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ASHBURN, Va. -- After the customary season-opening flyover, keep your eyes in the air when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Washington Redskins.Ben Roethlisberger and Kirk Cousins will go pass for pass in the Monday night matchup at FedEx Field. With questions in the running game on each side, look for Roethlisberger to air it out to All-Pro Antonio Brown and Co., Cousins to do the same to receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Jordan Reed.The Steelers are without running back LeVeon Bell, suspended the first three games for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy. The Redskins will rely on Matt Jones to be their No. 1 back for the first time, but hes coming off a separated left shoulder. Guess its a good thing Roethlisberger and Cousins have plenty of weapons to throw to.Its exciting, Cousins said Wednesday. Weve said it, I remember, since the spring, that theres only one football to go around and my job is to be a good distributor, get the ball in their hands and let them see what they can do.Pittsburghs ground game can still keep Washington honest, but the matchup to watch is Brown vs. All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman. This is the first time theyre facing each other since 2014, when Norman was in Carolina and before he became a star and signed a $75 million, five-year deal with the Redskins.Thats going to be a tall task to take on, and I respect 110 percent and looking forward to what he brings, because that matchup obviously is going to be a physical one and its going to be a fun one, Norman said. I have nothing but respect for that guy.Norman also gushed about his respect for Roethlisberger, who has thrown for 42,995 yards and 272 touchdowns in his career. Big Ben keeps on ticking, even with all the hitting.Its one of those things, youre constantly learning and evolving, trying to understand the offense, get the ball out of your hands, call a quick pass, Roethlisberger said.Cousins threw for 29 touchdowns and a franchise-record 4,166 yards last season, but comes into 2016 with something to prove, playing on the franchise tag. Pittsburgh certainly isnt underestimating Cousins.I dont know what people are looking for, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. He threw for over 4,000 yards and over 25 touchdowns. The last six games of the season his quarterback rating was over 100. He needs no endorsement from me.Heres what else to watch for on Monday night between the Steelers and Redskins:STILL RUNNING: For most teams, losing an All-Pro caliber back like Bell would be lethal. Not Pittsburgh, which will rely on seemingly ageless 33-year-old DeAngelo Williams until Bell returns. All Williams did a year ago when Bell was hurt was tie for the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns, average 4.5 yards a carry and catch a career-high 40 passes. DeAngelo does not lack confidence by any stretch of the imagination, but thats what you want, Roethlisberger said. You want a guy who is going to step up and be ready to go, try not to miss a beat. Last year, he showed what he can do, and I think well see the same thing.START RUNNING: The Redskins running game struggled in 2015 and Alfred Morris is now in Dallas. Jones and undrafted rookie Robert Kelley are tasked with running the ball, but improving the unit is a team effort that includes Cousins, the tight ends and the offensive line. Its a great challenge for us, especially against this defense, coach Jay Gruden said. They always have been pretty dang good against the run. I was in Cincinnati for three years playing against them, and you feel like beating your head against the wall calling a running play against them sometimes.MORE THAN NORMAN: Before the Redskins signed Norman, Bashaud Breeland was penciled in as their top cornerback. He might be among the best No. 2 cornerbacks around and should see a lot of Brown because Gruden hinted that Washington will keep Norman on one side and not shadow. Were going to count on him in a big way, Gruden said recently of Breeland. He understands that, he accepts that and hes going to do great.FRESH BLOOD: The Steelers have spent the last four months aggressively trying to patch up a secondary that ranked 30th against the pass. Pittsburgh used its top two draft picks on defensive backs (cornerback Artie Burns and safety Sean Davis) and even acquired 2014 first-round pick Justin Gilbert from Cleveland over the weekend. Davis could be used in nickel packages as Pittsburgh tries to figure out a way to slow down Reed.TERRIBLE TOWELS: Remembering how Steelers fans took over FedEx Field in 2008, the Redskins are giving out burgundy rally towels to counteract the famous Terrible Towels that could be prominent. The fans travel well for the Steelers, ex-Pittsburgh and current Washington defensive lineman Ziggy Hood said. I just hope we have a little bit more of our fans than we do Steelers.---AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.---AP NFL website: and Red Wings Jerseys China . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 26-year-old finished last season with Clevelands Triple-A affiliate in Columbus after signing with the Indians in August. Detroit Red Wings Store . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. 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LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. CHICAGO -- A National League division title might almost be out of reach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but they remain alive for Octobers postseason party.The Pirates (67-61) are in the thick of the NL wild-card chase after a 3-1 victory on Sunday and four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.Pittsburgh has won five of its last six, is 30-20 in its last 50 games and stands just a half game out of the second wild-card spot.Were going to leave here in a good place, but weve got to show up in Chicago, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after Sundays win at Miller Park. Well look forward to it. I dont think you could ask for much more here at the end of August. We get to play meaningful games. It should be fun.The Pirates open a three-game series on Monday against the division-leading Cubs (82-47) at Wrigley Field, the start of a seven-game homestand.But theyll be without right-hander Gerrit Cole, originally slated to start in the opener. Cole (7-9) is 0-3 since Aug. 7 and departed Milwaukee on Sunday for Los Angeles and a reported examination of an ailing right elbow.He will miss at least his next start, Pirates GM Neal Huntington told reporters on Sunday.Instead, right-hander Steven Brault (0-1, 3.60 ERA) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his third career start and third appearance this season with the Pirates.Hes going to be in the big leagues, hes going to be excited to be here, Hurdle said. Its his third start and hes got a litttle experience doing this.ddddddddddddWe just want him to pound the zone and mix his pitches. Weve seen him be able to use the fastball to both sides of the plate. Hes an intelligent guy who game plans with the catchers well.Also up from Triple-A Indianapolis is right-handed reliever A.J. Schugel. Originally an expected September call-up, Schugel has a 3.69 ERA in 49 previous appearances this season.Brault faces Cubs ace Jake Arrieta (16-2, 2.62 ERA).After a midsummer slump going 1-4 in seven starts, Arrieta is 4-0 in August and is coming off an eight-inning shutout effort over the Padres on Aug. 23.Arrietas 16 victories top the league and hes 9-2 in his career with a 1.99 ERA in 13 starts against the Pirates, including a 4-1 record at home.He had a similar run in August 2015, going 6-0 in the month and completing the regular season with an 11-0 record en route to NL Cy Young Award honors.The Cubs dropped a 1-0 decision on Sunday to the Los Angeles Dodgers to conclude a 5-4 West Coast swing but maintain a 14-game lead over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals and are 14 1/2 ahead of the Pirates. With 33 games to play, the Cubs own baseballs winningest record and their division lead is the big leagues largest.Along with the three-game series at Chicago, the Cubs and Pirates will play a four-game set Sept. 26-29 at PNC Park. ' ' '
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