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Redskins vs. Steelers: Mike Tomlin calls Antonio Brown's backwards run 'not respectable'

The Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 4-3 on the season and 3-0 at home with a 27-12 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns in the win while the Steelers' defense kept Robert Griffin III in check.

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Antonio Brown's backwards run uncalled for

Bob Smizik calls Antonio Brown's backwards run into the end zone against the Redskins on Sunday "classless."

It was showboating. It was taunting. It was disrespecting the game. It was everything people of a certain generation were raised to despise.

It is everything athletes of the current generation love.

I understand this is the 21st century and players adhere to a different standard of behavior. How Joe Greene and Jack Ham behaved has no bearing on the NFL -- and most sports -- in 2012.

Turning this into a generational divide makes me a little uncomfortable, but Smizik is right that athletes shouldn't act this way. (Ick, that's right. I mostly agree with Bob Smizik.) The play, if you haven't seen it, is here. Brown receives a punt, jukes right, heads to his left into a huge hole, then outruns the punter. Then, when he's all alone at around the 20-yard line, he turns around and runs the rest backwards for the rest of the way to the end zone. That was unsportsmanlike, and uncalled for, and it goes well beyond merely celebrating. The play was called back, which evened the karmic balance.


Lewis and Allen unsung heroes in Steelers' win

The Pittsburgh Steelers and their faithful fans have to be feeling good after their 27-12 beating of the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon in Heinz Field.

While many players performed well, a few standouts include corner Keenan Lewis and safety Will Allen, according to Dave Bryan SteelersDepot.com.

Lewis played one of the better games in his young career, breaking up three passes, including one that appeared to be a sure touchdown for Aldrick Robinson had Lewis not gotten his hand in the way.

Despite being the man in coverage on Santana Moss's touchdown reception, Lewis was solid throughout.

Allen also showed up in a big way for the injured Troy Polamalu. The strong safety was everywhere, defending a trio of passes and also recording five tackles.

Pittsburgh will be hoping for the same time of effort from both Allen and Lewis next week when the Steelers travel to play the defending-champion New York Giants.


Steelers impress against Washington

The Pittsburgh Steelers got a very important 27-12 victory over the Washington Redskins at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon, running their record to 4-3.

While it wasn't always pretty for the black and gold (mostly because of those uniforms), Pittsburgh was able to secure the victory with a nice balanced attack on offense.

Jonathan Dwyer led the team with a stellar performance, picking up 107 rushing yards on only 17 carries. Ben Roethlisberger also played well, throwing for a trio of touchdowns and 222 yards.

As Ivan Cole points out at Behind The Steel Curtain, perhaps it was the much maligned offensive line that was the most impressive on this day for Dan Rooney's club:

Offensive line. Please let me know if you saw any deficiencies here because I didn't. I think Mike Adams has quietly arrived. Colon gave us a replay of his tendency to use the ground to tenderize defensive players. Pouncey is back. And you didn't notice Foster and Starks, which is a good thing. There was room for the running game and time for Ben. What more do you want? Oh, yeah and DeCastro may be back soon.

Conversely, the defense was able to contain Robert Griffin III, something that has proven to be a bit of a task in recent weeks.

All in all, the Steelers showed the rest of the NFL why they're certainly far from done in the wide-open AFC.


Suddenly, Steelers in good shape in AFC North

It may have taken a Ravens bye week and a game featuring some ugly, ugly uniforms, but with Week 8 nearly over, the AFC North is finally beginning to make sense again. In mid-October, the Steelers were 2-3 and had been decimated by injuries, and it looked like their age might finally be catching up with them. And, even if that weren't the case, they'd given the Ravens such a head start that it looked like it might not matter.

