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CB Kevin Barnes sacked QB Ben Roethlisberger when the Redskins overloaded the left side of the offensive line. ILB London Fletcher and OLB Brian Orakpo occupied blockers, and Orakpo opened a lane for Barnes by taking a wide outside rush.

Barnes whiffed on a potential sack of QB Dennis Dixon in the fourth quarter. Barnes didn’t break down his stride as he approached the elusive Dixon, and Dixon scrambled away.

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Fifth-round rookie S DeJon Gomes flashed his physical abilities during the second half. He came off the left edge and dipped under the running back’s block to sack QB Dennis Dixon in the fourth quarter. It sure helped that the Steelers‘ right tackle didn’t block anyone on the play. Gomes also tackled RB Jonathan Dwyer for a 3-yard loss by darting under a block on the edge. Gomes’ quickness was clear on those plays. Coaches want his mental acumen in the defensive backfield to complement that.

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Newly-signed DL Doug Worthington intrigued me in limited action against Pittsburgh’s reserves. Good leverage allowed him to hold the point on DeJon Gomes‘ tackle-for-loss in the fourth quarter. Just something to file away as we move forward.

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Redskins’ kickers made it easy on the coverage unit by booting all five kickoffs for touchbacks. Punt coverage was fine — only one return for 9 yards. CB Byron Westbrook almost downed one punt inside the 5-yard line, but Pittsburgh’s gunner wisely shoved Westbrook into the end zone, effectively taking him out of the play.