The 47th season of Monday Night Football begins with the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to the nation’s capital for a matchup against the Washington Redskins. This is just the third meeting between these two teams since the 2008 season, and the recent trend in this series has favored Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is one of the country’s great professional sports cities — with the NHL’s Stanley Cup-champion Penguins, the NFL’s Steelers and MLB’s Pirates. But there is so much to do in Pittsburgh when you’re not rooting for one of the black-and-yellow championship contenders.
Cincinnati won the AFC North for the second time in three years last season, but lost in the Wild Card Round for the fifth straight season. The Bengals will try once again to get over that hump this season, but will face a stiff test from the Steelers and Ravens, which are hoping for better health after stumbling to 5-11 in 2015.
The calendar has turned to July, which means it’s almost time for the NFL to get back to business. The regular season doesn’t start until Sept. 8, but teams will open training camp later this month, officially starting the path for what eventually will lead to Super Bowl LI in NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.