That was so two weeks ago. Now, the Ravens are coming off a blowout loss and a bye week (and are now dealing with some fairly serious injury issues of their own, with Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis out for the rest of the season), and the Steelers, thanks in part to a stout defense and a revamped rushing attack now led by Jonathan Dwyer, have won two straight and are just one game back in the AFC North. In a 27-12 win over the Redskins, the Steelers held Robert Griffin III in check, limiting him to a pedestrian 177 yards through the air and only allowing him to rush for eight yards. Meanwhile, Dwyer put up his second straight 100-yard rushing game, and Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes.

The Steelers are now 4-3, one game back of Baltimore. An upcoming matchup against the Giants will be a big test, but if the Steelers can win there and in a Week 10 matchup against a weak Chiefs team, they'll be in great shape heading into a Week 11 showdown against the Ravens at Heinz Field. There are still doubts about the Steelers, of course, but it's a wonder what two wins can do at this relatively early point in the season.


Roethlisberger lifts Pittsburgh to victory

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense were highly efficient, punting only three times as they beat the Washington Redskins, 27-12, on Sunday at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns and completed 24 passes for 222 yards in the victory. Because of injuries, Jonathan Dwyer was once again called on to lead the Pittsburgh running game and he did, carrying 17 times for 107 yards.

Leonard Pope, Heath Miller and Will Johnson all caught touchdown passes for the Steelers.

Shaun Suisham was a perfect 2 for 2 on field goals.

Washington's offense hurt itself a number of times, setting a season-high with 10 dropped passes on the day.

Robert Griffin III was 16 for 34 passing for 177 yards and one touchdown. The Redskins' running attack never got much going against the Steelers' defense, with Alfred Morris carrying 13 times for just 59 yards. Griffin II was held in check on the ground as well, only picking up eight yards on six carries.

The only touchdown of the game for the Redskins came in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Griffin III to Santana Moss. The ensuing extra point by Kai Forbath was blocked.

Forbath made both of his field goal attempts for Washington, splitting the uprights from 48 and 45 yards.

Washington falls to 3-5 on the season while Pittsburgh improves to 4-3. With the victory, the Steelers are still a perfect 3-0 on the year at home.

Fantasy studs/duds: Fantasy owners who started Ben Roethlisberger will certainly be happy with his three touchdowns and 222 yards. Robert Griffin III, despite the loss, continued to be a strong fantasy scorer, throwing for 177 yards and a touchdown. While Alfred Morris has been one of the league's leading rushers, his fantasy owners were hurt on Sunday by his 59-yard, no touchdown performance. For everything fantasy related, visit SB Nation's Fantasy Footbal page.

Odds/Gambling: The Steelers were 4.5-point favorites at home and easily covered that spread. To see more spreads and odds from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL Odds page.

Injury info: Pittsburgh's Ryan Clark left the game in the second half with a concussion and did not return.

Next team on the schedule: The Redskins will host the Carolina Panthers next week at 1 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh will go on the road in Week 9, travelling to face the New York Giants at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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Steelers up, 27-9, heading into 4th quarter

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense has been efficient through three quarters, as the Steelers lead the Washington Redskins, 27-9, heading into the final quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are looking to remain perfect at home this season.

Pittsburgh's offense has gained 311 total yards to Washington's 195. The Steelers have scored on all but one of their drives thus far.

Washington scored for the first time since early in the second quarter on Kai Forbath's 48-yard field goal with 11:57 left in the quarter.

The Steelers had a punt return touchdown negated by a penalty for illegal block in the back, allowing Washington to remain within 18 points.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have moved the ball well against the Redskins, scoring on all but one of their drives. Roethlisberger has thrown for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Because of injuries, Jonathan Dwyer is once again leading the Pittsburgh rushing attack with 12 carries for 89 yards.

Shaun Suisham is 2-2 on field goals, hitting from 48 and 27 yards.

Washington has the ball inside Pittsburgh territory to begin the fourth quarter.


Ryan Clark out with concussion for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now without both starting safeties following a concussion to Ryan Clark.


Steelers lead Skins, 20-6, at half

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a 20-6 halftime lead over the Washington Redskins at Heinz Field. The Steelers have not lost at home so far this season.

