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How many tickets for Monday night are going to Steelers fans?

How many tickets for Monday night are going to Steelers fans?

When the Steelers last visited Washington on a Monday night in 2008 their fans took over FedEx Field.

Estimates vary but anywhere from 15 to 40 percent of the crowd that night were clad in black and gold and waving their Terrible Towels. No matter how many were there they were loud, to the point where the home team had to go to a silent snap count because they couldn’t hear the signals.

The Steelers took advantage and left with a 23-6 win.

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Are we in for another Steelers fan invasion for the season opener on Monday?

We just might be.

According to data from Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket marketer, about eight percent of the tickets to Monday night’s game that were resold went to addresses in the state of Pennsylvania.

While a few Redskins fans from the Keystone State might be coming to see their team in the opener it’s a pretty safe bet that the vast majority of those tickets are going to Steelers fans.

We don't know how many fans that is because we don't know how many tickets are being resold. The seating capacity at FedEx is now around 79,000 so even if every ticket was being resold--and they aren't--6,300 Steelers fans in there on Monday night. That would be fairly easy to deal with; they could make some noise but not disrupt snap counts. But that’s only the beginning.

Per Vivid Seats 25 percent of the ticket resales went to Maryland addresses. The DC suburbs are Redskins country but the further west you go in the state the more things start to take on a black and gold hue. Anyone who went to Redskins training camp in Frostburg, which is geographically closer to Pittsburgh than it is to Washington, knows that area is Steelers country.

About 40 percent of the resales are going to Virginia. That’s probably good news for keeping down the percentage of hostile fans on Monday night but not completely. There are Steelers fans everywhere and no doubt some of the resold tickets going to the Commonwealth were delivered to houses sporting Steelers patio flags.

We can find one more clue that tells us we can expect a strong Steelers contingent. Per Vivid Seats the median price for resold tickets to Redskins-Steelers is $217. That is the third highest median price among the Redskins’ eight home games. That can be an indication that the ticket demand from fans of the visiting team are driving the price up. 

The two home games that have a higher median are the games against the Cowboys ($285) and Packers ($238). Anyone who has been to a Cowboys-Redskins game in Washington knows that there are always a lot of Dallas fans there. And like the Steelers, the Packers have a national fan base that will show up when they are on the road. It seems safe to make a connection between a high median price and large numbers of fans of the visiting team. 

One other thing--historically, the Steelers are the fifth-biggest road draw in the league. You would think that when they are playing about 250 miles away from Pittsburgh they will draw well. 

Looking at the numbers here I will not be surprised if somewhere from a fourth (about 20,000) to a third (around 26,000) of the fans in attendance are pulling for the visiting team. It may be more, it may be a little less but, regardless, there’s nothing the Redskins can do about it except play well and take the (visiting) fans out of the game.

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

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What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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