The Steelers and Redskins have some tough acts to follow. On the front end of a Week 1 Monday night doubleheader, the season opener for Pittsburgh and Washington comes after a slate of games in which only three were decided by more than one score.

Pittsburgh enters Monday night's game in Washington with high expectations despite issues with injuries and suspensions. Sporting News' Super Bowl pick for this season, the Steelers still can make fantasy owners happy with a big night offensively, assuming that means high-scoring games for both Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger.

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Washington enters the season coming off an improbable division title in 2015 and, maybe, with a franchise quarterback in place. This is Kirk Cousins' first chance in 2016 to prove his worth and convince the team to sign him to a long-term deal.

Sporting News writers David Steele and Vinnie Iyer have submitted their picks for Monday night's game. Here are their predictions.

STEELE — Steelers, 24-21: Washington has high expectations, and opening against a Steelers team missing Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant on offense will help. If Ben Roethlisberger is sharp and gets protection, though, it may not matter.

IYER — Steelers, 31-24: Antonio Brown will be a fun first draw for Jo

sh Norman in his new digs, but their back and forth will be only one part of the teams’ passing explosion. At the moment, Ben Roethlisberger has a few more healthy options in the quiver than Kirk Cousins, and even without Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh will be the more effective rushing team. The streaky Cousins doesn’t have good success against playoff-caliber opponents, while Big Ben will be undaunted by a tough road test.

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Steelers-Redskins game info

Kickoff time: 7:10 p.m. ET

Network: ESPN