Ask any kid who is waiting to walk into a casino and have their first legal drink, they will tell you twenty-one years feels like forever. Ask the Washington Redskins, and they will likely say the same thing. That’s right, the last time the Redskins defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was Nov. 17th, 1991. Washington will attempt to end the drought, but the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t go down without a fight.
On Sunday, the Steelers will again take the field sans Troy Polamalu and Marcus Gilbert who are both nursing re-aggravated injuries. Despite the fact that the Steel Curtain defense has been riddled with injuries all season, they are still ranked second in overall passing yardage allowed. The defensive fortitude of the Steelers will need to remain intact because their role will be especially important against Washington.
Robert Griffin III has been a main story of the season, and will likely be the main story of this game. He has been very successful so far, but he has not had to face a defensive line that is home to the likes of James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote, and Lawrence Timmons. No matter what decision Griffin III makes, he will make it in the face of this burly group. The Steelers line-backing corps will have to stay on their toes as trick plays are a regularity for the Redskins red zone offense.
By Steel City standards, the Steelers are having a mediocre, if not disappointing, season thus far. The NFL standings, however, tell a slightly different story. Although a record of 3-3 is not necessarily ideal, it is enough for the Steelers to be sitting in second place in the highly competitive AFC North division. If the Black and Gold hope to overtake the first place Baltimore Ravens, no game can be taken lightly, no matter the opponent.