REDSKINS 24, STEELERS 13
Steelers’ record: 0-2
One year ago: 1-1
Preseason series record: Redskins lead, 15-5-1
With the third preseason game being the one where the No. 1 units see the most playing time, the second preseason game is the one where a good number of those on the 90-man roster get a final best chance to impress the coaching staff. And woe to those players who are in uniform but don’t play for any reason other than injury. “What happens in stadiums is a big element of this evaluation process,” said Coach Mike Tomlin, “but you have to give us enough to peak our interest to get those opportunities. It’s not a good sign, if you’re healthy enough and not a participant in a preseason game setting.”
The Steelers turned the ball over three times – two lost fumbles and an interception – and one of those ended up in the end zone when Ryan Kerrigan intercepted an attempted swing pass and returned it for the game’s first touchdown. That play came early in the first quarter and set an ominous tone for the Steelers.
STAT THAT STANDS OUT
The offense converted just 1-of-13 third down situations. It’s impossible to sustain any kind of offensive flow with that kind of performance on third downs.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
* The first stupid move of the game was committed by the Redskins. On the game’s second play, MLB London Fletcher was penalized 15 yards for grabbing
* The Redskins’ second offensive series ended when
* On a 26-yard pass from
* Two games, two plays by OLB
* The Redskins were moving the ball down the field early in the third quarter and looking to add to their 17-6 lead. But
* That’s how you throw a deep ball.
* Just a few plays after Moye’s touchdown, the Steelers defense recorded another takeaway.
WHAT WENT WRONG
* Le’Veon Bell was deemed healthy enough to start, and he carried the ball on the Steelers’ first four plays for a combined 9 yards. But after a third down play on which Ben Roethlisberger scrambled out of the pocket and ran for 2 yards, Bell limped off the field. He missed the rest of the game with what was described as a right foot injury.
* NT Barry Cofield beat Maurkice Pouncey to sack Ben Roethlisberger for a 6-yard loss on the second play of the second series to set up a second-and-16. On the next play, Roethlisberger was trying to dump off a little swing pass to
* On the series after Kerrigan’s interception for a touchdown, Roethlisberger converted a third-and-5 with a pass to
* On a 10-yard pass to
* Two plays after Pouncey’s penalty, Roethlisberger completed a pass to Emmanuel Sanders to convert the first down again, only to have a holding penalty on Mike Adams set up a third-and-18 at the Washington 24-yard line. After Dwyer gained 14 yards,
* The Steelers first-team offensive line had a lot of trouble with Cofield and Kerrigan throughout the first half. In the second quarter, it was Kerrigan who executed a sack/strip of Bruce Gradkowski, and Cofield recovered at the Pittsburgh 13-yard line.
* Jonathan Dwyer carried three straight times following Ike Taylor’s fumble recovery, and he gained 4 yards, then 23 yards, then he lost 2 yards and the football, which the Redskins recovered at their own 45-yard line. Aided by a pass interference penalty on Ike Taylor that moved the ball to the Steelers 5-yard line, the Redskins subsequently took a 14-3 lead on a pass from Rex Grossman to WR Leonard Hankerson.
* At no point in the game did it appear that either Ben Roethlisberger or Bruce Gradkowski was able to count on solid pass proterction. And a good bit of the time those two quarterbacks were on the field, so was the No. 1 offensive line.
* Trailing 17-13, Landry Jones converted a second third-down situation – this one a third-and-8 with a 9-yard pass to Markus Wheaton down to the Washington 29-yard line, but the play was nullified by an illegal hands to the face penalty committed by G
* For the second straight preseason game, the Steelers were the more penalized team. This time they were flagged eight times for 95 yards, while the Redskins were flagged seven times for 72 yards.
The players not in uniform for the Steelers were CB