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Grading the Redskins: Defense picked apart in Pittsburgh

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Grading the Redskins: Defense picked apart in Pittsburgh

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Grade vs. Steelers: D 

Comment: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers produced all the points they would need on their first three drives. In fact, the Steelers scored on four drives in a row to start the game, opening a 20-6 lead before halftime.

Roethlisberger passed for 173 of his 222 passing yards in the first half as he used an array of short and intermediate passes to pick apart the Redskins’ maligned pass defense.

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said Roethlisberger’s short drop, quick release passes – and the Redskins’ inability to get to the veteran quarterback – were the key to the Steelers’ victory. Roethlisberger was not sacked and was only hit once while attempting a pass, according to NFL stats.

“He was throwing the ball quicker than you would think,” Kerrigan said. “That was a bit of an adjustment for us. We’re used to him scrambling around a lot. That’s what we’ve seen on the film, but he was able to do more three-step drops.” 

The Redskins’ run defense didn’t fare much better against reserve tailback Jonathan Dwyer. Washington had held its previous five opponents under 100 yards, but the Steelers racked up 140 – 107 of which were accumulated by Dwyer, who started because of injuries to Rashard Mendehall and Isaac Redman.

Missed tackles hurt the Redskins. But so did the Steelers’ new offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, who kept Washington’s defenders guessing – up front and on the backend.

“They had us kind of off balance, between the runs and the passes,” veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall said afterward. “They called a great game.”

When the Redskins host the Panthers next week, they’ll be one of only five teams yielding 400 or more yards per game. They’ll also rank last in passing yards (314.3) allowed per game and passing touchdowns yielded (19).

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Will DeAngelo Hall return to the Redskins in 2017?

Will DeAngelo Hall return to the Redskins in 2017?

Is DeAngelo Hall at the end of the line?

The Redskins cornerback turned safety suffered a torn ACL against the Giants on Sunday. That will end his 2016 season.

This is the second time in three seasons that Hall has suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3.

In 2014 he suffered a torn Achilles in Philadelphia. In between, in 2015, he had a toe injury that sidelined him for five games.

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Hall was once the model of durability. From when he joined the Redskins in 2008 with seven games left in the season he played in 100 of a possible 103 games through the 2013 season. Since the start of 2014, counting to the end of the current season, he will play in 17 of a possible 48 games.

Will the Redskins bring Hall back in 2017?

It might be difficult for them to do so. One factor is money. Hall will be in the last year of his contract, a deal that will pay him a salary of $4.25 million. That’s what they are paying him this year and their return on investment is rather low. It would be hard to justify that cost for a player who has appeared in so few games since he signed the $17 million deal in 2014.

The Redskins and Hall could agree to a deal with a decreased salary, perhaps one with incentives that would let him make some or all of the money back if he stayed healthy and performed well. But you still have to wonder if he will stay on the field. He turns 33 in November and players rarely get healthier as they get past that age. The organization may want to avoid spending the whole offseason planning to have Hall fill a role only to see him go out with what at that point would be a predictable injury.

The organization should proceed carefully and respectfully as they decide Hall’s fate for 2017.

They don’t have to do anything until after the season ends. But it will not be surprising if the decision is to move on from Hall.

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Redskins 2016 schedule, Week 4 vs. Browns: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

Redskins 2016 schedule, Week 4 vs. Browns: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

The Washington Redskins return to FedEx Field on Sunday play the Cleveland Browns in Week 4 of the NFL season after beating Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants in Week 3

With Robert Griffin III injured, the Sunday game isn't the must-watch matchup everyone was hoping to tune in for. But it's s chance for the Redskins to get to 2-2, while the Browns will be looking for their first win of the 2016 schedule.

Here is how to watch Redskins vs. Browns in Week 4:

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WHEN IS THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME?

The Redskins vs. Browns game takes place in Week 4 on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME ON?

You can watch the Redskins vs. Browns game on CBS at 1:00 p.m. ET. Redskins Kickoff airs at Noon on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)

HOW CAN I WATCH THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS LIVE STREAM ONLINE?

The Redskins vs. Browns game can be streamed on NFL GamePass (subscription only).

HOW CAN I LISTEN TO THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS GAME ON THE RADIO?

You can listen to the Redskins vs. Browns in Week 4 on the Redskins Radio Network. It will also be on Sirius/XM Radio channel 227.

WHAT ARE THE BETTING ODDS FOR THE REDSKINS VS. BROWNS IN WEEK 4?

The opening line has the Redskins as 6.5-point favorites to beat the Browns, and the Over/Under is 45.5, according to Oddsshark.com

Washington Redskins 2016 Regular Season Schedule: 

Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)

Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. — CBS

Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): vs. Cincinnati Bengals,  9:30 a.m. ET in London — FOX

Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK

Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. — NBC

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. — FOX

Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. — FOX

Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN

Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

The Redskins Kickoff pregame show begins an hour before kickoff only on CSN Mid-Atlantic​