NFL Capsule: Redskins at Steelers

NFL Capsule: Redskins at Steelers


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OPENING LINE - Pittsburgh by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Redskins 4-3; Steelers 2-4

SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 42-31-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Redskins No. 13; Steelers No. 12

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Redskin 23-6, Nov. 3, 2008

LAST WEEK - Redskins lost to Giants 27-23; Steelers beat Bengals 24-17





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Washington QB Robert Griffin III and RB Alfred Morris have rushed for combined 1,126 yards, or more than 30 other teams through first seven weeks of season ... Steelers need one win to reach 400 victories since 1970, most in league since AFL-NFL merger ... Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller needs one touchdown reception to tie Elbie Nickel for the most receiving touchdowns by tight end in team history (37) ... Redskins lead NFL in yards per play (6.4) ... Steelers will wear black-and-gold striped jerseys worn during 1934 season ... Pittsburgh LB James Harrison needs one sack to tie Joey Porter for second on the team's all-time sack list with 60 ... The Steelers are 13-1 against rookie starting quarterbacks since Dick LeBeau returned as defensive coordinator in 2004 ... Redskins re-signed tight end Chris Cooley this week after he was cut in preseason ... Cooley holds franchise record for career receptions by tight end (428) ... Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger 22-7 against NFC during regular season ... Washington on pace for third-highest scoring total in franchise history (28.7 points per game) ... Steelers have won four straight games in series ... Washington hasn't won in Pittsburgh since 1991 ... Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan has played every defensive snap for team since beginning of 2011 season ... Washington hasn't beaten AFC opponent since upending Jacksonville on Dec. 26, 2010 ... Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer ran for career-high 122 yards last week against Cincinnati. Steelers haven't had running back top 100 yards in consecutive weeks since Willie Parker in 2008 ... Pittsburgh 60-19-1 at home against NFC since 1970.


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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

PITTSBURGH -- No. 1 Virginia allowed just seven points in the first half and secured the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title outright with a 66-37 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Freshman guard De'Andre Hunter came off the bench to lead the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-1 ACC) with 14 points in a game that didn't take big offensive efforts from Virginia's regulars. Of the five starters, only guard Ty Jerome exceeded his season average with 13 points.

The game was never competitive, as Virginia started on an 8-0 run and Pitt didn't make a field goal until Jared Wilson-Frame hit a 3-pointer at the midway point of the first half.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett rested most of his regulars in the second half. Reserve Nigel Johnson added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Parker Stewart led Pitt (8-22, 0-17) with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Pitt had next to no presence inside. The Panthers were outscored 28-8 in the paint and out-rebounded 36-24. Seven of Pitt's 11 made field goals were from beyond the arc.

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Sabres

3 reasons the Caps beat the Sabres

The Caps could not shake Buffalo for two periods, but a dominant finish on Saturday helped them pull away for a 5-1 win. Here's how they finally put away the Sabres.

A quick start

Strong starts go a long way towards helping a team in the middle of a slump. It's a confidence boost for a group in desperate need of one and the Caps got that boost on Saturday from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov used his wheels to zip in behind the defense and score just 50 seconds into the game. Washington led 1-0 at the end of the first, just the second time in 19 games they have held a lead after the opening 20 minutes.


Andre Burakovsky snapping a second period slump

It looked in the second period like the Caps were caught trying to protect the lead again, but Andre Burakovsky woke the team back up with his incredible highlight end-to-end goal. It really looked like Buffalo was going to tie the game at one, but instead, Burakovsky extended the lead to two. Going end to end the way he did shows a player who is starting to play with some confidence, something Burakovsky has lacked for much of the season.

Ovechkin's two-goal third period

Buffalo would not go away. Sam Reinhart got the Sabres on the board just 14 seconds into the third period and suddenly the Caps found themselves in a one-goal game again. But Ovechkin ended any hopes for the comeback as he struck in the top corner of the net on the power play from the office. He would later add a deflection goal to extend the lead to 5-1, giving a scuffling Washington team the dominant win they so sorely needed.