Redskins vs Steelers Week Eight Capsule

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-4) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3)

SERIES

  REDSKINS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER 42-31-3  
STREAKS   6 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Shanahan: 4-2 Tomlin: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 27-23 at Giants W 24-17 at Bengals
LAST GAME 11/3/08: Steelers 23 at Redskins 6. Pittsburgh QB Byron Leftwich throws 5-yard TD pass to WR Santonio Holmes as Steelers defense forces 2 INTs & allows only 221 total yards in win.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/04: Steelers 16, Redskins 7.  Pittsburgh RB Jerome Bettis rushes for 100 yards & 1 TD & Jeff Reed adds 3 FGs as Steelers win 9th consecutive game.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 85 (Was.), 94 (Pit.). XM: 227 (Pit.).

STATS

PASSING Griffin III (R): 133-189-1,601-7-3-101.8 (3L) Roethlisberger: 155-235-1,765-11-3-98.6 (2C)
RUSHING Morris (R): 138-658 (1C)-4.8-5 (T3L) Dwyer: 41-192-4.7-0
RECEIVING Hankerson: 22-277-12.6-1 A. Brown: 36-442-12.3-1
OFFENSE 406.3 (3C) 372.3
TAKE/GIVE +7 +1
DEFENSE 413.7 277.3 (1C)
SACKS Kerrigan: 3.5 Worilds: 3
INTs Hall, R. Jackson: 2 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Rocca: 44.2 Butler (R): 42.9
KICKING Forbath: 19 (7/7 PAT; 4/4 FG) Suisham: 54 (12/12 PAT; 14/15 FG)

NOTES

REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III leads NFL with 70.4 comp. pct. & ranks 3rd with 101.8 rating, best mark among rookies. Is 1st among NFL QBs with 468 rush yards & 6 TDs. His 6 rush TDs are 2nd most by any player…Rookie RB ALFRED MORRIS leads NFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 658 rush yards. Had career-high 120 rush yards last week, 3rd 100+ yard rush game of past 4. Is 2nd in NFC with 5 rush TDs. Redskins are only team with 2 players (Griffin, Morris) with 5+ rush TDs each…WR SANTANA MOSS had season-high 2 TD catches last week & has 4 TDs in past 5 overall.

WR PIERRE GARCON avg. 19.1 yards per catch. TE LOGAN PAULSEN had career highs in catches (4) & rec. yards (76) vs. NYG…LB RYAN KERRIGAN has sack in 3 of past 4 on road. Had 2 sacks & 2 FF in last road game vs. AFC. LB LONDON FLETCHER aims for 3rd meeting in row with 8+ tackles. LB ROB JACKSON had INT & half-sack last week. Is 1 of 3 NFL LBs with 2+ INTs (2) & INT-TD in 2012…STEELERS: Club is 15-6 (.714) vs. NFC under MIKE TOMLIN…Steelers aim for 9th straight win at home vs. NFC…Pit. has won past 3 at home vs. Redskins…Have NFL-best 53.8 pct. 3rd-down conversion rate…For career, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 2-0 vs. Redskins. Roethlisberger is 14-1 (.933) at home vs. NFC…For career, RB RASHARD MENDENHALL averages 5.1 yards per carry vs. NFC. RB JONATHAN DWYER had career-high 122 rush yards on 17 att. (7.2 avg.) last week…WR MIKE WALLACE has 9 TD rec. in 13 career games vs. NFC. WR ANTONIO BROWN had season-high 96 rec. yards in Week 7…TE HEATH MILLER has 5 TD rec. in ’12, tied for most among NFL TEs…LB LA MARR WOODLEY posted 1st INT of season last week. Had 2 sacks in only career game vs. Was. (11/3/08). LB JAMES HARRISON (59) needs 1.5 sacks to surpass KEITH WILLIS (59) & JOEY PORTER (60) for 2nd-most sacks in Pit. history…S RYAN CLARK spent 2 seasons (2004-05) w/ Redskins.

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