Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins Odds – Monday September 12 2016

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The Steelers and Redskins open their seasons on Monday night, and our NFL handicapping professional has it covered. Go inside to read this astute betting article culminated with a NFL pick.

Under the Bright Lights of Monday Night Football
The Steelers and Redskins will play the first game of an ESPN NFL doubleheader on Monday night. The opening kickoff from Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland is slated for 7:00 PM ET. This will be just the 9th game scheduled between these two franchises since 1980. The last time they played against one another was on 10/208/2012 in Pittsburgh, and the Steelers prevailed 27-12.

According to NFL point spread and totals at Youwager, Pittsburgh is a 3.0-point road favorite, and the total is 50.0. There's been 63% of point spread individual bets made on Pittsburgh thus far. When checking all of what I consider to be the best sportsbooks, the point spread has held firm with an exception of 5Dimes, and they've moved their number to 2.5 from its opener of 3.0.

Season Opener Trends
You may be surprised to know, the Pittsburgh Steelers have gone 1-4 during the previous five season opening games, and failed to cover on each of those occasions. Pittsburgh is also 0-5 SU&ATS in their previous five when play its first away game. They lost those five road debuts by a decisive average of 15.4 points per game. All of these results came under the watchful eye of current head coach Mike Tomlin. Considering Tomlin's Steelers are an impressive 98-57 (.632) overall during his 9-year tenure, those recent early season struggles can't be ignored.

Jay Gruden is set to begin his third year as head coach of the Washington Redskins. Washington has gone 0-2 SU&ATS in season openers under Gruden. Both of those contests easily went under the total, and did so by a combined 38.5 points.

Home/Away Splits
The Redskins are 9-7 at home since Jay Gruden was hired. However, they won 6 of their last 7 regular season home games a year ago. It must be noted, although Washington went a solid 6-2 at home a season ago, none of their 8 opponents finished the year with a winning record. Yet, the Redskins were underdog in 6 of those contests, and went a perfect 5-0 SU&ATS during its last 5 in that exact role. Washington is also 10-4 under the total throughout its preceding 14 home games.

Since 10/5/2014, Pittsburgh is 12-4 under the total through the course of their previous 16 road games, and that includes 6-1 under when installed as a favorite.

Beating the Number on Monday Night
Since 1980, just 18 teams opened their season as a home underdog on Monday Night Football, and they proceeded to be an extremely profitable 14-4 ATS (77.8%). Those home underdogs also managed to go 10-8 straight up. Furthermore, if those teams were an underdog of 6.5 or less, and they won 5 or more games during the previous year, it resulted in those home underdogs going a perfect 12-0 ATS. Please allow me to share one more interesting tidbit. If those teams were an underdog of 4.0 or less, the home underdog won 9 of those 10 games outright. After discussing all this data, and needless to say, one my NFL week 1 predictions will be to take the home underdog in this contest.

NFL Pick: Washington +3.0 (-115)
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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