Can RG3 run past the Steelers?

October, 26, 2012
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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings two weeks ago. That included a 76-yard touchdown run, the longest by an NFL quarterback in 16 years. Last Sunday, RG3 ran for 89 yards on nine carries against the Giants.

Nearly halfway through the NFL season, RG3 is the 12th-leading rusher in the NFL with 468 yards (66.9 yards per game). He is averaging 7.3 yards per run and has scored six rushing touchdowns.

"He is as advertised," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel told reporters this week. "He's as fast as anyone out there and he's going to be very tough to stop."

Can RG3 beat the Steelers with his legs Sunday? Pittsburgh historically doesn't let quarterbacks pick up many yards on the ground. Since 2001, no quarterback has run for more than 46 yards against the Steelers, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Over the past 12 seasons, only six quarterbacks have gained over 40 yards rushing against the Steelers: David Carr (46 yards in 2005), Daunte Culpepper (44 in 2009), Seneca Wallace (44 in 2011), Jay Cutler (41 in 2007), Jeff Garcia (41 in 2004) and Michael Vick (40 in 2006). And it's not a typo that Carr has ran for more yards against the Steelers than any other quarterback since 2001.

In six games this season, the Steelers have allowed quarterbacks to run for a total of 47 yards and that includes a 22-yard run by Tim Tebow. But the Steelers haven't faced a quarterback quite like RG3 this year.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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