A week after they held Andy Dalton and the Bengals in check, the Steelers made super Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III learn the hard way what the NFL is all about.
The Steelers D held Griffin in check for the most part, and the Pittsburgh offense dominated the Redskins defense, as the Steelers won their second straight, 27-12 over Washington.
Ben Roethlisberger went 23-for-32 with three touchdown passes, one to backup tight end Leonard Pope, another to TE Heath Miller, and a third to FB Will Johnson.
Pope’s TD came on a 4th and 1 on the games first possession.
The Steelers run game was without their top two RB’s, as both Rashard Mendenhall and Issac Redmen sat with injuries. Jonathan Dwyer started for the Steelers, and again played well going over 100 yards for the second straight week.
Dwyer went for 107 yards on 17 carries, and while he didn’t score despite two carries inside the two, he did have a big impact on the Steelers being able to run the ball for the second straight week.
Griffin didn’t get much help from his pass catchers, as the Redskins were credited with 10 drops in the game, the most any team had been credited with in 2012.
On the day, the Skins QB went 16-for-34 with 177 yards. He threw for the Skins only TD, and was sacked once and not picked all day.
As far as his legs were concerned, the Steelers held him down for the most part, keeping him to 10 yards on 5 carries, with his longest carry on the day being 7 yards.
The Steelers built a 10-0 lead before the Skins got on the board with a Griffin to Santana Moss TD on 4th-and-2 with 11:33 to play in the first half.
Ziggy Hood blocked the extra point, giving the Steelers a 10-6 lead.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers came right back, with a drive that covered 74 yards in 10 plays, and ended with a TD pass from 7 yards out to Miller to make it 17-6.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 27-yard field goal late in the first half to make it 20-6 at the half.
Washington pulled to 20-9 on a field goal in the third, but the Steelers put the game away for the most part, ending another long drive with Roethlisberger hitting Johnson with a 1-yard TD pass with 5:13 to play third quarter.
The third Roethlisberger TD gave the Steelers a commanding 27-9 lead.
Kai Forbath kicked a 45-yard field goal for the Redskins three minutes into the fourth quarter, and drove into Steelers territory, but failed on a 4th-and-17 with 4:11 left at the Steelers 24.
The Steelers outgained the Skins 355 to 255, and held the ball for 33:13 to 26:47.
Next week Pittsburgh will be in NJ to take on the Giants at 4:25pm.