A rare double-header of Monday Night Football action will go down in Week 13, and we’ll kick a fun evening off between an intriguing clash between the Washington Football Team and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mike Tomlin was visibly upset following his team’s lacklustre outing against a COVID-ravaged divisional rival last week in Baltimore. He thought they took their foot off of the pedal far too often, and no doubt has reminded them the importance of securing victory in these winnable games. Pittsburgh has feasted on a relatively easy and fortunate schedule this season, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t an elite team. They’ll look to go to 12-0 against a Washington squad also fighting for the post-season.
And yes, though Washington enters with a dismal 4-7 record, they still have a very legitimate shot at winning the NFC East. That said, things have certainly tightened after the Giants’ unexpected win over the Seahawks on Sunday. Washington enters having played better football of late, but whether or not they are ready to hang with one of the league’s best offenses in the Steelers, is a challenge they might not be ready for.
Regardless of on-paper mismatches, there’s a reason why we play the games. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for more insight and analysis for this important early Monday clash between Pittsburgh and Washington. Enjoy the Monday night double-header!
Washington Football Team vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds:
Washington Football Team +6.5 (-110)
@ Pittsburgh Steelers -6.5 (-110)
Over 44.5 (-110)
Under 44.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Washington Football Team vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Pick:
Perhaps one of the reasons why this spread is closer than most would have initially predicted, is that Washington does boast the best pass defense in the NFL at the moment. Of course, that’s Pittsburgh’s primary path to success – but let’s dig deeper.
Yes, Washington is a solid defensive team – especially versus opposing passing attacks. But lately, they have feasted on some woeful or uncertain quarterback play. They beat the Bengals after Joe Burrow got hurt, the Cowboys, the Lions, Giants, and then the Cowboys and Giants once again. Not exactly legitimate passing offenses.
On the other side of the ball is Alex Smith and the Washington offense. It hasn’t been all that bad of late, but again – they’ve really not been challenged yet. The Steelers represent a big step-up in class compared to what Washington’s become used to, and they’ll feel it early and often on Monday evening.
Pittsburgh is excellent against the run, so the safety net of Antonio Gibson likely will be nullified within the Washington offense. That’s going to force more Alex Smith, and force him to do more with his arm – likely not a good thing. Pittsburgh is solid in the secondary and really only needs to concern themselves with Terry McLaurin downfield. They’ll also hound Alex Smith on dropback situations, as they have a talented edge rush, and Washington aren’t proficient blockers.
Though the Steelers are battling some tough injuries and the health of Ben Roethlisberger is very much uncertain, they’re still more than a touchdown better than Washington at home. Washington matches up quite poorly against what Pittsburgh does well, and look for the Steelers to continue to find ways to win. The number as is, is a tad short – so a play on Pittsburgh to extend their unbeaten mark is likely a winning one on Monday.