The Steelers offense moved well in the first half, picking up 234 yards and and scoring on four of their five drives.

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdowns, a 1-yarder to Leonard Pope and a 7-yarder to Heath Miller, in the first half. Pittsburgh added a pair of field goals by Shaun Suisham, from 48 and 27 yards.

Washington got on the board by going for it on fourth and goal, with Robert Griffin III hit Santana Moss in tight coverage for a 2-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. Kai Forbath's extra point was blocked, making the score 10-6 Pittsburgh at the time.

The Steelers defense held Griffin III to 5 for 13 for 58 yards. The Washington offense only gained 106 yards in the first half.

Roethlisberger completed 16 of 23 passes for 173 yards in the first half. Jonathan Dwyer is once again leading the Steelers' rushing attack, carrying seven times for 61 yards.

Washington will receive the ball to begin the second half.


Steelers score on both drives, lead 10-0, after 1Q

The Pittsburgh Steelers scored on both of their first-quarter possessions to lead the Washington Redskins, 10-0, after one quarter at Heinz Field.

Washington has the ball in deep in Pittsburgh territory to begin the second quarter.

The Steelers opened the scoring on their first drive when they elected to go for it on 4-and-goal from the 1-yard-line and converted. Ben Roethlisberger faked a hand-off and rolled out right before hitting Leonard Pope for the game's first touchdown.

Shaun Suisham split the uprights for a 48-yard field goal on the Steelers' second drive to extend the lead to 10-0.

The Steelers are 3-3 after beating the Cincinnati Bengals a week ago and not lost lost a home game yet this season. The Redskins come into Week 8 with a 3-4 record on the year. They are looking to bounce back from last week's late loss to the New York Giants.


Steelers inactives: Mendenhall, Redman out vs. WAS

The inactives list for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins Week 8 showdown has been released, and the consecutive-games streak for Redskins veteran linebacker London Fletcher will remain intact. Fletcher will start and extended his NFL record to 232 consecutive games.

Earlier in the the week, there was worry a head injury would keep him out of the contest. For the Redskins, only two players are listed on its inactive list: wide receiver Pierre Garcon and safety Brandon Meriweather.

Meanwhile, the Steelers will be without a pair of running backs: starter Rashard Mendenhall is out for the second straight week as is backup Isaac Redman. Pittsburgh will rely on third-string running back Jonathan Dwyer to carry the load again. Last week, Dwyer ran for 122 yards on 17 carriers in a 24-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Also out for the Steelers is safety Troy Polamalu. The rest of Pittsburgh's inactive players are: tackle Marcus Gilbert, linebacker Brandon Johnson, quarterback Charlie Batch and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.


Griffin III, Roethlisberger to square off Sunday

The Pittsburgh Steelers return home to face Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.


Steelers to wear 'bumblebee' uniforms on Sunday

Amid the exciting storylines leading up to Sunday's Redskins-Steelers showdown, fans are divided on Pittsburgh's uniform selection. In honor of the team's 80th season, the Steelers will come out stinging in what Ike Taylor has called their "bumblebee" look.


via John Heller from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

That's running back Isaac Redman modeling the jerseys back in April. Ike Taylor is clearly excited to show these uniforms off. He's so excited, in fact, that existing words don't do his emotions justice: "I'll try to put 'swag' and 'swurve' in the same word. How about 'swavvin'? You got to have that Looney Toons accent like Porky the Pig when you say it, too. 'Swav-v-v-v-v-v-v-in.' "

The uniforms are available for purchase online or at Heinz Field for $99.95. If you like this look (a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette poll found that 14 percent of respondents do) then you'll be happy to know that the Steelers plan on donning the retro jerseys again on Nov. 18 against the Ravens.


Rookie OT Adams more confident after Bengals win

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie offensive tackle Mike Adams provided the Steelers with a big spark, along with backup center Doug Legursky, in the Steelers' big win over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday. Adams is going to be expected to do it again this week against the Washington Redskins.

