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#WASvsPIT: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 28, 2012 – 3:55 pm

(AP photo)

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.

CHIME IN: What are your thoughts about today’s game? Feel free to comment below.

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16 Responses to “#WASvsPIT: Fourth Quarter Conclusions”

  1. By Julianne on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply


  2. By robert griffin the turd on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s see, last year : 3-5. this year after 3 #1picks and a 2nd rounder: 3-5. I’d rather have a team in contention for the playoffs than a QB in contention for the cover of Madden…for now it’s RG 3 AND 5.

  3. By burnt on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    So what was the total drops this game? 12ish? Oh and Haslett needs to go and we need a safety upgrade so the cbs can play more press so they dont have to worry about giving up the big play so much.

  4. By robert griffin the turd on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply


  5. By akacraney on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder if Coach Shanahan really wants RGIII to be his starting QB??? They tell him not to take the hits while running yet send him out on a pass pattern that nearly took his head off. Instead of trying him as a reciever lets put him at safety. I’ll bet he could do better than what’s there now. There is hope on the way…Hurricane Sandy, maybe it’ll blow Fed Ex stadium over so the bleeding can stop….

  6. By Glenn Darr on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Losing most of what few stars we have to injured reserve, has made this a pathetic team. We might win 3 more games this year.

  7. By Go Skins on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    There’s a lot of hate here for the coaches getting the best QB in the draft as if that move is what caused a large number of starting defensive players to get injured. We have no safeties because they got injured, not because we went after RG3. There is no way we’d be at 3 -5 right now if we were still starting grossman. RG3 puts us in a position to win and we need the defense to retool to work with their depleted numbers.

    With that said, Hall is a thug who needs to play smarter and MUCH better football. I’m tired of other teams targeting him for big plays…

  8. By Tim Karschner on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    As a 40 something year old, life long Skins fan, this is getting sickening. I am tired of one after another losing seasons already. I don’t even wear my Redskins jersey, hat, etc. any longer. RG3..great, but we are NOT winning, fact it’s becoming laughing stock of NFC East…This team is NOT serious, at least it doesn’t show. For now I will hang my head and put my Skins stuff away, for another season down the road. It appears this season is OVER…Thanks..for nothing..

  9. By oldestRedskinfan on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    Redskin fans, remember we lost Orakpo and other players to injury! What I find unbelievable is sending RG3 out as a wide out. After that I stopped watching! However, let us all remain Redskin fans.

  10. By joltexe24 on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    I think everyone needs to calm down,yeah,the skins got shut downed by the steelers and the defense and recievers didnt make anything easier but last time i checked,the season is far from over.We all should keep our head up

  11. By bkelley on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    De Angelo Hall needs to fired. He is a poor excuse for a player and a disgrace to the organization and NFL for that matter.

  12. By DICK on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    we stink

  13. By steelcity on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    thats what happens when you bring that weak game to PITTSBURGH

  14. By shari reitnauer on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Yea we suck but to have faith because the season just started, thats like reaching in a barrel of nothing and pulling out something!!!!

  15. By Warrior on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Sure the Recievers missed some passes, but the “elephant in the room IS THE DEFENSE!”

  16. By robert griffin the turd on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    what safeties did we lose? merriweather? jackson? we picked them up off the street because no other team wanted them. we had a worse rash of injuries last year at this time and were 3-5 with rex. all we have now are sportscenter highlights and nothing else. just like i predicted in april. sad part is, with no 1st rounder and another 18 million$ cap hit, this is the same team we will see next year.

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