Steelers vs. Redskins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis for Pittsburgh

Curt PopejoyContributor IAugust 19, 2013

Aug 19, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins in the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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