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: WatchESPN.com
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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.