This is a game the Steelers have to have for a number of reasons.
First, this team needs to prove to itself it can win two games in a row. The Steelers haven't done that yet and need that for some peace of mind.
Second, with a game at New York against the Giants next week, a loss here would be trouble.
Third, given the team's early road struggles, the Steelers have to go 7-1 or 8-0 at home if they hope to get to 10 or 11 wins.
I think they'll take care of business.
While Washington's defense has been opportunistic, picking off 10 passes, it's not very good in the secondary.
Ben Roethlisberger and company should have a field day there.
And the Steelers, who have given up 104 points in their past 10 home games, will come up with enough defense to slow Robert Griffin III and company enough to force them into a pure passing mode late in the game.
Also not to be discounted: Washington has already changed kickers once this season, going to Kai Forbath. Forbath has made all four of his field goal attempts this season, but this is about the time of year when Heinz Field starts to get a little tricky.
For an inexperienced kicker, it can be tough.
With the Steelers getting Maurkice Pouncey and Isaac Redman back this week - though Jonathan Dwyer will get the start at running back - Pittsburgh is inching closer to full strength.
Take the Steelers, 31-17