Last week the Pittsburgh lost their second game of the season to a NFC East team, and this week they will take on their third NFC East team as they travel to Washington to play the tough 6-2 Redskins on Monday night. The Skins are coming off a 25-17 win over the Lions at Ford Field, while the Steelers lost 21-14 to the Giants at home.
The matchup seems to favor the Steelers, in that they are great at stopping the run, and the Skins love to pound RB Clinton Portis, who has 944 yards and 7 TD’s. Portis will be counted on to have a big game, and that will help out QB Jason Campbell, who still has yet to throw an interception this season. Campbell has thrown for 1754 yards and 8 scores.
Last week the team got a big game from Santana Moss, who caught a big TD, and also ran back a punt for a score. His big play ability is something the Steelers must account for, or once again Moss could find his way in the end zone once or twice. Moss is one of those special players that can change the game in a second.
Pittsburgh has continued to struggle with their O-line, and last week in the 4th quarter the G-Men finally got to Big Ben and that offense, shutting them down and holding them to two yards and no first downs. The Steelers offense should get a boost, as they should get back Willie Parker, and will also have WR Santonio Holmes, who sat out last week after being pulled over with marijuana in his car.
While Parker should help, the team will likely use a lot of Mewelde Moore, who has done a great job stepping in for Parker, and has scored three TD’s in the last two games. Moore has 322 yards and three TD’s this season. The team has already said that even playing, Parker is only going be eased back into the lineup.
Ben Roethlisberger will look to Holmes, Hines Ward, and another WR that he’s starting to find deep – Nate Washington. The Steelers third WR has two TD’s on long passes the last two weeks, and that is something the 6th ranked D in the Redskins is going to have to look out for.
Overall, the Steelers D is allowing just 236 yards per game, and I think that they will be able to get to Campbell, hold Portis in check, and score enough to walk out of the Nation’s Capital with a huge win to move to 6-2 and drop the Skins to 6-3.