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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: Tandler’s Take—Dramatic improvement to Redskins rushing defense

Need to Know: Tandler’s Take—Dramatic improvement to Redskins rushing defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 16, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Talking Points

A better 3-2

For the third straight year, the Redskins are 3-2 after five games. As you know, they did not make the playoffs after either of the last two seasons. But they are in better shape in the standings now than they were in 2016 or 2017. Last year they were in second place in the division, a game and a half behind the 5-1 Eagles. They were worse off two years ago as they were in third place behind the 3-1 Eagles and the Cowboys, who were 4-1. 

It’s still very early, but it’s better to be in first place nearly a third of the way into the season than it is to be in second or third place and being in a position where you have to chase one or two teams. 

Take it away

The Redskins had three takeaways against the Panthers—the fumble recovery on the punt, Josh Norman’s interception, and the fumble forced by Norman and recovered by Mason Foster. They did not give the ball away. The last time they got at least three takeaways without giving the ball up was on Christmas Eve, 2016 in Chicago. Perhaps not coincidentally, that is the last game in which Norman had an interception until Sunday. 

After being either even or in the positive in takeaway ratio in four of their five games this year, the Redskins are now tied for fourth in the NFL with a plus-four turnover margin. If they can stay on the even or plus side from week to week they will have a very good chance at being successful. 

Rushing D much improved

After finishing 32nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed in 2017, the Redskins are currently sixth, giving up an average of 90.2 yards per game. The improvement has come even though they have faced premiere running backs David Johnson, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Christian McCaffrey. They have allowed no more than 104 yards on the ground in any of their five games. Last year's opponents ran for 127 yards or more 10 times. Their defense will be tested on Sunday against the Cowboys, who average 147 rushing yards per game on the ground, second in the NFL. 

Looking in the mirror

When the Redskins take a look at the Cowboys they might feel like they are watching themselves. Both teams run the ball well, although Ezekiel Elliott is more consistent than Adrian Peterson. Alex Smith has better passing stats than Dak Prescott but both teams are in the bottom third of the league in passing yards. The defenses on both teams are strong. Washington is sixth in yardage allowed per game and the Cowboys are fifth. 

And both teams have started off the season alternating wins and losses. Dallas started with a loss to the Panthers then beat the Giants, lost to the Seahawks, won over the Lions, suffered an OT loss to the Texans and then thumped the Jaguars. It will be an interesting match up on Sunday.

The agenda

Today: Off day, no media availability

Upcoming: Cowboys @ Redskins 5; Redskins @ Giants 12; Redskins @ Eagles 48

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Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.

The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.

Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.

Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.

"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming." 

For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to redskins.com/thinkpink. And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.

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