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Redskins Turn Their Attention To The Steelers


The Washington Redskins' next game will be the regular season opener on Sept. 12, against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedExField. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

The preseason is officially over for the Redskins.

The Washington Redskins hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2013 preseason home opener at FedExField on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

After the Redskins came out of Wednesday evening's preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., their next game will be the regular season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedExField.

The game will be a Monday Night Football affair in front of a nationally televised audience.

Pittsburgh has been one of the most consistent teams in the NFL over the last decade, as head coach Mike Tomlin has won 92 regular season games over the last nine seasons. The Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII in Tomlin's second season at the helm.

More recently, the Steelers have made the playoffs four times in the last six seasons.

At quarterback once again will be Ben Roethlisberger, a 13-year veteran out of the University of Miami (Ohio).

For his career, the four-time Pro Bowler has thrown for just shy of 43,000 yards along with 272 touchdowns to 147 interceptions.

The running back situation is a little more unsettled, as Le'Veon Bell has been suspended for the first three regular season games of the year.

In his place, the Steelers will likely rely on 33-year-old DeAngelo Williams. An 11-year veteran out of Memphis, Williams ran for 907 yards on 202 carries with 11 touchdowns in his first season with the Steelers in 2015.

What's more certain is that Pittsburgh will run the aerial attack through All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.

The Central Michigan product has been almost unstoppable over the last  five seasons, as he's recorded at least 1,110 receiving yards four times and has amassed 375 receptions over the last four seasons.

Defensively, Pittsburgh is looking to rebound from a season in which they allowed the third-most passing yards per game.

The Steelers selected University of Miami cornerback Artie Burns with the No. 25-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft – two selections after the Redskins' pick of Josh Doctson – and then added safety Sean Davis in the second round.

Burns is expected to make his preseason debut Thursday night after recently being sidelined with a quadriceps injury. Davis, meanwhile, has started all three preseason games so far and collected 10 total tackles.

Among the returners from a front-seven that aided in the Steelers allowing just six rushing touchdowns last season are 14-year veteran James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons, Bud Dupree and Cameron Heyward.

Defensive end Cameron Hayward has played in 80 consecutive regular season games, tied for the fifth-longest streak by a defensive end in NFL history.

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