<
>

Can Steelers remain undefeated in short week against Washington?

Washington (4-7) at Steelers (11-0)

Monday, 5 p.m. ET | Fox

Matchup rating: 61.5 | Spread: PIT -8.5 (42)

What to watch for: Coming off an ugly win against the Ravens, the Steelers are working on a short week and facing a Washington team that had extra time to get ready for the NFL's lone undefeated team. The Steelers will likely still be without running back James Conner and center Maurkice Pouncey (reserve/COVID-19 list), meaning they'll be short-handed against a sneaky good defensive team that has proved to be solid against the pass and the run. -- Brooke Pryor

Bold prediction: The Steelers' offense has not been about hitting downfield passes this season; its receivers average an NFL-low 10.23 yards per catch. But Pittsburgh will have one 50-plus-yard touchdown on Monday against a defense that has given up an NFL-worst six catches of 50-plus yards. -- John Keim

Stat to know: Washington quarterback Alex Smith is averaging 4.91 air yards per pass attempt, the shortest among 33 qualified passers. It is the lowest mark by any passer with at least 150 attempts in a season since it was first tracked in 2006. But 58.2% of Washington's receiving yards have come after the catch, the highest rate in the NFL this season, and Terry McLaurin leads all wide receivers with 445 yards after the catch.

Injuries: Washington | Steelers

What to know for fantasy: Washington running back Antonio Gibson set or matched season highs in rushing attempts (20), catches (five) and targets (seven) during the Thanksgiving Day win over the Cowboys. But it is worth noting that Gibson is averaging 27.7 fantasy points per game against the Cowboys this season and 14 against the rest of the NFL. See Week 13 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Steelers are 8-3 ATS, tied with the Dolphins for best ATS record in the league. Read more.

Keim's pick: Steelers 24, Washington 17

Pryor's pick: Steelers 17, Washington 14

FPI prediction: PIT, 74.0% (by an average of 8.6 points)

Matchup must-reads: Gibson still developing, but making big impact for Washington ... Torn ACL confirmed for Steelers' Dupree, source says ... Bell "ringing" for Dupree's replacement, and Steelers hope he responds