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Terrible Towels take over FedEx Field

11/3/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Steelers travel better than any fan base in the league. It's pretty amazing to look up and see Terrible Towels in almost every section of FedEx Field.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin began the game with an onside kick.

It's a questionable decision -- especially when it doesn't work. It's also a sign that Tomlin has a lot of faith in his defense. The Redskins took over on the Steelers' 36-yard line, but had to settle for a field goal.

I was down on the field watching Redskins receiver Santana Moss warm up before the game. He made some aggressive cuts and then I watched a Redskins official walk over and report that he was indeed going to be active about 95 minutes before the game.

The Steelers desperately need to establish a running game in order to help quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Having Willie Parker healthy again could provide a huge lift. The interception by Roethlisberger was caused when defensive end Andre Carter tipped the ball. The Redskins do an excellent job of getting their hands up in passing lanes. Carter is a 6-foot-4 lineman and he has unusually long arms.

I'd say the Steelers are pretty fortunate to only be down 6-0 at this point. They have a botched onside kick and an interception. That's a victory for the Steelers.