The Steelers host the Redskins Monday night in their Week 1 matchup as they play Washington for the first time since 2012 in a game they would’ve planned for Robert Griffin III instead of Kirk Cousins. If Washington is to win Monday, they will have to beat a Steelers’ team that went 10-6 last season. The Redskins did not earn one win against teams with winning records last year.
- The Steelers are 1-4 SU and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1.
- The Redskins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the AFC.
- The Steelers are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games after a loss.
Expect the Steelers to establish the run game early against a Redskins team that in 2015 allowed the most yards per carry on first down. If Pittsburgh can do this, they should be able to exploit the Redskins with play action and long crossing routes they have become known for.
Washington’s key offseason addition Josh Norman will have his hands full with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton and based on the lack of depth the Redskins have in the secondary, it’s only a matter of time until one of the Steelers catches a deep ball.
Matt Jones will start the game at tailback behind Kirk Cousins so the prospect of the Redskins’ running game is not promising. I expect Cousins to come out firing like he did the majority of last season but could find himself in a world of trouble against a team that picked off the third-most passes in the league in 2015.
Additionally, the Steelers have the third highest Monday Night Football winning percentage at .636 while the Redskins have a .431 all-time winning percentage on Monday night.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks, including Bodog, had set the Washington Redskins as 2.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 51 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines at MyBookie).
Odds – Shark
score prediction models pick a 24-16 result in favor of the Redskins on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Washington Redskins Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Pittsburgh Steelers have seen them go 11-7 and 8-5-5 ATS so far this season, while the Washington Redskins are at 9-8 and 9-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Redskins are 10-7, while the Steelers are 6-12. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Pittsburgh injuries news.
The Power Rankings at Odds – Shark
have the No. 4-rated Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the No. 11-rated Washington Redskins in this betting contest.
The game also pits Washington’s No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 23.88 PPG, against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 9 this week at 19.89 PPG. The Redskins aerial game is averaging 256.76 yards per game, less than the Steelers secondary allows through the air, 264.06 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Pittsburgh Steelers own the league’s No. 7-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 91.2 yards per game when on the road. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 7 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In Pittsburgh’s last outing, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards in a losing cause against the Broncos, 23-16 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Kirk Cousins’s 329-yard performance through the air wasn’t enough last time out, as Green Bay earned a 35-18 win over Washington on Sunday at FedExField.
- Pittsburgh is 1-1-3 ATS in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 2-3-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games
- Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Sunday, September 18th
Washington home to Dallas, Sunday, September 18th