The Washington Redskins do not want a sea of terrible towels at their season opener on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
To combat this Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports that Washington will be passing out burgundy towels before the game.
The last time the Steelers played at FedEx field was in 2008, also on Monday night football. It was estimated that the crowd was 40 percent pro Pittsburgh. Washington had to go to a silent snap count to combat the noise in their own stadium.
Former Washington Post columnist George Solomon said in a story that he had never seen anything like that before. “In 39 years of watching the Redskins play football in this area — at RFK Stadium and since 1997 in Landover (Md.) — I’d never seen the team’s field taken over by visiting fans as it was that night,” Solomon wrote.
It is well know that the Steelers have one of the strongest fan bases in the NFL, and Pittsburgh is so close to Washington some people commute from Western Pennsylvania to work in the capitol city.
Things should be different on Monday night. Yes, that 2008 team was also coming off of a playoff berth, but this is the season opener. That game was in November.
Plus Washington fans have been more vocal about their team since Kirk Cousins started for his first full season and played well.
Expect to see a significant amount of yellow, but hopefully Washington can save the silent count for week three against the Giants in New York.