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Steelers Lose To Redskins 16-7 – Preseason Game 1 Recap & Notes


The Steelers got their preseason off to a rocky start Friday night as they lost 16-7 to the Redskins at FedEx Field. Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played just one series and went 2 or 3 for 22 yards and dinged his hand and hip in the short time. Second year wide receiver Antonio Brown was one of the lone bright spots for the Steelers as he caught 4 balls for 64 yards.

Running back Isaac Redman scored the Steelers lone touchdown on a nice 22 yard inside run that included a nice downfield block by Brown. Redman finished with 42 yards on 5 carries.

The Steelers suffered a few early injuries to the secondary as Ike Taylor broke his left thumb and it could require surgery. Free safety Ryan Clark also left early with a stinger. The secondary was already short to start the game as starting strong safety Troy Polamalu and left cornerback Bryant McFadden both did not not play. Also sidelined were rookie cornerbacks Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen as well as backup safety Will Allen and outside linebacker James Harrison. Also injured on the night were cornerback Keenan Lewis with a left calf injury and defensive end Sunny Harris left with a right foot injury. Lawrence Timmons also was shaken up early in the game.

The defense did not play well as Redskins starting quarterback Rex Grossman went 19 of 26 for 207 yards and touchdown to Santana Moss. The Steelers dodged six more points as Redskins kicker Shayne Graham missed two first half field goals.

The Steelers starting offensive line consisted of left to right: Jonathan Scott, Doug Legursky, Maurkice Pouncey, Chris Scott and Willie Colon. Only Colon played noticeably well of the unit and C. Scott had some struggles, especially in pass protection.

Outside of Brown and maybe Redman, the other Steelers players that stuck out on the night were nose tackles Steve McLendon and Anthony Gray, linebackers Larry Foote, Stevenson Sylvester and Mortty Ivy. Rookie defensive ends Cameron Heyward and Corbin Bryant also had good efforts.

As far as players that had rough nights, receiver Arnaz Battle had 3 drops and second year linebacker Jason Worilds looked like he was still having to think instead of reacting naturally. Tight ends David Johnson and Weslye Saunders also had rough nights in the blocking game. The Steelers young secondary consisting of Lewis, Crezdon Butler and Donovan Warren also looked confused at times throughout the night.

The Steelers offense only put up 186 yards of offense while the Redskins put up 452.

More notes coming after I go back over the game later tonight.

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  • Steve_r_vb

    I thought redman heyward and antonio brown all played well. Mundy also seemed tobe flying to the ball early in the game. Tonight was nothing to worry about other than ikes thumb

  • Steelerj_sun

    It’s the first game of preseason. A preseason that didn’t include OTAs or mini camps. I’m not gonna worry just yet.

  • Jbroyles9

    Donovan Warren looked good as a CB tonight. I think Tomlin likes him and everyone overlooks him. I think he makes the team by showcasing his skills while guys are injured

  • Reality Wall of Steel

    I felt like Tomlin used this game to challenge and motivate those in precarious roster positions. Unlike many other teams first preseason games, there was no coach emphasis on gaining player confidence at any level. I trust coach Tomlin.

  • Thomas

    man did I ever make some over-estimations. That 5 receiver set scares the shit out of me every time they use it…Ball has to be out on the 3rd step or he’s gota meet the slot corner every time and though he is a lineman dodging master cant away from secondary players. Seems like keeping 2 backs in to block and having 3 receivers run good routes would be more conducive to his strengths, Keep Redman and Moore out there on 3rd down. Could get more surprise runs and screens out of it too and also protect the o-line a little more.

  • Joe D

    Goes to show what everyone has been saying….

    It’s the secondary… stupid..
    that is where the problem lies!!! We need some CB help!!! Go cut a deal for asante samuel.

  • Pittgar

    adios dixon

  • Steve Duncan

    Samuel doesn’t tackle, he will never be a Steeler.

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