|Written by Reggie Anderson|
Bet on the NFLThe Pittsburgh Steelers are set to inaugurate their season as NFL betting online favorites against the Washington Redskins on Monday, September 12th at the FedEx Field. Here are the odds for people who bet on NFL:
Steelers -3 (-125) OV 50 (-110)
Unlike Sir Bob Geldof, the Steelers do like Mondays. As a matter of fact, Pittsburgh is 3-1 when opening the regular season on a Monday night. Moreover, the Steelers have defeated the Redskins in their last five encounters – most recently in week 12 of the 2012 season on October 28th at the Heinz Field, with a final score of 27-12. That is not to say, however, that Washington will be easy pickings. On the contrary, this is a team on the rise; last season, they won the NFC East division title and made the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Many Redskins fans who enjoy NFL betting online are optimistic that the team will reach the postseason back-to-back for the first time since the early ‘90s.
The first step towards achieving that goal was putting the non-exclusive franchise tag on QB Kirk Cousins. The 28 year old took over under center after starter Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion and never looked back. Cousins started all 16 games of the 2015 season and went 379 of 543 for a 69.8 completion percentage and 4,166 passing yards with 29 TDs. Cousins favorite targets include wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Jamison Crowder. Jackson missed half of last season’s games (his Achilles heel has been, literally, his Achilles heel) but still managed to averaged 17.6 yards/catch. Garcon finished 2015 with 77 receptions, 847 yards, and 6 touchdowns (including the playoffs). And Crowder broke set a new franchise record for most receptions by a rookie with 59; he also recorded 604 receiving yards and 2 TDs.
A fearsome receiving corps plus a serviceable running game – that includes the likes of Matt Jones and Chris Thompson – could put the Steelers’ secondary in a jam. Pittsburgh has upgraded its defense with the signings/selections of strong safety David Bruton Jr. from the Denver Broncos, safety Su'a Cravens from USC, and cornerback Kendall Fuller from Virginia Tech, who will join former corner/current safety DeAngelo Hall. On the other hand, some NFL betting online experts believe that the key to beating Redskins lies with the Steelers’ offensive making the most of Washington’s not-quite-there-yet defense. Then again, the same could be said of Cousins and Co. as well.
Starting QB Ben Roethlisberger will once again lead Pittsburgh’s offense. Roethlisberger completed 319 of 469 passing attempts (68%) for 3938 yards and 12 TDs in 2015, but he missed 4 games due injuries. Roethlisberger will have to do without Martavis Bryant for the entire season starting next Monday against the Redskins. All things considered, this one should be a high-scoring encounter the likes of which we have not seen since the Redskins last beat the Steelers in 1991 with a final score of 41-14.