Steelers vs. Redskins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis for Pittsburgh
In the final analysis, the Washington Redskins were the more physical football team in this match-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers offensive line from starters to the backups had no answer for the pressure the Redskins brought.
The Redskins found multiple ways to find the end zone including returning an interception in the first half. On the flip side the Steelers struggled to find any sort of consistency with their offensive attack, due in large part to the poor play of the line.
Both teams had some injuries of significance and going into the third week of preseason, both will need to be careful to assess them. The Steelers lost running back Le'Veon Bell quickly into his debut and the Redskins lost quarterback Kirk Cousins to an apparent foot injury.
The Steelers will enter the most important week of preseason with far more questions than answers. As much as the offensive line struggled to protect, it also compounds the challenge of evaluating the other young players on the roster.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the struggles the Steelers defense had in asserting any pressure on the Redskins quarterbacks. This has been a problem for the previous two seasons and going into this one still does not appear to be resolved.
Overall, the Redskins should be very pleased with how they played. They were smart and aggressive; playing efficient football on both sides of the ball. The same cannot be said for Steelers who have plenty to do in this short week.
Redskins 24, Steelers 13
Joe Long might as well have been standing on the sidelines for that play.
Redskins running back Roy Helu breaks into the open field for a touchdown. Redskins 24, Steelers 13
The Steelers need to hurry up and release Ross Ventrone. Too confusing having him on the field.
Shamarko Thomas quietly just keeps bringing the wood from the secondary.
Have to believe the Steelers are going to be scouring the scraps on the free agent market to try and bolster depth on the offensive line. Players like Guy Whimper have to go.
Wow, that RGIII montage that ESPN just ran of him getting blasted. Hard to watch.
Not sure the status of Kirk Cousins injury, but if it's at all significant, the Redskins will feel additional pressure to put RGIII into the starting lineup week one. Unless you believe Rex Grossman is the short-term answer.
The Steelers let a lot of depth on the offensive line go via free agency this year. If there's a move that could come back and bite them, that will be it.
Redskins 17, Steelers 13 early 4th quarter.
Big hit by rookie safety Shamarko Thomas and forces the turnover.
The steelers have drafted Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and Markus Wheaton since 2006.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) August 20, 2013
That throw and catch to Markus Wheaton was nice, but Jones leads him another half step and he pulls away to the end zone.
16 years—never missed a game. London Fletcher, ladies and gentlemen.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 20, 2013
Evaluation for the Steelers in this game is going to be tough. Obviously grading out the offensive line shouldn't be hard to do, but because they've played poorly, grading the young backs and receivers much more challenging.
Props to backup tight end Michael Palmer for working hard and moving two Redskins on that nice run.
And now we get to see our first look at Steelers rookie Landry Jones tonight.
Great to see Brandon Jenkins out there for the Redskins. Straight bull rush on Kelvin Beachum and walked him into the quarterback.
Jarvis Jones getting more significant reps this game. Obvious the Steelers want to know exactly what they can do with him.
14-6 Redskins after another field goal— Steelers 101 (@Steelers_101) August 20, 2013
FB Will Johnson is questionable to return with a rib injury after that hit over the middle by S DeJon Gomes.— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) August 20, 2013
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