Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Monday's Redskins-Steelers 2016 regular season Week 1 matchup at FedExField.
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 1WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0-0) vs. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-0)
Monday, Sept. 12 | 7:10 p.m. ET
FedExField (82,000) | Landover, Md.
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The Washington Redskins will open their 2016 regular season in prime time on Monday, Sept. 12, as the team hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Kickoff from FedExField is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
The Week 1 contest will be the Redskins' first in defense of their 2015 NFC East title. The Redskins are seeking back-to-back division titles for the first time since securing three consecutive titles from 1982-84. A second straight division title would buck recent trends in the NFC East, a division that has not seen a team win consecutive titles since the 2001-04 seasons (Philadelphia). The secondlongest drought between consecutive division titles belongs to the AFC North, dating back only to the 2011-12 seasons (Baltimore).
Monday's game will mark the 11th time the Redskins have opened a season on Monday Night Football since the introduction of the broadcast package in 1970. A win would be the Redskins' first season-opening Monday night win since defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 35-16, in Week 1 of 1993.
SERIES HISTORY--Redskins lead all-time series, 42-32-3
--Last meeting: Oct. 12, 2012 (27-12, PIT)
TELEVISION: ESPN--Sean McDonough (play-by-play)
--Jon Gruden (color)
--Lisa Salters (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
--Larry Michael (play-by-play)
--Sonny Jurgensen (color)
--Chris Cooley (analysis)
--Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
RADIO: Westwood One Sports**
--Ian Eagle (play-by-play)
--Boomer Esiason (color)
--Ross Tucker (sidelines)
THE OPPONENTThe Pittsburgh Steelers enter the 2016 season after concluding 2015 with a 10-6 record and a second-place finish in the AFC North. This season marks the team's ninth under Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
Quarterback Ben Rothlisberger starts his 12th season with the Steelers after being selected in the first round (11th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. Rothlisberger played in 12 games last season, completing 319 passes on 469 attempts for 3,938 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Running back Le'Veon Bell will not play in the season opener because of a three-game suspension. Last season, he played in only six games and recorded 113 carries for 556 yards and three rushing touchdowns. In his first season with Pittsburgh, running back DeAngelo Williams added 200 carries for 907 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, leading the taem in all three categories.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown started all 16 games last season and tied for the league lead in receptions (136), gaining 1,834 yards and recording 10 receiving touchdowns. Markus Wheaton recorded career-highs last season in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns with 44 receptions for 749 yards and five touchdowns.
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons led the defense with 119 tackles (77 solo) and a team-high 5.0 sacks. Ryan Shazier ended his second NFL season in the league with 87 tackles (55 solo, 32 assisted), 3.5 sacks, and one interception. Safety Mike Mitchell logged 80 tackles (58 solo, 22 assisted) and led the Steelers with three interceptions.
Kicker Chris Boswell enters into his second season for the Steelers after converting 29-of-32 (90.6 percent) field goal attempts in 2015. Second-year punter Jordan Berry averaged 42.6 yards on 59 punts a season ago.
Brown handled punt return duties last season, averaging 9.6 yards per return with one touchdown on 22 punt returns last season. Markus Wheaton is listed as the team's kick returner. Last season, he gained an average of 21.0 yards on five kick returns.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Monday night's matchup between the Redskins and Steelers will be the 78th meeting between the two squads dating back to the inaugural meeting between the Boston Redskins and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Oct. 4, 1933. The series does not include the two games played by the combined "Phil-Pitt Steagles" squad in 1943.
This week, the Redskins will attempt to end a five-game losing streak against the Steelers that dates back to 1997. However, despite the recent skid, the Redskins still hold a 42-32-3 advantage in the all-time series.
Included below are the 77 previous games contested between the Redskins and Steelers:
- 10/4/1933 at Pittsburgh 21-6 W
- 10/29/1933 vs. Pittsburgh 16-14 L
- 9/16/1934 at Pittsburgh 7-0 W
- 10/14/1934 vs. Pittsburgh 39-0 W
- 10/27/1935 at Pittsburgh 6-0 L
- 12/1/1935 vs. Pittsburgh 13-3 W
- 9/13/1936 at Pittsburgh 10-0 L
- 11/29/1936 vs. Pittsburgh 30-0 W
- 10/17/1937 vs. Pittsburgh 34-20 W
- 11/14/1937 at Pittsburgh 21-13 L
- 11/6/1938 at Pittsburgh 7-0 W
- 11/27/1938 vs. Pittsburgh 15-0 W
- 10/15/1939 vs. Pittsburgh 44-14 W
- 10/22/1939 at Pittsburgh 21-14 W
- 10/6/1940 at Pittsburgh 40-10 W
- 11/3/1940 vs. Pittsburgh 37-10 W
- 10/12/1941 at Pittsburgh 24-20 W
- 11/2/1941 vs. Pittsburgh 23-3 W
- 9/20/1942 vs. Pittsburgh 28-14 W
- 10/25/1942 at Pittsburgh 14-0 W
- 10/14/1945 at Pittsburgh 14-0 W
- 12/2/1945 vs. Pittsburgh 24-0 W
- 9/29/1946 vs. Pittsburgh 14-14
- 11/3/1946 at Pittsburgh 14-7 L
- 10/5/1947 vs. Pittsburgh 27-26 W
- 11/9/1947 at Pittsburgh 21-14 L
- 9/26/1948 vs. Pittsburgh 17-14 W
- 10/10/1948 at Pittsburgh 10-7 L
- 10/3/1949 at Pittsburgh 27-14 W
- 11/6/1949 vs. Pittsburgh 27-14 W
- 10/1/1950 vs. Pittsburgh 26-7 L
- 12/3/1950 at Pittsburgh 24-7 W
- 11/18/1951 at Pittsburgh 22-7 W
- 12/16/1951 vs. Pittsburgh 20-10 L
- 10/19/1952 at Pittsburgh 28-24 W
- 11/2/1952 vs. Pittsburgh 24-23 L
- 11/29/1953 at Pittsburgh 17-9 W
- 12/13/1953 vs. Pittsburgh 14-13 L
- 10/2/1954 at Pittsburgh 37-7 L
- 11/14/1954 vs. Pittsburgh 17-14 W
- 11/27/1955 at Pittsburgh 23-14 W
- 12/11/1955 vs. Pittsburgh 28-17 W
- 9/30/1956 at Pittsburgh 30-13 L
- 12/16/1956 vs. Pittsburgh 23-0 L
- 9/29/1957 at Pittsburgh 28-7 L
- 12/15/1957 vs. Pittsburgh 10-3 W
Check out these photos of the Redskins' offense preparing for their Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park.
11/2/1958 at Pittsburgh 24-16 L * 12/7/1958 vs. Pittsburgh 14-14 * 10/4/1959 at Pittsburgh 23-17 W * 10/18/1959 vs. Pittsburgh 27-6 L * 10/23/1960 vs. Pittsburgh 27-27 * 11/27/1960 at Pittsburgh 22-10 L * 10/15/1961 at Pittsburgh 20-0 L * 12/10/1961 vs. Pittsburgh 30-14 L * 11/18/1962 at Pittsburgh 23-21 L * 12/16/1962 vs. Pittsburgh 27-24 L * 10/20/1963 at Pittsburgh 38-27 L * 11/17/1963 vs. Pittsburgh 34-28 L * 11/15/1964 at Pittsburgh 30-0 W * 12/6/1964 vs. Pittsburgh 14-7 L * 11/21/1965 at Pittsburgh 31-3 W * 12/19/1965 vs. Pittsburgh 35-14 W * 9/25/1966 at Pittsburgh 33-27 W * 10/2/1966 vs. Pittsburgh 24-10 W * 12/10/1967 at Pittsburgh 15-10 W * 10/13/1968 vs. Pittsburgh 16-13 W * 10/26/1969 at Pittsburgh 14-7 W * 11/5/1973 at Pittsburgh 21-16 L * 11/4/1979 at Pittsburgh 38-7 L * 11/24/1985 at Pittsburgh 30-23 W * 9/11/1988 vs. Pittsburgh 30-29 W * 11/17/1991 at Pittsburgh 41-14 W * 9/7/1997 at Pittsburgh 14-13 L * 12/16/2000 at Pittsburgh 24-3 L * 11/28/2004 at Pittsburgh 16-7 L * 11/3/2008 vs. Pittsburgh 23-6 L * 10/28/2012 at Pittsburgh 27-12 L
NOTABLE REDSKINS/STEELERS CONNECTIONS
Pro Scout Richard Mann II is the son of Steelers Wide Receivers Coach Richard Mann.
Former Steelers on Redskins:
- LB Terence Garvin (2013-15)
- DE Ziggy Hood (2009-13)
Check out these photos of the Redskins' defense and special teams preparing for their Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park.
Former Redskins on Steelers:
- Special Teams Coordinator Danny Smith (2004-12)
- Wide Receivers Coach Richard Mann (2001)
Redskins from Pennsylvania:
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky (Dallas)
Steelers from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Head Coach Mike Tomlin (Hampton, Va.)
- S Sean Davis (Washington D.C.)
- WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Silver Spring, Md.)
- LB Arthur Moats (Portsmouth, Va.)
- S Shamarko Thomas (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Redskins who went to college in Pennsylvania:
- DE Chris Baker (Penn State, prior to finishing at Hampton)
Steelers who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Head Coach Mike Tomlin (William & Mary)
- S Jordan Dangerfield (Towson)
- S Sean Davis (Maryland)
- WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland)
- LB Arthur Moats (James Madison)
Notable Pro Connections: (Extensive connections with former Redskins coaches excluded)
- President Bruce Allen (2004-05), Head Coach Jay Gruden (2002-05), Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry (2001-05) and Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (2005) worked with Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Allen (2004-08), Jay Gruden (2002-08), Barry (2002-06,09), McVay (2008) and Hilliard (2005-09) also worked with Steelers Wide Receivers Coach Richard Mann in Tampa Bay. Allen (2004-05), Gruden (2003-05), Barry (2003-05) and Hilliard (2005) also worked with Steelers Conditioning Coordinator Garrett Geimont in Tampa Bay.
- Allen (1996-02), Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (1998-02) and Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan (1998-02) worked with Steelers Conditioning Coordinator Garrett Geimont for the Oakland Raiders.
- Allen (2006-07), Gruden (2006-07), Barry (2006) and Hilliard (2006-07) worked with Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Allen served as the General Manager, Gruden served as the Offensive Assistant, Barry served as the Linebackers Coach and Hilliard played wide receiver.
- Gruden worked with Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011-12. Gruden worked with Steelers LB James Harrison for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013.
- Assistant Special Teams Coach Bradford Banta worked with Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley for the New York Jets in 2000.
- Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Clark worked with Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010-11.
- Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell coached Steelers Defensive Backs Coach Carnell Lake for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1999-2000.
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard played with Steelers Player Engagement Coordinator Terry Cousin for the New York Giants in 2004. Hilliard played wide receiver while Cousin played cornerback.
- LB Mason Foster worked with Steelers Player Engagement Coordinator Terry Cousin for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-13.
- Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Clark, and WR Colt McCoy worked with Steelers Player Engagement Coordinator Terry Cousin for the Chicago Bears in 2014. Cavanaugh served in the same position, Clark served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and Cousin served as the Director of Player Engagement.
- G Shawn Lauvao and QB Colt McCoy played with Steelers LB L.J. Fort for the Cleveland Browns in 2012.
- Defensive Quality Control Chad Grimm worked with Steelers CB William Gay for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012.
- DE Chris Baker (2009), S David Bruton Jr. (2009-10, 2015), TE Vernon Davis (2015) and C Trent Williams (2008) played with Steelers T Ryan Harris for the Denver Broncos.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky, DE Ricky Jean Francois and CB Greg Toler played with Steelers WR Darrius HeywardBey for the Indianapolis Colts in 2013. Manusky served as the Defensive Coordinator.
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry (2014), Defensive Quality Control Chad Grimm (2014) and DE Kendall Reyes (2014-15) worked with Steelers TE David Johnson and DE Ricardo Mathews for the San Diego Chargers.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky (2012-13), DE Ricky Jean Francois (2013), CB Greg Toler (2013) and T Ty Nsekhe (2012) played with Steelers DE Ricardo Mathews for the Indianapolis Colts in 2013.
- CB Josh Norman played with Steelers S Mike Mitchell for the Carolina Panthers in 2013.
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard worked with Steelers LB Arthur Moats for the Buffalo Bills in 2013.
- General Manager Scot McCloughan (2008-09), Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky (2008-09), TE Vernon Davis (2008- 09) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (2009) worked with Steelers C/G Cody Wallace for the San Francisco 49ers.
- Assistant Special Teams Coach Bradford Banta worked with Steelers C/G Cody Wallace for the Detroit Lions in 2010.
- LB Mason Foster played with Steelers C/G Cody Wallace for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.
- CB Josh Norman played with Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams for the Carolina Panthers from 2012-14.
Notable College Connections:
- Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Clark worked with Steelers Quarterbacks Coach Randy Fichtner for USC in 1988. Clark served as Strength and Conditioning Coach while Fichtner served as Graduate Assistant.
- Inside Linebackers Coach Kirk Olivadotti worked with Steelers Quarterbacks Coach Randy Fichtner for Purdue from 1994-96. Olivadotti played wide receiver while Fichtner served as Wide Receivers Coach and Recruiting Director.
- WR Jamison Crowder worked with Steelers Offensive Assistant Shaun Sarrett for Duke in 2011. Sarrett served as Offensive Quality Control/Offensive Line Assistant. Crowder also played with Steelers CB Ross Cockrell for Duke from 2011-13.
- LB Trent Murphy played with Steelers G David DeCastro for Stanford from 2010-11.
- TE Jordan Reed played with Steelers T Marcus Gilbert at Florida from 2009-10.
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry (2010-11) and Su'a Cravens (2013) worked with Steelers TE Xavier Grimble at USC.
- Offensive Quality Control Shane Waldron and S David Bruton Jr. worked with Steelers T Ryan Harris at Notre Dame from 2005-06. Waldron served as Graduate Assistant.
- Inside Linebackers Coach Kirk Olivadotti (2011-12) worked with Steelers LB Jarvis Jones at Georgia.
- P Tress Way (2008-12) and T Trent Williams (2008-09) played with Steelers QB Landry Jones at Oklahoma.
- TE Jordan Reed played with Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey for Florida in 2009.
- Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Aubrey Pleasant worked with Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint at Michigan from 2011-12.
- WR Josh Doctson played with Steelers CB Kevin White for TCU from 2012-14.
- RB Chris Thompson and K Dustin Hopkins played with Steelers LB Vince Williams for Florida State from 2009-12.