Monday, October 29, 2012
Upon Further Review: Steelers
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-12 win over the Washington Redskins:
Even the current best rookie quarterback in the NFL couldn't overcome Dick LeBeau's mastery over first-year passers. OK, the stone-handed Redskins receivers also played a major factor in Robert Griffin III's demise at Heinz Field.
The Steelers improved to 15-1 against rookie quarterbacks (including playoffs) since LeBeau returned as defensive coordinator in 2004. Pittsburgh shut down RG3's biggest strengths -- throwing deep and scrambling.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Steelers defended as many passes as RG3 completed (four) on throws deeper than 10 yards downfield Sunday. Griffin completed 4 of 12 passes (33.3 percent) deeper than 10 yards downfield after entering the game with a league-leading 61.5 completion percentage on those throws.
Also, RG3 didn't attempt a scramble against the Steelers on Sunday for the first time in his career. Entering the game, Griffin led the NFL in scrambles (24) and scramble yards (289).
"I thought we did a nice job," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We weren't perfect. They test you really. Dive, quarterback pitch, some of those things. The big thing and what we talked about all week is, regardless of what happened, we needed to run to the football with energy. We thought that was the only way we could contain that outfit."
STAT THAT STICKS: 0 -- Number of times Ben Roethlisberger was sacked Sunday. The Steelers improve to 14-0 all-time in games when Roethlisberger isn't sacked, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
OVERHEARD: “If we can keep the run game going and protect Ben, this is going to be the outcome every Sunday. We still left some points out there, but it’s the best effort by the offensive line this season.” -- Right guard Ramon Foster told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Steelers (4-3) play at the New York Giants (6-2), who have won four straight games to complete a perfect October.