Steelers Winners And Losers – Week 8 – Redskins

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Washington Redskins 27-12 Sunday at Heinz Field and are now 4-3 on the season. Below are the players, or group of players, that I thought had winning performances in the game and 3 more players that deserve a little slap on the wrist.

Ben Roethlisberger – Roethlisberger was surgical-like from the very beginning of the game on his way to a 24-of-33 passing day for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns. He finished the day with an old school passer rating of 121.0 and could have had an even better day had a few balls not been dropped by his receivers. The Steelers quarterback opened the game by going 7-of-8 on the opening 76 yard drive and it really set the tone for the rest of the game.

Jonathan Dwyer – Dwyer rushed for 107 yards on just 17 carries and he became the first Steelers running back to have back-to-back 100-yard games since Willie Parker did it on Sept. 7 and Sept. 14, 2008. Dwyer added several of his yards after first contact and has rebounded nicely following his fumble in the Week 3 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Offensive Line – The Steelers entire offensive line makes the list this week as they did not allow Roethlisberger to be sacked and they gave Dwyer plenty of nice lanes for him to do his job. Willie Colon was once again was a Bronx Bully on Sunday and rookie Mike Adams continues to show that the right side fits him nicely in his second consecutive start.

Keenan Lewis – Lewis registered 3 defensed passes in the game with the biggest one coming in the end zone when he managed to get his right arm inside Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson to force an incomplete pass on what could have easily resulted in a touchdown. Lewis did allow the lone Redskins touchdown to wide receiver Santana Moss, but even that was tightly contested in a short area and very tough to defend.

Will Allen – Allen started once again at strong safety with Troy Polamalu still sidelined and had his best game in a Steelers uniform. The Steelers safety recorded 5 tackles in the game and was credited with 3 defensed passes in the win.

Losers:

Curtis Brown – Curtis was flagged for an illegal block in the back that negated a 78 yard punt return touchdown by Antonio Brown. That penalty forced the Steelers offense to start deep in a hole and opened the door for the Redskins to stay in the game. Penalties on special teams have killed the Steelers the last few weeks and Curtis will certainly be chided all week by the coaches.

Chris Rainey – It is hard to put Rainey on this list for just one play, but his drop of a second quarter pass deep in the Redskins end is one that the rookie has to make. Rainey ran a jerk route to shake the linebacker and the ball bounced right off of his hands. Luckily the Steelers scored two plays later.

Antonio Brown – Once again I am nitpicking here, but do we really need to see Antonio run 20 yards backwards into the end zone? I am fine with the end zone celebrations after a player scores, and think Brown did a hell of a job in the game, but getting flagged for something like that, no matter what the score is, only hurts the team in the long run. Showboat after you score, not before it.

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  • Ahmad

    Yeah AB probably shouldn’t have run the last 20 yards backwards, but you have to admit that it was pretty funny. The guy loves the game and likes to have fun.

  • Matt Lipner

    0 sacks and 1 QB hit are the two stats that really make me smile from this game. When was the last time that BB was pressured so little? I truly cannot remember a single game.

  • israelp

    Honest? If hadn’t set yourself a minimum of three, would you have listed Antonio and Rainey?

  • Bob Francis

    Agreed! For all the media attempts to stir up a story around the “dink and dunk,” the bottom line is whether or not it works. The last 2 games are giving me hope that it does.

    And to me, it hasn’t seemed like such small ball. It feels like there are still a lot of intermediate pass plays. It seems to me that this system still allows Ben to improvise some, but it also keeps him clean. It might also be that the line is starting to live up to preseason hopes. I’ll take 222 yards and 3 TDs in a win over 370 yards w/ an 80-yard bomb in a loss!

  • alex

    yeah, no doubt Allen, Dwyer and the o-line are doing great things…

    just in time for the second half…

    still need some sacktion if were gonna be for real!

  • SteelSpine

    I agree with all those, but one a less-obvious item in your list caught my eye: Will Allen. The reason that was huge for Will Allen is possibility Will Allen could be a keeper for future FS. Tho I think he’s too small/light for SS & It took a long time of paying him on special teams as an afterthought for safety, he is not too small for FS. He filled in for Polo & SS is the more desparate need for us, but Clark is never gonna play in away games in Denver. Gonna have to spend a high draft pick on a SS, but if Will Allen keeps it up we wont have to also spend a high pick on a FS for next season. So my fingers are crossed for Will Allen to keep up the good work.