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Redskins vs. Steelers Preview, predictions, storylines, betting odds

Redskins vs. Steelers Preview, predictions, storylines, betting odds

The Washington Redskins open the 2016 NFL regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game between two playoff teams from a year ago looking to take another step in the right direction.

Predicting Week 1 winners is often difficult because the preseason yeilds very little in the way of tangible results and measurables.

Here are some of the biggest storylines and predictions from CSN Redskins insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler on the season-opener.

Redskins vs. Steelers Week 1 Preview:

When: Monday, Sept. 12 at 7:10 p.m.

Where: FedEx Field. Landover, Md.

How to Watch: Redskins Kickoff airs at 6:00 p.m. on CSN Mid-Atlantic. The game is set to begin 7:10 p.m. on ESPN. 

Live Stream:

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Redskins vs. Steelers Week 1 Storylines:

- Five Things to Know: Can a thin defensive line get to Big Ben? That may be the biggest key to the game.

- Traveling fans: Pittsburgh fans may be the best in the country. Just how many will be inside FedEx Field on Monday night?

- Will Josh Docton suit up? The first-round pick is expected to suit up for Monday night, but what exactly does that mean?

- Defense, Defense, Defense: Antonio Brown is the NFL's premier wide reciever. Even with the addition of Josh Norman and the fact that Le'Veon Bell won't be playing, can the Redskins defense hold up?

- Five Offensive Stats to Know: Jordan Reed is about to face the brightest of lights. Will his numbers continue? Also, Don't sleep on Jamison Crowder.


Redskins vs. Steelers Week 1 Betting Lines, via Oddshark:

- Line: Steelers -3

- Over/Under: 49 (Opened at 51)

- Against the Spread: The Steelers went 8-5-5 ATS last season while the Redskins went 9-8 ATS. In total betting, the Redskins finished 10-7 and the Steelers finished 6-12.


Redskins vs. Steelers Week 1 Predictions:

Rich Tandler: I’ve been trying to come up with a prediction for this game ever since the schedule came out. The Steelers are the better team and that may not be offset by much of a home field advantage (I was there in 2008). But the Steelers’ injuries and other absences are something of an equalizer. I think this is a winnable game for the Redskins and if I had any confidence in their ability to run the ball I might pick the upset. But I don’t so . . .Steelers 24, Redskins 21.

JP Finlay: While some redskins fans fear a replay of the 2008 Monday night game against the Steelers - where Pittsburgh fans took over the stands and Pittsburgh players took over the field - the 2016 version should be much different. Steelers fans will be in stands, but this Washington team is trending up after a strong 2015 season. Kirk Cousins and the offense should score, lots, and an improved defense will give the Skins a chance at their first win of the season and a statement victory. Redskins 33, Steelers 30.

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Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

Adrian Peterson continues surprising run in Redskins' win over Cowboys

LANDOVER, Md. -- With 22 starters comprising offensive and defensive players, plus another faction handling special teams, football is the ultimate team sport.

Now imagine where the 2018 Washington Redskins find themselves if the front office never brings in Adrian Peterson for that mid-preseason workout. Even Jamie Lee Curtis finds that frightening.

Peterson’s return to football glory continued with 99 rushing yards on 24 carries in Washington’s 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday evening.

“I won’t say we wouldn’t be as good in the run game, but, yeah,” left tackle Trent Williams said of his former University of Oklahoma teammate.

“Obviously having [Adrian], I won’t say it’s everything, but it’s almost everything,” Williams continued. His eyes widened as the Pro Bowl lineman pondered the potential downside of this offense without the future Hall of Famer. That’s a dark timeline.

Peterson’s Redskins career now spans six regular-season games. Sunday’s display of power in tight spaces and speed when daylight exists wasn’t a one-off. In those six games, Peterson rushed for at least 96 yards four times including the last two games despite playing with a painful shoulder.

“I’m feeling good, man, we just got a W,” the smiling running back said from behind the podium inside the media room at his newish home stadium. “That makes everything feel a lot better. I feel better than I did last week, I’ll say that.”

Washington felt concerned enough about its running attack following the second preseason game to scour the free agent market. Peterson arriving at Redskins Park in August generated the expected “Whoa” from the casual NFL fans, who picture the player hammering silly defenders daring to tackle him. That player no longer existed. At least that’s what many assumed.

Peterson last topped 1,000 yards or 4.0 yards per rush in 2015. Injuries and inefficiency headlined his 2017 stops in New Orleans and Arizona. Running backs capable of carrying an offense aren’t just lying around for the taking like a rogue penny on a sidewalk. Yet, there was Peterson, waiting for a team to show interest. After losing Derrius Guice with a season-ending knee injury and recognizing the in-house options were not enough, the Redskins called.

 “We didn’t have many expectations,” Jay Gruden said after the Redskins improved to 4-2 and took a 1 ½ game lead in the NFC East. “We weren’t expecting him to be on our football team until we had a couple of injuries. Then we got him. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know he looked great in that workout.”

That workout led to a signing and almost simultaneously, the starting gig. Now it’s hard contemplating anyone else in those early down and short yardage scenarios. Peterson had runs of 23 and 20 yards against the Cowboys. The latter help set up one of two Dustin Hopkins field goals. His overall production helped move the chains in yet another game where the Alex Smith-led passing game lacked oomph.

This random road to Redskins Park is why Peterson’s renaissance feels shocking to many with one significant exception.

“No, not at all. I think everyone else around is surprised. I’m not,” Peterson said. “I expect greatness from myself. That’s why I put the work in. God has blessed with me this talent. A lot of people see, and a lot of people don’t. … Just keep confidence in myself. When I’m presented with my opportunity, I’m going to take advantage of it every Sunday.”

Peterson is taking advantage of this opportunity with the Redskins because necessity is the mother of invention. It turns out Washington’s running attack needed a reboot more than the running back required a makeover.

“There are not many guys like [Adrian] walking around the street,” Williams said, “and luckily, we found a diamond in the rough.”

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Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman rocks Bobby Boucher jersey following Redskins' win over Cowboys

Josh Norman just took the jersey game to a whole new level.

Prior to the Redskins' gutsy 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Norman showed up to FedEx Field repping a Bobby Boucher Bourbon Bowl jersey from the iconic Adam Sandler movie "The Waterboy." 

He also repped the jersey following the win in the locker room with the media.

Many believed it was a shot at Giants' Odell Beckham Jr., who made comments this week about disliking water. But according to Norman, he just really likes the South Central Louisiana Mud Dogs.

Norman is known for repping a soccer jersey or two following a game, but he has everyone else beat this week.