The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to visit the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. It’s the first game of a double-header on Monday and is set for 7:10 EST at FedEx Field. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Oddsmakers have Pittsburgh as a 3-point road favorite and the total at 50.5 points. Click here for more Week 1 betting odds and game previews.
Steelers vs Redskins Vegas Game Preview
Pittsburgh overcame injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in 2015. The Steelers weren’t able to defend their AFC North title, but got back to the playoffs as a Wild Card at 10-6. They gave the Broncos all they could handle in a 16-23 defeat at Denver in the Divisional Round. Overall a great season, but this franchise expects more and believe they can get to the Super Bowl in 2016.
The Redskins were one of the big surprises of last year. After going 3-13 in 2013 and 4-12 in 2014, Washington won the NFC East at 9-7. Unlike Pittsburgh, their season ended in a lopsided defeat in the playoffs. The Redskins were embarrassed on their home field 35-18 by the Packers. Not a lot of people are picking Washington to defend their division title, but the NFC East looks to be wide open.
Free Point Spread Pick & Betting Prediction: Steelers -3
As excited as Washington is going to be playing at home on the big stage of MNF, I don’t trust them to keep this close. The Redskins were the biggest fluke of any playoff team last year. Washington didn’t record a single win last year against a team that ended with a winning record.
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What was even more concerning is how poorly they played against the top teams. They lost to the Jets by 14, Patriots by 17, Panthers by 28 and Packers by 17. Had it not been for the easy schedule and playing in the poor NFC East, this team would not have made the playoffs.
I just see too much value here with the Steelers only laying a field goal. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pittsburgh ended up turning this into a blowout.
Pittsburgh will be without Le’Veon Bell, which is a big loss, but they are in good shape offensively. The Steelers have a top level backup in DeAngelo Williams to carry the load while Bell is out. They also have the league’s top receiver in Antonio Brown, who I think is going to remind Josh Norman of just how good he had it playing behind that dominant front 7 in Carolina.
It’s no secret that the Steelers offense is going to be one of the best in the league. That is as long as Roethlisberger as healthy. What people are overlooking is the improvements that should be coming on defense.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to be an elite defense like years past, but they are trending that way. Last year they quietly ranked 11th in scoring defense, allowing just 19.9 ppg. The key is that they have a ton of young talent, who should continue to improve.
Pittsburgh is 7-3-2 ATS over their last 12 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 game in September. Washington is just 13-28 ATS in their last 41 in September and 4-14 ATS in the last 18 on Monday Night Football.