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--The burgundy on burgundy look is going to take some getting used to. I like it at first glance, but it looks just like the Redskins Band uniforms.
--The Steeler black and gold is quite prevalent here tonight. I'll guess there may be as many as 30,000 Pittsburgh fans here tonight. Monday nights are always big for invading fans, I'm guessing that a lot of tix get sold on eBay and StubHub.
--Samuels and Moss both are starting, a good sign for the Skins. Samuels will help keep the heat off of Campbell so that he'll have a shot at getting the ball to Moss. I'm not going to change my prediction, but I'm considerably more confident that I'll be wrong (if that makes any sense).
--The ESPN crew went four for the Skins and four for the Steelers. That's about where I am, I think it's a tossup.
14:55—Redskins get great field position after a failed surprise onside kick attempt. I like the move by Tomlin but obviously it backfired big time.
13:18—Zorn declines to gamble on his first opportunity and calls on Suisham on fourth and one.
FG Suisham 44
Redskins 3, Steelers 0
You could almost call that a gift three points since the Skins got it without the benefit of a first down.
--The Redskins have Rogers lined up on Santonio Holmes while Smoot is on Hines Ward.
--Finally one of those tips at the line results in a turnover. Carter with the tip and Griffith with the pick.
--I like going for the end zone right after the turnover, even though it came close to ending in Campbell's first interception of the year.
FG Suisham 43
Redskins 6, Steelers 0
--Another scoring "drive" without a first down for the Redskins. I don't remember a time when the Redskins have had the first two possessions of the game, no first downs and two field goals.
8:50—The Skins get a sack from D. Evans. About seven minutes into it, my pregame analysis is falling apart. Suisham is 2 for 2 and the Redskins have two big plays resulting from pass pressure.
7:25—And then Portis pops one for 22. I could have my worst prediction ever if this keeps up.
5:22—The Steelers are giving the Skins some of a no-huddle look but the Skins are keeping up just fine. Another three and out and Pittsburgh is punting.
2:57—The Skins burn their second timeout on a third down play. It's taking Zorn too long to get the plays in and they're coming up to the line with about 10 seconds left on the play clock. That's not enough to deal with the Pittsburgh blitz packages.
1:18—A couple of good pass breakups by Horton and Smoot on second and third downs has the Steelers punting yet again. So far, so good for the Redskins defense. Big Ben is helping the Skins' cause; he is not sharp at all.
End of first quarter
Redskins 6, Steelers 0