The fourth quarter began for the Redskins with the same theme of the previous three: a dropped pass.
This time, quarterback Robert Griffin III found wide receiver Aldrick Robinson with a perfectly-placed pass in the end zone for what looked at first like a touchdown, but Robinson dropped the ball — the team’s third drop in the end zone of the game.
That drive ended when Griffin III was sacked by linebacker Larry Foote on 3rd down, setting up a 45-yard field goal by kicker Kai Forbath, which he nailed — making him 7-for-7 on the season — and cutting the Steelers’ lead to 27-12.
The rest of the game continued on a similar path, as the Redskins dropped to 3-5 on the season with a 27-12 loss to the Steelers (4-3) at Heinz Field.
Today’s game featured two very troubling themes for the Redskins. First off, the defense struggled to do anything to stop Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense.
Heading into their final drive, the Steelers had 21 first downs and 329 total yards. Those are mind-boggling numbers, but don’t let them confuse you: Roethlisberger had his way and ripped apart the Washington secondary for most of the game.
Secondly, the wide receivers had a hard time catching the ball today. Midway through the fourth quarter, the unit had unofficially dropped 11 passes — three of which were in the end zone. Two of those passes were dropped by running backs Evan Royster and Darrel Young.
Drops haven’t been much of an issue for the Redskins this season, so it’s surprising to see it come up now. I’d like to think that Mother Nature had something to do with it today — it was cold and raining for most of the game — but you don’t ever want to make excuses for something like that.
Both of these issues, I’m sure, will be worked on immediately in practice tomorrow as the Redskins prepare to play host to the Carolina Panthers next Sunday at FedExField.
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