The 2016 season got off to a rocky start for the Washington Redskins.
The defending NFC East champs could not score and could not stop the Pittsburgh Steelers from scoring — a bad combination which resulted in a 38-16 blowout loss at FedEx Field on Monday night.
Washington’s offense moved the ball early in the game with two quality drives in the first quarter, but couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone, settling for two Dustin Hopkins field goals of 31 and 40 yards.
Pittsburgh gained control of the game in the second quarter, keeping the ball for 11 minutes with two double-digit-play drives. Both drives would lead to touchdowns — a 29-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown and a three-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger to Eli Rogers.
Roethlisberger was masterful, going 27 of 37 for 300 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were to Brown, who hauled in eight receptions for 126 yards. Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled, completing 30 of 43 passes for 329 yards and two interceptions. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, one of Washington’s few offensive bright spots, caught six passes for 102 yards.
“We got out-coached and outplayed tonight,” said Washington head coach Jay Gruden. “They made the plays and we didn’t. We have to have a more balanced attack on offense and get more defensive pressure.”
Washington makes a quick return to FedEx Field on Sunday, September 18 when the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys come to town for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Cowboys were edged at home Sunday by the New York Giants, 20-19.