The Steelers finally pushed their record above .500 when they beat the Washington Redskins 27-12 on Sunday. More importantly, they made up valuable ground on the Baltimore Ravens, who are currently in first place in the AFC North.
The Steelers wore throwback jerseys during the game that made them look like human bumblebees. But despite their unusual appearance, the Steelers played extremely well.
The Steelers were able to hold the Redskins to only 86 rushing yards. Coming into the game, the Redskins had been the top rushing team in the NFL.
But even more impressive was the fact that the Steelers were able to shut down star rookie Robert Griffin III. Griffin came into the game as the NFL’s 6th leading rusher, while also completing 70% of his passes. That’s an incredible combination. But against the Steelers, Griffin completed only 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards, and was held to only 8 yards rushing. Of course, Griffin’s statistics weren’t helped by the fact that his receivers dropped 10 passes. The Redskins receivers looked eerily like Mike Wallace looked last week.
Speaking of Wallace, he made a remarkable recovery from last week, and actually held onto the ball. He ended up as the team’s top receiver on Sunday, catching 7 passes for 62 yards.
But perhaps the best performance of the day was turned in by running back Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer had his second 100+ yard rushing performance, as he ran for 107 yards on 17 carries. But what has impressed me most is how Dwyer has been running. He’s been a downhill runner who has started reminding Steelers fans of Jerome Bettis.
Now the Steelers have to prepare to face another NFC East opponent. They will travel to New York to face Eli Manning and the New York Giants. The Giants are the defending NFL champions, so this game is sure to provide a test for the Steelers.