Date/Time: August 19th, 8:00 PM ET
Television: NFL Network
Spread: Redskins -2.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t have a great first week of the preseason by any stretch of the imagination, as they were called out by their head coach and put together a dismal showing. Now, they have a chance to redeem themselves in their second preseason game of the campaign against the Washington Redskins.
Pittsburgh only mustered 13 points over the course of the first preseason game of the year. The team committed seven penalties and allowed five sacks. The ground game was atrocious, mustering three six carries for 56 yards and the other 21 carries for just 38 yards. The passing game didn’t produce even a single play that went for more than 14 yards. Simply put, it was ugly, and it was amazing that the game was even as close as it was. The question is whether or not QB Ben Roethlisberger is going to play more in this one. He only went 4-of-8 for 36 yards in the game, but there was never a doubt that all of the quarterbacks that were in the game were going to struggle against the New York defense. QB Bruce Gradkowski will be the first man off of the bench, and QB Landry Jones and QB John Parker Wilson will be playing in the second half for the right to try to become the third quarterback on the roster.
The media circus around Washington is starting to get a little ridiculous. There is a heck of a lot more discussion about QB Robert Griffin III and whether or not he is going to play in the preseason or not than there is about what is actually going on with the rest of the team. It’s almost a footnote that the Skins beat the Tennessee Titans 22-21 in Week 1, and the team really did look pretty darn good. The offense in the first half looked relatively efficient, especially with QB Kirk Cousins calling the shots. Cousins went 6-of-7 for 52 yards with a TD in the effort before coming out of the game, and he is showcasing himself as a potential starting quarterback for another team in the very near future. The ground game with RB Evan Royster and RB Roy Helu was excellent, as the two surprisingly stayed in the game to take a combined 27 rushes for 119 yards.
Washington did look good in that first game, but we are going to roll with the Steelers in this one. Tomlin is not the type of guy to let his team get away with some of the shenanigans that they got away with in Week 1. Pittsburgh will play a disciplined game and find a way to take an ugly one against Washington in DC.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington Redskins Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5
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