Because the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams can't possibly occupy a Monday Night Football slot by itself, ESPN will have a Week 1 doubleheader headlined by a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington.
Pittsburgh was one of the better teams in the league a season ago, while Washington was surprisingly good thanks to the strong play of quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Steelers hope they'll be even better this year, and should be if they can stay healthy.
Injuries have been a big issue for the Steelers in recent years. Last season, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with an injury and his backup, Michael Vick, also sustained an injury, so the Steelers were down to their third-string quarterback.
It also doesn't help when running back Le'Veon Bell isn't playing for various reasons. This year, Bell will open the season serving a three-game suspension, so he will not be active Monday against Washington. When in action, Bell is one of the most prolific running backs in the NFL. When not in action, DeAngelo Williams is the starter, and he held his own for the Steelers last year.
Williams, in his first year for the Steelers, ran for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns with a 4.5 yards per carry average in 16 games. The 33-year-old will be the starting back against Washington and the Steelers will likely be depending on him early and often in Monday's game.
Cousins was named Washington's starting quarterback just days before the regular season, but it's unlikely the team expected him to play as well as he did. Cousins completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 4,166 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 16 regular season games.
Washington still had issues, particularly in the running game and on defense. But Cousin's play was a revelation for a team that was mired in quarterback controversy ever since it traded up to draft Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft. Cousins came out of that same draft with the 102nd overall pick.
Seeing how Cousins progresses is one of the more interesting storylines on Monday, but it's also worth monitoring how the running game will look. Matt Jones seems to be the starter and Washington will put a lot of responsibility on him this season, but rookie Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson figure to get touches as well.
Roethlisberger played in only 12 games last season, yet still threw the most interceptions he's thrown in a single season (16) since 2006. He also passed for 3,938 yards and 21 touchdowns, so his play wasn't terrible by any means, but it was a relative down year for him while he was dealing with injuries.
By all accounts, Roethlisberger is healthy and strong, though, and he should be sharp in Washington.
Monday's game is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast by ESPN, with the team of Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden on commentary. A live stream will be available via WatchESPN, though it will require login credentials from a television or satellite provider. Below is all you need to watch Monday's game.
How to watch Steelers vs. Washington on Monday
Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden
Online Streaming: WatchESPN