Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes and Jonathan Dwyer ran for 107 yards to help the Steelers beat the Washington Redskins 27-12 in a game played through a steady rain at Heinz Field today.
Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes of 1 yard to Leonard Pope, 7 yards to Heath Miller and 1 yard to Will Johnson.
Rookie Robert Griffin III, who had a sensational first seven games of his career, completed just 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards. However, he had seven of his passes dropped, hurting any consistency he could lend his offense. He also ran six times for only 8 yards. Griffin did throw one touchdown pass of 2 yards to Santana Moss.
The Steelers raised their record to 4-3 with their second consecutive victory. Washington fell to 3-5.
Shaun Suisham kicked two field goals for the Steelers and Washington’s Brandon Banks, who had an extra-point try blocked, kicked three.
The Steelers never trailed. They led 10-0 after one quarter and 20-6 at halftime.
Roethlisberger completed 24 of 33 passes for 222 yards. Dwyer ran for 107 yards on 17 carries to become the first Steelers back to top 100 yards in consecutive games since Willie Parker did it in September 2008. It was the third 100-yard game by Dwyer.
The Redskins closed the gap to 20-9 when Banks kicked a 48-yard field goal to cap their first drive of the second half.
The Steelers, however, responded on their first drive of the second half with another touchdown on another long series. Roethlisberger threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Johnson, his first NFL touchdown. Two plays earlier, rookie Chris Rainey took a direct snap from center on third down and scooted 19 yards around right end to the two.
That 80-yard drive gave the Steelers a 27-9 lead.
Safety Ryan Clark left the game for good early in the third quarter with a concussion after he was accidentally kicked in the head while making a tackle.
The Redskins scored early in the second quarter, matching the Steelers with a fourth-down touchdown pass. Griffin hit Moss with a quick, hard pass in the front of the end zone for a 2-yard score.
Washington’s 80-yard drive got off to a strong beginning when Griffin completed a 31-yard pass to Logan Paulsen. Ziggy Hood blocked Banks’ extra point kick to make it 10-7.
The Steelers responded with another long touchdown drive, traveling 74 yards on 10 plays. On third down, Roethlisberger scrambled to his right and threw a 7-yard pass in the back middle of the end zone to Miller, the tight end’s sixth this season. The Steelers used the no huddle offense on that drive.
They made it four drives, four scores when Suisham kicked a 27-yard field goal, his second of the game, with 1:56 left in the first half. It put the Steelers in front 20-6.
That 46-yard drive came after a 12-yard Washington punt.