Pittsburgh's offense has dangerous weapons all over the field and a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger that will eventually land in the Hall of Fame. Just Smith-Schuster is their top hideout, but the Washington defense needs to focus on limiting rookie vertical threat Chase Clay pool.
A matchup nightmare at 6-foot-4 and 238 lbs., in the Steeler's narrowest win this year (27-24 Week 6 against the Titans) Clay pool was limited to just one catch. Going into Week 13, Washington's defense led the NFL by only allowing a touchdown on 48 percent of opposing trips into the red zone.
The Steelers are scoring touchdowns 65 percent of the time they reach the red zone, so this will be a major test for Washington's defense. The Pittsburgh Steelers spent three months flirting with perfection, insisting all the time they were far from flawless.
In the day’s later kick-off, the Buffalo Bills moved to 9-3 after Josh Allen threw four touchdowns in their 34-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers (5-7), who were playing their ‘home’ game in Arizona due to Covid-19 protocols. For Washington, Alex Smith threw for 296 yards and a touchdown and Dustin Hopkins kicked a tie breaking 45-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining to clinch their victory.
Pittsburgh (11-1) missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth and dropped into a tie with defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City for the top spot in the AFC with four games remaining. A day after the New York Giants pulled an upset in Seattle, Washington (5-7) kept pace by rallying from 14 points down to win in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1991.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off by Jon Basic a former Steeler with 1:59 remaining. The Steelers appeared to be in firm control after Roethlisberger found James Washington for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter that put them up 14-0.
Roethlisberger’s heave to rookie running back Anthony McFarland Jr fell incomplete and Smith calmly drove Washington 45 yards in nine plays to set up the winning score. Dec 7, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Football Team corner back Jimmy Moreland (20) and defensive end Chase Young (99) celebrate a defensive stop against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field.
The Washington Football Team completed a crazy comeback against the Steelers to beat them 23-17. That field goal sparked the offense and in the second half, they outscored the Steelers 20-3 to earn the victory.
The Washington defense deserves a lot of credit for what they did on the field during the game. Sweat tipped a pass on the first play of the game where the Steelers trailed, and it fell into the arms of Jon Basic.
There had been so many deflected passes and drops throughout the game but when it mattered the most, Washington made the play. Meanwhile, on offense, Alex Smith started the day poorly, but he was able to rebound in the second half.
Smith got assists via a career game from Logan Thomas (nine catches, 90 yards, one TD), J.D. They did well to bolster a Washington offense that saw Antonio Gibson exit with an injury and Terry Clarín be held in check by the Steelers.
In a game that the Steelers dominated for the first half, but the Football Team took over in the second, Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins made two late field goals and the Football Team won 23-17. The loss drops the Steelers to 11-1 on the season, and the 1972 Dolphins can pop their champagne.
The game saw Alex Smith throw a lot of short, safe passes, and his favorite receivers were Logan Thomas and J.D. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also didn’t hit many big plays downfield, and he didn’t get any help from the running game, which was a complete non-factor against a good Washington defensive line.
If the Washington Football Team is going to hand the Steelers their first loss of the year this Monday, they're going to have to limit Ben Roethlisberger. One day after Fuller's presser, the Washington Football Talk podcast brought on ex-Steeler Ike Taylor to discuss the upcoming matchup at Heinz Field.
Seeing as Taylor is a former corner and one who shared a locker room and a practice field with Big Ben for more than a decade, he was the perfect person to ask: How in the hell can the Burgundy and Gold attempt to fool a quarterback who's played in 229 contests in his career? After that loss, legendary coordinator Dick Le Beau noticed that Manning was making his pre-wrap reads based on the secondary's alignment, as opposed to the linebackers or defensive line like a lot of passers do.
As long as Fuller, Km Curl, Ronald Darby and others remain calm and don't show Roethlisberger too much, they'll leave Pennsylvania with their third-straight victory? RELATED: How the Ravens hurt Washington's upset chances vs. Steelers “All four guys in the secondary have got to be on the same page,” Taylor said.
© Provided by Washington Football Crewmen it comes to teams in opposing conferences, it gets interesting to see how their overall records shape up going years into the past. Whether Monday’s win over the Steelers holds any weight with what ends up happening with Washington this year is a moot point at this moment, but it is definitely fun to imagine that history is strung along by connective tissues that could see Washington playing in Tampa, Florida, in February.
Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The Steelers were playing on a short week after taking on the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday night. Washington had an extended amount of time to prepare for this game after beating the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
The extra rest seemed to propel Washington to the finish line as the team came back from 14 points behind to beat the previously undefeated Steelers. Monte Sweat deflected a pass that ended in the hands of Washington linebacker Jon Basic.
On a third and short, Smith found Sims for a 29 gain with under three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Dec 7, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles with the ball as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Hazard (97) chases during the first quarter at Heinz Field.
Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Smith was playing without running back Antonio Gibson after he went down with a toe injury in the first quarter. Smith dropped back 46 times and made key throws to lead the Washington Football Team to victory.
Adding injury to illness and insult for the Steelers, outside linebacker Bud Degree, a top pass rusher, left Wednesday’s game late and is out for the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “We realize that Washington doesn’t care about our problems, or they’re glad that we have them,” Tomlin said of the disparity in preparation time.
The switch to Monday comes through no fault of Washington’s, but flux and change have been common this season as the NFL deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. “That’s really the only thing we’ve done is talk about the situation we’re in and try to make sure guys understand how important it is to be adaptable.
Alex Smith threw for 296 yards and a touchdown, Dustin Hopkins kicked a tie breaking 45-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining, and Washington rallied for a 23-17 victory on Monday in one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season. “We’ve been down for such a long time, and we’re trying to rebuild ourselves and build up,” first-year coach Ron Rivera said.
The Steelers (11-1) missed a chance to clinch a playoff berth and dropped into a tie with defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City for the best record in the AFC with four weeks remaining. Yet a day after the New York Giants won at Seattle, Washington (5-7) kept pace while giving the lowly NFC East its second marquee victory in 25ish hours.
The best start in the franchise’s 87-year history came to an abrupt halt on a rare Monday late afternoon game. The NFL pushed the contest back a day as part of the fallout from a COVID-19 outbreak in Baltimore that forced the league to postpone the Ravens’ visit to Heinz Field three times.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin insisted his club would not use the disruption as an excuse. But the weight of what the Steelers have been dealing with, combined with second-half injuries to inside linebacker Robert Spillane and corner back Joe Baden, made for a tough day.
“We’re getting to that point of the season when you’ve got to be sharp in all areas, your whole team, both sides of the ball,” Roethlisberger said. Still, even after Smith hit Logan Thomas for a 15-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 17, the Steelers had a chance.
Smith’s return from a right leg injury that nearly cost him his life has made him a lock for the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year. Smith remained in the game, his bloody sock giving his nearly all-white uniform a splash of color.
Washington : Lost leading rusher Antonio Gibson in the first half with a toe injury. Washington : Travels to Arizona next week to take on the San Francisco 49ers in a game relocated due to COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara, California, the site of Levi’s Stadium.