Steelers vs Washington: Who the experts are taking in Week 13

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The undefeated Steelers head into another trap game scenario as fans continue to wonder if the team will lose against a lesser foe, that doesn’t seem likely to happen this week.

After last week’s complete bore-fest of a game against the Ravens, The Steelers should have a chip on their shoulder. It was a very ugly game, especially by the offense but it left this team something to prove. They have major motivation going into this one to prove the doubters wrong again even though they are currently undefeated. The Washington Football Team (WFT) is currently second in the terrible NFC East division so they have everything to play for this week as well. It is a close division of weak talent. The least terrible team will emerge from that division one way or another. But WFT is currently playing well and have a good running attack.

Alex Smith helps keep the offense moving as he is making a decent comeback from his terrible injury which was almost a very tragic event. Pittsburgh just lost Bud Dupree for the year with a torn ACL so that could impact the game as well. Washington can run the football well and open up the passing game from there. On the opposite side of the ball, this will be a tough task for the offensive line as the opposing defensive front is stout. It gets after the passer and causes havoc in the backfield each week.

Who the experts are taking this week

The black and yellow are highly favored when looking at the majority of the predictions but many expect it to be close. The Steelers have to prepare on a short week and get ready while Washington had more time to rest and get ready.

Three picks from, Sporting News, and CBS Sports have chosen the Steelers to win with a 2/3 majority.  The biggest winning margin for a prediction was by 13 points so each expert thinks this will be a close game. That’s a fair thought as the Steelers have a short turnaround this week but they seem to be fired up. Mike Tomlin called out his team after the Baltimore game and it will be interesting to see how his team responds.

It was a sloppy game last week but the Steelers seem to have a chip on their shoulders to rebound from last week’s performance. It will probably be close at the beginning of the game until Pittsburgh pulls away in the second half. Mike Tomlin’s comment should fire up his team enough to where they blowout the lesser competition this week.

Prediction: Steelers 27, Washington 13

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When this game concludes it should be a continuation of the Steelers undefeated season. Washington is getting better as the season goes on but Pittsburgh has something to prove this week.