Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Steelers Take on Redskins at Heinz Field this Sunday Afternoon

Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, better known as RG3, brings his exciting show to Pittsburgh this week, as the Redskins take on the Steelers in a inter-conference clash at Heinz Field.
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Coming off a much-needed 24-17 victory at Paul Brown Stadium over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night, the Steelers (3-3) look to build on their momentum and improve to one game over .500. The Redskins (3-4), still reeling from a tough, last-second loss to the defending champion New York Giants last Sunday, will look to rebound behind the electric Griffin, who is averaging 228 a game through the air and has thrown seven touchdown passes to only three interceptions so far in his debut season. RG3 has also contributed on the ground with six rushing touchdowns.
The Steelers are undefeated at home this season and haven't lost a game at Heinz Field to an NFC team since October 26th, 2008, when they fell to the Giants, 21-14.
Pittsburgh is currently 1 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) in the AFC North Division. The Redskins are 2-2 in road games this year and sit in last place in the NFC East Division, two games behind the Giants.
After struggling on the ground over the course of the first five weeks under new offensive coordinator Todd Haley, the Steelers rebounded in a big way on Sunday night in Cincinnati when they rushed for 167 yard on 29 attempts. Third year back Jonathan Dwyer, starting thanks to injuries to Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, led the attack with 112 yards on 17 carries.
Even if the ground game sputters again this Sunday, Pittsburgh also has one of the NFL's premier quarterbacks at its disposal. Ben Roethlisberger, in his ninth pro season, is perhaps having his best season at age 30.
Through six weeks, Roethlisberger has averaged 294 yards a game through the air and has thrown 11 touchdowns to only three interceptions.
With seven starters over the age of 30, the Steelers have the oldest defense in the NFL, and they will have a difficult task in keeping the young and elusive Griffin in-check. However, in the team's 16-14 victory over the Eagles in Week 5, Pittsburgh was able to shut-down Michael Vick, who is older but has a similar, elusive style to RG3.
It should be a fun and interesting match-up at Heinz Field this Sunday, one that could go a long way in shaping the reminder of the season for both teams.

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