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Pittsburgh Steelers' offense finds groove vs. Redskins


The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't allow a rainy, wind-whipped afternoon sidetrack an offense that finally has found its rhythm.

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Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley oversaw an attack that pumped out 355 yards and kept the points coming Sunday in a 27-12 win over the Washington Redskins.

This isn't the team that desperately leaned on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to move the ball at season's start. Young running back Jonathan Dwyer had his second consecutive 100-yard game for a team that no longer breathlessly waits for Rashard Mendenhall's return.

Dwyer is here for good. He's exactly what the Steelers want out of their backfield: He runs with power and vision, he bounces off tacklers and burns up the tough yardage. On top of that, Dwyer is healthy and less expensive than Mendenhall. Haley used Dwyer on Sunday to eat up the clock and set up the pass. Pittsburgh averaged 5.2 yards per rush.

The weather had something to do with the Steelers' less-than-prolific passing numbers, but Big Ben spread the ball to nine different targets and tossed three scoring passes during his 222-yard day.

Pittsburgh's pass catchers made clutch grabs in murky weather, something rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III can't say about his Redskins wideouts. Washington's 10 drops were the most by any team in a game this season.

Pittsburgh's defense did its part, but in a campaign tinged with hints of discord between the quarterback and his new coordinator, the Steelers are playing their most balanced offensive football of the season.

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