cornerback DeAngelo Hall decided to argue with one of the officials. Hall’s emotion should have been used to stop the Steelers’ offense (or ANY offense, for that matter). He was ejected, officially completing his disappearing act on the field this day.
The Steelers are just better than the Redskins.
From top to bottom, the Pittsburgh Steelers are better than the Washington Redskins. The ownership group containing Art Rooney (above, middle) and his family is one of the top groups in the NFL. They have a franchise quarterback in Roethlisberger. They have an excellent coaching staff. The Steelers also draft well, as evidenced by the depth they have at key positions like running back and wide receiver.
The Redskins have an exciting quarterback in Griffin III. However, it will take a couple of years before Washington becomes a premier team in the NFL. They still have holes on both sides of the ball that hopefully will be filled in the coming years. Currently, the Redskins’ talent level does not match the Steelers’ talent level. That is why the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Washington Redskins.