Offense struggles again

Ben Roethlisberger continued his pre-season struggles and the Steelers lost to the Washington Redskins, 17-10, last night.

It was the Steelers' first loss of the preseason; the Redskins' first win.

The Redskins won by keeping the Steelers' first-team offense out of the end zone. The Steelers' first team hasn't scored a touchdown in 15 pre-season possessions. They scored their first points last night when Jeff Reed kicked a 24-yard field goal with 12:35 left in the half.

Reed's field goal gave the Steelers a 10-3 lead. The defense had put the Steelers on top with its third pre-season touchdown.

On the Redskins' second possession, Troy Polamalu intercepted a wild Patrick Ramsey pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. Ramsey was pressured by Clark Haggans on the play. He came free when the right tackle picked up the blitzing Larry Foote and allowed Haggans to come free.

The Redskins moved the ball rather easily and gained 224 yards against the Steelers in the first half. Jeff Hall kicked a 28-yard field goal and Chris Cooley caught a 4-yard pass from Ramsey for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in the half.

Roethlisberger finished the half with 6 completions in 15 attempts for 57 yards. He was intercepted once on an underthrown Hail Mary pass that traveled 59 yards near the end of the half.

Roethlisberger came into the game hoping to break out of a slump, but his passer rating fell to 30.0.

The Redskins scored the winning points in the third quarter when Rock Cartwright ran 10 yards around right end for a touchdown. Steelers left outside linebacker Andre Frazier was injured on the play after inside linebacker Clint Kriewaldt was upended on a block and landed on the back of Frazier's legs.

Jerome Bettis was also injured in the game. He left with a right calf strain and was replaced by Willie Parker, who carried once for 51 yards to lead all rushers. Clinton Portis gained 48 yards on 8 carries to lead the Redskins.


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