Steelers matchup: LB Lawrence Timmons vs. Redskins QB Robert Griffin III
STEELERS LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS vs. REDSKINS QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III
Matchup: Griffin III can turn a small gain into a game-changing play in a heartbeat with his legs. He's done so already this year, most notable against the Vikings when he ran 76 yards for a touchdown 53 seconds after Minnesota cut it to a one-possession game. Timmons (above) will be made responsible for not letting that happen.
Timmons: He is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career. He has played in all but one of the defensive snaps this season and is among the team leaders in tackles (43), pressures (six), INTs (one) and forced fumbles (one). Timmons must be able to read the Redskins' option plays and not be out of position. Timmons won't spy on Griffin, but his speed will be needed to chase down the rookie quarterback from sideline to sideline.
Griffin III: Griffin already has the top four rushing games by a Redskins QB — 138, 89, 82, 74 — in his first seven games, as he has rushed for 468 yards and six scores. Griffin is able to make big plays happen, whether by himself or by RB Alfred Morris, thanks to the option. Washington has 39 runs of 10 yards or more — second most in the NFL behind San Francisco. Combined with Morris, the Redskins' rookies have more rushing yards than 30 of the other 31 teams in the league.