Steelers WR Wheaton practices, hopeful to play vs. Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers running back De Angelo Williams left a small tip and defended his actions

Bad teams are given pathways to get better, including easier schedules: Last season the Redskins won the NFC East without beating a team with a winning record. With too many weapons at the skill positions, studs along the offensive line, and a top-three quarterback, an opponent's defense can't afford to be unbalanced and still be successful.

A 31-yard catch-and-run by Jackson set the Redskins up at the Pittsburgh 38 early in the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is defending his 75-cent tip to a server at a Maryland pizzeria. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsThe running game is a problem.

Faced with a similar situation on Pittsburgh's ensuing drive, the Steelers let loose again, with Roethlisberger hitting Eli Rogers for 19 yards on fourth-and-1 at the Washington 34 with under two minutes to go in the half. The 'Skins were held to 55 yards rushing on the night, and couldn't get anything deep going down the field. Roethlisberger also passed Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for 12th on the all-time passing yards list and moved past Hall of Famer Joe Montana to tie Vinny Testaverde for 12th on the all-time passing touchdowns list. That's simply not good enough. In place of Bell, DeAngelo Williams was superb for the Steelers. If that run defense can't improve, it's going to be an extremely long season.

From Kirk Cousins' zero-TD, two-pick performance and a total of nine penalties to the admittedly misguided coaching decisions and the out-of-its-depth defense, the Washington Redskins did not look ready to open the regular season.

Their starting running back Bell will be back in the near future.

Josh Norman needs to cover opposing #1 wide receivers.

However, leading the receivers in numbers and an overall leadership aspect was Antonio Brown.

Penn State bros proudly show off disgusting Joe Paterno shirts
He finished his coaching career with 409 victories, but was sacked on the heels of Sandusky being arrested for child sexual abuse. From there it was a race to the finish and a hurdle over a diving tackler that gave Penn State a 34-24 lead some 55-yards later.

Washington coach Jay Gruden said the moment of unity and patriotism "gives you goosebumps".

The redzone offense needs to score touchdowns.

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With Wheaton sidelined and Martavis Bryant out for the year while serving a drug suspension, Rogers did not waste his chance against Washington, catching six passes for 59 yards and his first National Football League touchdown. On five trips inside the Steelers 20-yard line, the Redskins managed only one touchdown.

Pretty impressive for a Monday night. Missing low is a lot better than missing high, but Cousins was not sharp in this game.

For the Steelers, this game was absolutely huge. While he was very accurate, going 30-of-43 for 329 yards, he also struggled with interceptions.

So now the question becomes: Can they get their act together in time to host the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday and avoid an 0-2 start?

The Redskins have tried six highly-unsuccesful quarterbacks in those games. The first 3 quarters of the game easily went to the Steelers with nearly no push back from the Redskins. The offense was centered around TE Jordan Reed, and was extremely effective.

Repeatedly, the Steelers relied on players who hadn't done it before, who hadn't been asked to play the expanded roles they were asked to on Monday night or who hadn't done it with the Steelers in quite some time.

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