The Washington Redskins have won their preseason opener, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-7 behind a highly effective and efficient offensive performance. Though it will be said many times, "It's just a preseason game", at least Kyle Shanahan and the players who executed his offense looked like a competent and confident group in the game, showing a nice run to pass balance. It was at least a good start for a team who many pundits said could be one of the worst teams in the league this year, and could ill afford to have an atrocious performance in preseason game one.
Rex Grossman was the star of this game, completing 19 of 26 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in the first half to veteran wideout Santana Moss. As a team, the Redskins ran 78 plays (with only three penalties and zero turnovers), had 27 first downs, and amassed 452 yards of total offense.
London Fletcher looked like his old reliable self in the first half, and newcomer Stephen Bowen added a sack for a Redskins defense that was able to pressure the quarterback. Rookie DJ Gomes from Nebraska was the defensive star of the second half, making big plays in the back field and managing to always be around the ball.
The biggest storyline from the game, aside from the play of Rex Grossman, might actually be the kicking battle, which is basically resolved after this evening. Graham Gano was three for three on field goals, and Shayne Graham missed two first half field goals, one a 29 yard gimme. It looks like the incumbent might retain this job after just one week of preseason play.