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Monday Night NFL Match Up

As the first week of the NFL season comes to a close, this year’s season looks to be a great one with almost every game coming down to the wire or exciting fans from start to finish. The first week has been fantastic and still two games remain. So, here it is, to start off the first Monday night games of the year, the weekly Monday night match up preview.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington Redskins
MNFskinsvsSteelersKirk Cousins and the Redskins come out at home in the first MNF game of the year trying to prove last year’s NFC East title game was not a mistake and that the Skins are for real, and Big Ben’s Steelers want to show it’s time for the high powered offense in Pittsburgh to contend for a championship.
This game really excites me because we get to see not only Josh Norman suit up for the first time in Washington, but also play against the top receiving threat in the league in Antonio Brown. That will definitely be a great battle to watch. Also, even though Le’Veon Bell will sit this one out due to suspention, De’Angelo Williams should be able to carry the workload for the Steelers. Last year when Bell was out at the beginning of the season, Williams had no trouble producing. Again for Pittsburgh, Markus Wheaton will be out with a shoulder injury, giving time to young wide out Sammie Coates. It will be interesting to see how he takes on his new role with key WRs Martavis Bryant and now Wheaton sitting out. On to the Redskins, I expect to see a big jump in offensive production from these guys. While they only scored 12 TDs in the first six games, in the final ten they scored 32 and averaged over 27 PPG. They need to show up against the Steelers on Monday night if they want to compete. I believe the only way Washington wins this game is if Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan get pressure on Roethlisberger early and often. I’ll be looking forward to the game and hearing the comeback of Cousins screaming, “you like that!” if the Redskins can pull of the W.
Prediction- Pittsburgh 27 Washington 24

Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
The final game of the week has the LA Rams opening up not in LA but in San Fran vs. the Niners. In my opinion, the less exciting game of the two Monday night games, but still one worth staying up to watch. This is the first time since 1994 that a Rams team from LA plays a game in the National Football League. That’s a little under 8000 days.

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Here, we finally get to see what the new Chip Kelly offense will look like with another new team and another new quarterback. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the Rams first rounder in Jared Goff on Monday night, but Blaine Gabbert will be on display getting the start. It will be interesting to see how he’ll perform with Kelly’s new scheme. In Goff’s absence, Case Keemun will start for the Rams and should be able to move the ball decently well. He was able captain the offense well for a couples games in Texas and shouldn’t have a problem on Monday night vs a young and inexperienced 49er’s secondary. The run game will be interesting too with the Niners most likely showing off a plethora of backs with Carlos Hyde, Shaun Draughn, and Mile Davis. Obviously, Hyde should control most of the touches, but with his limited snaps in pre-season due to concussion protocol, expect Draughn and Davis to see the football too. For the opposing side, everyone knows what Todd Gurley can do, and it’ll be fascinating to see what the sophomore does after a great rookie season. It is possible for Case Keenum to light up the 49ers in the passing game,but I think Gurley will most likely be the focal point of the Rams O. I’m expecting Gurley to have a day. The Niners front seven needs to stop Gurley from having a breakout game if they want any shot to win, but it will be difficult. The injuries will definely hit San Francisco in this one as Quintin Dial and Glen Dorsey are recovering from knee injuries, and Arik Armstead hurting with a shoulder injury. It is also unknow who will be playing next to NaVarro Bowman. Although both hear teams will likey be competing for the bottom of the NFC West, this is a game worth watching and a good way to end your Monday night.
Prediction: Los Angeles 17 San Francisco 10

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