The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Washington Redskins 20-6 at the half, and for the first 30 minutes things have gone according to plan, sort of. The crowd is wild and rowdy and the Steelers are winning.
On offense the Steelers have done a great job taking what the Redskins defense will give them. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is doing an excellent job of checking down, making changes at the line of scrimmage and changing the play to fit the situation. The Redskins secondary really has no answer for the Steelers wide outs and as of yet they haven’t found a way to put much pressure on Roethlisberger. They’ve done a good job bottling up the running game in the first half, but if the Steelers can extend this lead you can bet they will start running downhill in the second half.
On defense it’s been a mixed bag for the Steelers. They have given up a handful of big plays, but for every one they give up, they make 5 great ones. You can see that the Redskins have a good plan, and at times they are executing it, but the Steelers are playing excellent fundamental football, especially on those trick plays and college type run plays. They haven’t hit Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III much, but they’ve pressured him, flushed him out, and even when he’s been able to get loose and make a play, the secondary has done its job. Lots of drops in the first half, and many of them because the Steelers secondary is hitting hard today. RGII has a bright future in the NFL, but he’d not getting much room to work against this defense today.
In the second half both teams will likely make adjustments. The Redskins are going to have to get creative and try and bring some heat on Roethlisberger. If not he’s just going to keep marching down the field like they did for 4 scoring drives in the first half. On defense the Steelers need to just keep doing what they are doing. Bend but don’t break and let the rookie quarterback get impatient. The Redskins offense might need to open it up a little more and back off the Steelers D.
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