September 07, 2016

PITTSBURGH (11-7) at WASHINGTON (9-8)

Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT, ESPN

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 3

SERIES RECORD - Redskins lead 42-32-3

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Redskins 27-12, Oct. 28, 2012

AP PRO 32 RANKING - Steelers No. 7, Redskins No. 11

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (16), PASS (3)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (5), PASS (30)

REDSKINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (20), PASS (11)

REDSKINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (26) PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Redskins CB Josh Norman, both All-Pros, face each other for first time since 2014 when Norman was with Carolina. ... Steelers are 10-2 on Monday night under coach Mike Tomlin. ... Pittsburgh RB Le'Veon Bell serving first of three-game suspension for violating NFL's substance abuse policy. ... Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is coming off fourth 1,000-yard rushing season of career. .. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs 5 passing yards for 43,000 in career. ... Pittsburgh LB James Harrison needs three sacks to pass Jason Gildon (77) for most in franchise history. ... With Ladarius Green (ankle) out six weeks, second-year pro Jesse James starts at TE for Steelers. ... Steelers DE Cameron Heyward has at least seven sacks in three consecutive seasons. ... NT Javon Hargrave could be third rookie to start on Steelers' defense in 15 years. ... Redskins put up 400-plus yards in final three regular-season games last year and fourth in row would be franchise record. ... Washington QB Kirk Cousins has thrown 232 regular-season passes at home without interception. ... Washington S DeAngelo Hall leads active players with 43 interceptions. ... Washington TE Jordan Reed needs 84 receiving yards for 2,000 in career. ... Redskins trying to become first back-to-back NFC East champions since Eagles (2001-04) and win consecutive division titles for first time since 1982-84. ... Washington hasn't won season opener on Monday night since 1993. ... Cousins will face Pittsburgh for first time. ... Ziggy Hood, 2009 Steelers first-round pick, will start at DE for Redskins. ... Shawn Lauvao will start at LG for Washington after beating Spencer Long in preseason competition. ... Fantasy Tip: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson had standout training camp and preseason, is beginning contract year and facing re-made Steelers secondary.

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