Playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on their home field is tough enough. Trying to overcome 10 dropped passes in the process makes the task nearly impossible. Washington found out the hard way how valuable a pair of good hands can be as they fell to Pittsburgh 27-12 on a dreary, rainy afternoon at Heinz Field on Oct. 28.

Superstar rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was often accurate, but his passes didn’t seem to stick to the hands of his intended receivers.

Griffin completed just 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards and a score but his numbers could’ve nearly been doubled had his receivers caught at least half of their 10 drops. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his band of receivers had no such issue holding onto their passes as Big Ben struck for 222 yards and three scores. And when Big Ben wasn’t slicing through the Redskins defense, running back Jonathan Dwyer, who rushed for 107 yards on the day, was making life miserable for the visitors.

The Redskins fell to 3-5 on the season while Pittsburgh broke the .500 mark for the first time all year to go 4-3. Washington hasn’t beaten Pittsburgh since the 1991 season and will have to wait until the 2016 campaign for another shot at the Steelers.

Washington will return home to host the Carolina Panthers Nov. 4 in a battle between the last two Heisman winners, Griffin and Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO