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2020-09-14
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New York Giants vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction & Preview

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Giants 5.5

Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7:15pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 campaign when they take on the New York Giants in their regular season opener on Monday Night Football.

 

Steelers Hoping To Challenge Ravens in AFC North

The Steelers were one of the favorites to win the AFC North last season, but a season-ending injury to Ben Roethlisberger in the second game of the season derailed their plans. Despite not having their starting quarterback for most of the season, the Steelers finished with an 8-8 record and barely missed out on the playoffs.

 

This season, they are hoping to dethrone the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North and make a deep playoff run.

Offensively, the Steelers weren’t very good without Roethlisberger, averaging 18.1 points per game for the season. Running back James Conner finished with 464 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also dealt with injuries and finished with 552 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games.

Defensively, the Steelers did a great job last season, giving up 18.9 points per game. With most of their starters returning, led by linebacker T.J. Watt, they are expected to be even better defensively and will be tough to get past. Having an offense that can keep the football for longer will allow the defense to be fresher.

 

Giants Eyeing Playoff Run

The Giants won only four games last season, but they are going into the season confident that they can earn a playoff spot this year, which isn’t out of the question because they play in the NFC East, which the Philadelphia Eagles won with a 9-7 record last season. New coach Joe Judge hopes to turn things around this season.

 

Offensively, the Giants averaged 21.3 points per game. Quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in 13 games in his rookie season. He struggled with turnovers, leading the NFL with 18 fumbles. He was also sacked 38 times, which prompted the Giants to invest in their offensive line in the offseason, signing former Kansas City Chief Stefen Wisniewski in free agency and using three of their first five picks on the offensive line.

Running back Saquon Barkley played well for the Giants last season, finishing with 1,003 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games. Darius Slayton led the team in receiving yards with 740 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games.

Defensively, the Gants weren’t very good, giving up 28.3 points per game. They added a few key players in free agency and used two of their top four picks in the draft to improve their defense. They will need to play better than they did last season to get past the Steelers.

 












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