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#WASvsPIT: Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 28, 2012 – 3:13 pm

(AP photo)

The second half of today’s game between the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers got off on the right foot for the Redskins.

Trailing 20-6, quarterback Robert Griffin III found tight end Niles Paul wide open for a 37-yard pass-and-catch — a career-long reception for Paul. Two runs later — one by Griffin III and the other by halfback Alfred Morris — and the Redskins had their second first down of the drive.

But that momentum was killed three plays later, as, on 3rd and 12, Griffin III’s screen pass to Joshua Morgan only went for two yards. Kicker Kai Forbath salvaged the drive with a 48-yard field goal — an impressive kick for a first-year player here at Heinz Field — to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 20-9 with 11:52 left in the third quarter.

The Steelers began their first drive of the second half at their own 20 and promptly got a 12-yard run by Jonathan Dwyer, which was followed by a 7-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to fullback Will Johnson. Dwyer plowed his way on the next play for a 10-yard gain. Two plays later, Roethlisberger found running back Baron Batch for an eight-yard gain and another first down, which was followed by a 12-yard gain on a pass to tight end Heath Miller.

Two plays after that completion, the Steelers faced a 3rd and 3 from the Redskins’ 21-yard line. After a Pittsburgh timeout, the Steelers ran a direct snap to running back Chris Rainey for a 19-yard gain to the Washington one-yard line. Two plays later, Roethlisberger found fullback Will Johnson for the one-yard touchdown catch. After the extra point, they led 27-9.

The Redskins’ defense is making the Steelers’ offense look unstoppable to this point. That was an 11-play, 80-yard drive that took 6:39 off the clock. The Steelers have 20 first downs to the Redskins’ nine, and lead in total yards 314 to 158.

The Redskins needed to get something — anything — going on their next drive, which started at the Washington 20 with an 11-yard run by Morris. A false start penalty on guard Kory Lichtensteiger, however, about cut that run in half. On the next play, Griffin III found Santana Moss wide open about three yards shy of the first down. Though the throw was low, it was dropped by Moss — and is the Redskins’ seventh drop of the game. You aren’t going to beat good teams like the Steelers by dropping so many passes — two of which were in the end zone.

Griffin III found wide receiver Joshua Morgan for a six-yard pass-and-catch on the next play, setting up a 3rd and 9 from the Washington 32. Griffin III’s pass, intended for tight end Logan Paulsen, was overthrown and nearly picked off, setting up a punt by Sav Rocca that was taken to the end zone by Antonio Brown. But the Steelers were called for an illegal block in the back, which put the ball at the Pittsburgh 14-yard line. Brown was also called for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting the Redskins on the meaningless return, although that was declined.

The Steelers’ drive ended with a ferocious hit on running back Chris Rainey by linebacker London Fletcher for a five-yard loss. Redskins returner Brandon Banks took the 58-yard punt 27 yards to the Steelers’ 42-yard line, a season-long return for Banks.

The first play of the next drive for the Redskins resulted in a seven-yard loss after Griffin III recovered his own fumble. Griffin III found receiver Dezmon Briscoe on the next play, who got 14 yards on the catch to the 35-yard line, setting up a 3rd down and 3.

CHIME IN: What are your thoughts about the third quarter of action today? Feel free to comment below.

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8 Responses to “#WASvsPIT: Third Quarter Thoughts”

  1. By JT on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Please tell me why down 27-9 and the third quarter winding down they are not in no huddle? This team has completely deteriorated. They have went from being a great offense with great playing to just being plain terrible. If you dont realize you need to start going no huddle then the coaching staff needs to be fired.

  2. By Charles on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    How about Washington not run the same offensive play over and over and for God’s sake…receivers should be fined for dropped passes and please…somone fire the defense and start over to include the coach…simply HORRIBLE!

  3. By Charles on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe put the cheerleaders in to play.

  4. By chucki on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Disappointing game for the Redskins…no doubt…ugly

  5. By Angie on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    This summer I was at Kings Doninion with my son. We both are big fans and he’s 10 years old and when he attempt to get Deangelo Hall autograph. Mr. Hall had my son’s football in his hand when some lady with your organization came up and took the football give it back to my son…with out the autograph. That was the main reason we went to Kings Doninion that day. Can you imagine how that made my son feel. He’s a 10 year old boy who loves football and the Redskins.
    Sad but still a fan!!!!!

  6. By kgsg on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    I have a question? With our number one receiver gone for most likely the season why don’t we try to pick up another big name receiver. Plaxico Buress would be a good deep threat for RGIII. All of the drops today was unexcusable.

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

    this will be a typical Redskin team. We will sit with what we got. A replacement for Garcon would be a smart thing to do, but don’t count on it.

  8. By williams006 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    I made a comment that the players only good if the coaches stay involved in the game. Meaning…coaches/team captains/ & quarter back should know that we’re down three scores and there should be some type of urgency. Third quarter we let 25 secs tic’d off(no snap). Fourth quarter no hurry up offense, two minute drill or any guidance from anybody but the fans & commentators to move faster. We have great players but not being used enough because we’re looking for two or three players only to move the ball. Spread the ball around to the tight ends, receivers,running backs even the cheer leaders if that going to get us a score. Redskins is predictable and everybody knows that except our Coaching staff. Three scores behind and nobody spoke up before D Hall made a fool of himself, the team and the fans. Coaches do your job …D Hall should be gone. Thats all I have to say…006

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