NFL Picks: Steelers vs. Redskins Week 2 Preseason Preview

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 2:18 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 2:18 PM GMT

The Washington Redskins will likely play its entire exhibition schedule without Robert Griffin III, as they prepare to face off with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Let’s take a closer look at the NFL betting odds for this week’s Monday Night Football matchup at FedExField, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

Sloppy start

Pittsburgh suffered a 18-13 setback to the New York Giants as 2.5-point home favorites in its preseason opener last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 36.

The Steelers were out-gained by 57 yards in that affair, with starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connecting on 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards in limited action. 

Picking up a win 

Washington came away with an exciting 22-21 victory over the Tennessee Titans as three-point road underdogs last Thursday, while going OVER the betting total of 35.5. 

The Redskins out-gained the Titans by 90 yards in that affair, with second-string signal-caller Kirk Cousins completing 6 of 7 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Point of emphasis 

NFL handicappers were definitely surprised by the Steelers finishing with a 8-8 record a season ago, but information of a fractured locker room started leaking out from players during the offseason.   

Numerous players were moved out of the Steel City and returning veterans have noticed a dramatic difference on the practice field for one of the league’s proudest franchises. 

Sitting things out

Robert Griffin III will likely sit out the entire exhibition schedule, as the Redskins quarterback continues to regain strength in his surgically repaired knee, which has caused head coach Mike Shanahan to take cautious approach in this situation.

Washington possesses one of the better running games in all of football—something that the coaching staff will likely feature against Pittsburgh in this affair, especially with the return of Roy Helu Jr. adding depth at the running back position.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Redskins with their NFL picks in this spot, as they’ve won their last four preseason home games. 

NFL Pick:  Washington Redskins -1

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