Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins
Another pair of playoff contenders squaring off in week 1. Each team was able to keep its core in tact during this offseason and will likely be asking their first round picks to step into starting roles. Pittsburgh will be happy to have a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell back in action while Washington will ask Kirk Cousins to pick up where he left off in 2015.
Keys to the Game
The Steelers should look to turn this into a scoring contest. There might not be a team in the league that can compete with their offensive prowess and especially not Washington. Even with the addition of Josh Norman to the Redskins’ secondary, the Steelers have plenty of weapons to work away from him. A couple defensive stops and this game will be over.
Kirk Cousins is going to be the key here, plain and simple. A story that will likely dominate their 2016 season, as Cousins goes, so will Washington. Norman won’t be enough to contain an explosive Steeler offense, so Kirk will need to make use of his receiving options including rookie Josh Doctson. A big day through the air gives Washington a puncher’s chance in this matchup.