Pressure is the key on "MNF"

Ron Jaworski emerges from the film room and discusses what jumped out while preparing for "Monday Night Football."

Originally Published: October 31, 2008
By Ron Jaworski |
The "Monday Night Football" matchup (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET) features the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. This game will be all about pressure for the Redskins. They have struggled to create pressure from the front four, which has made it extremely important for the secondary to play well. This week they are facing a tough gunslinger in Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has the ability to shred a defense if given time.

On the flip side, Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell is playing well, but the Steelers do a great job confusing and pressuring passers with their zone blitz schemes. To offset that, the Redskins are going to have to have a balanced pass-run ratio and make sure that Clinton Portis is highly active in this game.

Campbell is getting better every week. He's doing a great job of moving in the pocket to avoid the rush and then resetting to throw the football.

Ron Jaworski

NFL analyst / writer
Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle -- sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. From 2007-11, Jaworski occupied one of the most coveted positions in sports as a Monday Night Football analyst.