Last Updated on December 7, 2020
- The Pittsburgh Steelers are -7 against the Washington Football Team on Monday night. The total is set to 43.5 points.
- The Steelers are the last undefeated team in the NFL this year (11-0).
- Washington is on a two-game winning streak.
- Pittsburgh ranks first in scoring, passing, and total defense.
Following their win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, fans took to social media to proclaim the Pittsburgh Steelers as the worst 11-0 team in NFL history. That’s not the insult that fans think it is. Love them or hate them, the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken care of business week in and week out. Now, it’s up to the Washington Football Team (4-7) to try and hand Pittsburgh its first loss of the year in Week 13.
While the Steelers are eyeing a Super Bowl run, Washington is still in the thick of the playoff hunt. They are in a tie with the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East and an upset over the Steelers on Monday could put them in the driver’s seat in the division.
Steelers-Washington MNF Week 13 Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a healthy seven-point favorite against the Washington Football team this weekend. Pittsburgh is -295 on the moneyline compared to Washington’s +265 line. The total is set to 43.5 points.
The Steelers are among the best teams in the league against the spread this year. They are 8-3 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Meanwhile, Washington is 5-5-1 against the spread. Both teams are 5-5-1 on over-unders so far in 2020.
Who is the public betting on?
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BETTING SPLITS
|Teams||Point Spread||% Handle||% Bets||Total Points||% Handle||% Bets||Moneyline||% Handle||% Bets|
|WAS Football Team||+6.5||17%||22%||Over 44.0||65%||68%%||+230||11%||11%|
|PIT Steelers||-6.5||83%||78%||Under 44.0||35%||32%||-286||89%||89%|
|BUF Bills||-1||75%||76%||Over 47.0||75%||72%||-107||79%||76%|
|SF 49ers||+1||25%||24%||Under 47.0||25%||28%||-107||21%||24%|
Washington vs. Pittsburgh Player Props
|Quarterback||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TDs|
|Alex Smith (WSH)||19.5 (Ov -118 / Un -106)||218.5 (Ov -111 / Un -111)||1.5 (Ov +165 / Un -210)|
|Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)||26.5 (Ov -133 / Un +210)||282.5 (Ov -111 / Un -111)||1.5 (Ov -184 / Un +142)|
|Running Backs||Rush Attempts||Rush Yards||Receiving and Rush Yards|
|JD McKissic (WSH)||N/A||15.5 (Ov -112 / Un -112)||N/A|
|Antonio Gibson (WSH)||N/A||45.5 (Ov -112 / Un -112)||N/A|
|Wide Receivers + Tight Ends||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Antonio Gibson (WSH)||2.5 (Ov -118 / Un -106)||16.5 (Ov -112 / Un -112)||10.5 (Ov -111 / Un -111)|
|JD McKissic (WSH)||3.5 (Ov +122 / Un -152)||22.5 (Ov -124 / Un +100)||11.5 (Ov -125 / Un +100)|
|Logan Thomas (WSH)||2.5 (Ov -152 / Un +122)||28.5 (Ov +108 / Un -134)||N/A|
|Diontae Johnson (PIT)||6.5 (Ov +110 / Un -137)||64.5 (Ov -112 / Un -112)||20.5 (Ov -125 / Un +100)|
|Eric Ebron (PIT)||3.5 (Ov -143 / Un +115)||39.5 (Ov -112 / Un -112)||N/A|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)||5.5 (Ov -152 / Un +122)||58.5 (Ov -112 / Un -112)||19.5 (Ov -125 / Un +100)|
|James Washington (PIT)||1.5 (Ov +130 / Un -161)||13.5 (Ov -112 / Un -112)||N/A|
|Chase Claypool (PIT)||4.5 (Ov -152 / Un +122)||54.5 (Ov -112 / Un -112)||20.5 (Ov -111 / Un -111)|
The Steelers are the better team, but there are a ton of factors that could make this game a little closer than people would expect. For one, the Steelers are playing this game on a remarkably quick turnaround. They played the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. Washington last played on Thanksgiving, giving them much more time to recover and prepare for this game.
Is this a potential trap game for the undefeated Steelers or will they continue their trek towards an undefeated season?
Steelers Game Notes
Although the Steelers have the AFC North well in hand at this point in the season, they still have an incentive to stay undefeated. The Kansas City Chiefs are breathing down their neck in the race for the one bye in the AFC. That’s reason to believe they won’t fall victim to the dreaded “trap game.”
Pittsburgh will be without starting running back James Conner after he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but Benny Snell is a capable backup. And even though Pittsburgh is historically known for its ground game, this year has been all about Ben Roethlisberger and his weapons on the outside.
Wide receiver Chase Claypool is firmly in the hunt for Offensive Rookie of the Year and he has a touchdown in his last four games at Heinz field. Plus, he’s just one of the dangerous wideouts Big Ben has at his disposal. JuJu Smith-Schuster is still a big-time player and Diontae Johnson is emerging as a dynamic deep threat. Even tight end Eric Ebron is having a great year.
The Pittsburgh defense leads the NFL in scoring defense (17.1) and passing defense (193.2). They also rank third in total defense (298.9). It’s tough to see Washington putting up a ton of points against this elite unit. Of course, Pittsburgh’s dominant pass rush is taking a hit after Bud Dupree’s season-ending injury, but T.J. Watt should be able to hold down the fort in his absence.
Washington Game Notes
Washington’s wild quarterback situation seems to have leveled out over the last few weeks. Head coach Ron Rivera is sticking with veteran Alex Smith over his two young passers — Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen.
Smith has Washington on a two-game winning streak after wins over the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals. Obviously, the Steelers are a much better team than the Bengals or Cowboys, but we shouldn’t completely dismiss the momentum that Washington has right now.
Expect Washington to lean heavily on Antonio Gibson on offense. He ran roughshod over Dallas on Thanksgiving, going for 115 yards and three touchdowns. The running game could be an area that Rivera and his coaching staff look to exploit. Pittsburgh ranks seventh in the NFL in rush defense. Sure, that’s a great place to be, but it’s the weakest part of their defense.
How To Watch Steelers-Washington
- Date: Monday, Dec. 7
- Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
- TV: FOX
Betting Picks and Prediction
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had little luck with their schedule this year due to other teams shirking COVID-19 protocols. They are up against the short week while Washington will be fully rested. Still, the Steelers have far too much talent for Washington to contend with. Take Pittsburgh laying the points.
Final Score Prediction: Steelers win 27-10
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