A look at Steelers 38, Redskins 16 via the magic of the DVR:
Take a look at the best photos from the regular season Week 1 game. The Steelers defeated the Redskins 38-16.
BLOCK PARTY:** RB Le'Veon Bell wasn’t just being kind when he said he had to give “all the credit” to the offensive line.
Williams’ 26-carry, 143-yard, two-touchdown night was built on what at times appeared to be personal escorts to the second level. Repeatedly, Williams was well past the line of scrimmage before he was contacted by a defender.
As good an example as any of the running game executing at its best was Williams’ 15-yard run for the touchdown that put the Steelers ahead 31-16 with 5:48 left in regulation.
RG David DeCastro (on LB Mason Foster) and WR Sammie Coates (on S David Bruton Jr.) led the way. TE Jesse James (on LB Trent Murphy), OT Alejandro Villanueva (on LB Will Compton), LG Ramon Foster (on DE Ziggy Hood), C Maurkice Pouncey (on DE Kendall Reyes) and RT Marcus Gilbert (on LB Ryan Kerrigan) also walled off Washington defenders.
Williams took advantage of all the help from his friends by making CB Bashaud Breeland miss and then beating S DeAngelo Hall to the pylon.
“I was running through a lot of holes all night,” Williams insisted.
TE David Johnson also got into the act, paving the way for an 8-yard cutback by Williams.
But the block of the night might have been Villanueva digging his heels in on pass protection, jacking LB Preston Smith up off the ground and then knocking Smith flat on his back.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Williams caught two passes and carried six times on the drive that was capped by his 15-yard touchdown run. It was part of a fourth quarter during which he carried 11 times for 73 yards.
Williams caught six passes for 28 yards on the night.
He also did some dirty work via a blitz pick-up of Kerrigan and by chasing Breeland out of bounds on the return of an interception in the first quarter.
DISCIPLINE MATTERED: The Steelers were penalized four times for 81 yards, 46 of which were assessed on a pass interference penalty against CB Stephon Tuitt with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
The Redskins were penalized nine times for 55 yards, but four of the infractions were committed by the offense in Steelers’ territory on drives that resulted in either field goals or no points.
SPECIAL TEAMS DEMONS: S Robert Golden, LB L.J. Fort, LB Anthony Chickillo and LB Vince Williams appeared on the first-team punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return units.
Coates (punt return, kickoff, kickoff return), CB/S Sean Davis (punt, kickoff, kickoff return) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (punt, punt return, kickoff) appeared on three of those four special teams.
A TWIST ON BLITZBURGH:** By unofficial count the Steelers ran five-man pressures three times (all in the first quarter) and three-man pressures eight times. The rest of the time, it was a four-man rush against Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.
Cousins wasn’t sacked and only sustained two quarterback hits on his 43 passing attempts.
DE Cam Heyward expressed his displeasure with the pass rush in the immediate aftermath and head coach Mike Tomlin concurred with that assessment on Tuesday afternoon.
But S Mike Mitchell wasn’t complaining after winning the game.
“We identified early in the week (before the game) that (Cousins) had an extremely high quarterback rating and we looked at the film and knew that it was because he was getting the ball out so fast,” Mitchell explained. “We wanted to come up with a gameplan to try to deter the quick throws, try to get there with our four-man rush and cause a little bit of havoc.
“I thought we did, we were successful wth that.”
HE SAID IT: “This is a freak show right here.” _ ESPN analyst Jon Gruden on Steelers WR Antonio Brown after the last of Brown’s eight receptions for 126 yards and two scores.