Steelers Skin Redskins 27-12
Okay, let's get one observation out of the way first. I don't particularly like the best football team in NFL history looking like a bunch of bumble bees or prisoners on some work release program. Personally, I don't care if I ever see those '34 throwback uniforms again.
Let's get back to what's really important---the numbers.
Once again, the Steelers led in time of possession with 33:13 to the Redskins 26:47. Steelers were also impressive with first downs 25 to the Skins 17.
Roethlisberger threw for 222 yards (24/33). He threw for three touchdowns (to Pope, Miller, and Will Johnson) and he had no interceptions. Roethlisberger was sacked once but he had no turnovers.
Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries. Those are good numbers for a guy who just completed his second start in the NFL. running for more than 100 yards in both games. Rainey rushed for 26 yards on 4 carries.
Wallace had 7 receptions for 62 yards followed by Sanders who had 3 receptions for 56 yards. Heath Miller caught 4 for 46 yards. With Miller's 7 yard catch in the back of the end zone in the second quarter, he tied Elbie Nickel on the team's all-time list for career touchdowns by a tight end. Miller has six TD's on the season.
All of the Steeler defensive backs played remarkable ball all day by either breaking up plays or getting their hands on the ball. In fact, the Steeler defense did an impressive job containing RG III most of the game both in the air and on the ground. He was held to 177 yards passing (16/34). Larry Foote managed 1 sack and 5 tackles on the day.
Since 2004, the Steelers are 14-1 against rookie quarterbacks.
In summary, Steelers ran well for the second week in a row. Defense improved. And Roethlisberger looked sharp again.
Steelers at Giants on Sunday, Nov. 4. 4:25 p.m. ET
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