Adams, a hulking, 6'7", 323 pound rookie from Ohio State, performed in a big way last week—All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey told Ralph N. Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was "jumping up and down on the sidelines cheering" for him and Negursky—but, according to Paulk, Adams will have to perform just as well this week, and he's struggled with his consistency against the tougher competition:

Adams has discovered a sizable difference between tussling with linemen in the Big Ten and the NFL.

"The size and speed of the guys you're playing against is the biggest challenge," Adams said. "It's not like college when there was a weak link here and there. Everybody is the best of the best in this league. So it's definitely a little bit different."

This week, Adams will have to contend with the Redskins' Jarvis Jenkins, who was one sack but has done his fair share of pressuring the quarterback. On the other side of the ball will also be Ryan Kerrigan, a feared sophomore pass-rusher. Luckily for Adams and the Steelers, the Redskins are without Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker, who were both lost for the season weeks ago with injuries.


Isaac Redman questionable for Sunday's game

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman could play on Sunday when the team hosts the visiting Washington Redskins at Heinz Field, but the tailback is currently listed as questionable, via Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest.

The 27-year-old Redman missed his first game of the season last week against the Cincinnati Bengals and there is a chance he could miss his second straight game. He was able to practice on Friday, albeit limited, as he continues to nurse an ankle injury.

On the season, Redman has accumulated just 127 yards in 50 carries (2.54 yards per carry) with one touchdown, but the running back became a receiving threat out of the backfield when he caught four passes for 105 yards in Week 6.

The Steelers have already ruled running back Rashard Mendenhall out for Sunday's game against the Redskins, because of an Achilles injury. Obviously, they will not want to be without two of their running backs.


RB Mendenhall out; Dwyer to start against Steelers

Rashard Mendenhall has played in just two games for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season.


Steelers WR Wallace: Redskins secondary "decent"

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is anxious to ignite the team's down-field passing game this Sunday, and he doesn't appear too worried about the Washington Redskins secondary, either.

In a report by Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Thursday, Wallace spoke about his Week 8 opponents.

"They're OK. They're decent," Wallace said of the Redskins' secondary in the report. "DeAngelo (Hall) is a perennial Pro Bowler guy. ... I don't feel like they have tremendous athletes over there, but they're always in the right spots."

Washington ranks last in the league in pass yards allowed per game, giving up an average of 328.4 yards through the air per contest. Meanwhile, the Steelers' offense is sixth in the NFL in pass yards per game, throwing for an average of 282.2 yards a game.

"I think we can be one of the best offenses," Wallace said of the Steelers in the article, who are averaging 23.3 points per game this season. "But it's not time to say that anymore - we have to go out and prove it. The talking is done."


Steelers weigh in on new throwback uniforms

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had mixed reactions about the throwback uniforms they're set to wear Sunday against the Washington Redskins, as reported by Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times.

The uniforms, featuring black and yellow horizontal stripes on the jersey and socks, are meant to honor the 1934 edition of the Steelers as the team celebrates its 80th anniversary.

For some, like Brett Keisel, the uniforms are an awesome tribute to the team's history:

"I’ve got to say they’re pretty sharp. They’re awesome. A lot of guys don’t like them but I think they’re sharp. I’m old school, so I’m a fan of the throwbacks. They look great."

For others, like James Harrison, who tweeted "send them back" about the new uniforms when they were revealed, they'd rather not be seen in the jerseys. Ben Roethlisberger probably echoed Harrison's sentiment by choosing to merely term the uniforms as "different" instead of giving his opinion.

Others joked that the team would look like something besides a football team wearing the old-school uniforms:

"As long as there aren’t any prison guards on hand, and we don’t have to worry about any one stepping across the gun line and getting shot, we’ll be good," joked tackle Max Starks.

"We’ll be bumblebees," Keisel said. "The Killer Bees."

The Steelers will wear the uniforms twice, first on Sunday and then again on Nov. 18 against the Baltimore Ravens, both home games.


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Pouncey practices, Mendenhall and Redman don't

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