Steelers Dominate Redskins, 38-16

Adam Bihi, Staff Writer

Without Leveon Bell, Matravis Bryant, and Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had one of the most outstanding games in his career against the Washington Redskins by going 27/37 for 300 yards and 3 touchdown passes, The Steelers also let Deangelo Williams free as the running back shredded the Redskins defense for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Kirk Cousins, Who the Redskins franchised tagged back in March to the sound of $19.95 million dollars, didn’t fare so well like Roethlisberger by throwing 2 Interceptions but completed 69% of his passes and throwing for 329 yards. The game started out with 2 quick field goals for Washington by 3rd year veteran Dustin Hopkins. The Redskins seemed to have another opportunity to score as Ryan Kerrigan picked up a Ben Roethlisberger fumble but didn’t notice Center Maurkice Pouncey coming from behind to knock the ball out. Roethlisberger got the ball and led the Steelers on an 87 yard drive and connecting with Antonio Brown on a 4th and 1 play on the Redskins 29 yard line. The next time the Steelers got the ball back, they made sure to make Washington pay for it as “Big Ben” led the Steelers on another touchdown drive. The touchdown the Steelers got was a wild one as Ben Roethlisberger attempted a quick pass to Sammy Coates, who couldn’t hold onto the ball and was deflected to undrafted rookie receiver Eli Rogers who caught his first NFL Touchdown that he will always remember, changing the score to 14-6. The 3rd quarter didn’t improve the Redskins confidence as Kirk Cousins threw a costly interception to linebacker Ryan Shazier setting up a 46 yard field goal for veteran kicker Chris Boswell. Ben Roethlisberger made sure not to forget about his favorite target Antonio Brown as they connected again for a 26 yard touchdown. The Redskins finally scored again with a 34 yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. In the 4th quarter Washington finally scored a touchdown for the first time this season thanks to a one yard rush from 4th year veteran Chris Thompson. The Redskins thought that their misery would soon be over but would be proven wrong as Deangelo Williams would run for a 15 yard touchdown and a 6 yard scamper, The latter being the result of Kirk Cousins throwing another interception to feared Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Overall the Steelers host the Bengals on September 18th hoping to capitalize on another win while The Redskins host the Cowboys also on the 18th trying to get their first win of the season and hopefully repeat as the NFC East Champions.