The NFL is back and we have coverage for every game, handing out free top picks and NFL odds analysis as always. The New York Giants are looking to build off a rough 2019 season with Daniel Jones at the helm, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are welcoming Ben Roethlisberger back with open arms.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants Track Bets
Monday, September 14, 2020 – 07:10 PM EDT at MetLife Stadium
Expectations are back to championship level in Pittsburgh and for good reason, at least on paper. The defense was phenomenal last year, hitting a new level thanks to the improved secondary play. This unit has to pick up where they left off so they can compete in a loaded AFC North and the defending Super Bowl champions.
The offense will garner the most attention though. Ben Roethlisberger will certainly be an upgrade on what became a joke at the quarterback position in his absence last year, but how much? Will he come back with lazy mechanics and errant throws like we last saw of him for stretches in the last two years, or will his weight loss also bring better decisions and processing?
It may not matter a ton of this game because the Giants' defense is lacking impactful talent outside of the defensive line. The pass-rushers are mediocre or worse, and the secondary is unproven. Although I like James Bradberry, he can't handle JuJu Smith-Schuster all night long, and he won't travel with him. This is the perfect team for Roethlisberger to return to face.
New York Giants
The New York Giants roster improved this off-season after a lot of criticism for how they've spent their draft capital over the last few years. Of course, it wasn't perfect, as they lost Nate Solder to Covid and DeAndre Baker to off-field issues. But the offense looks more well-rounded with Golden Tate coming back and the addition of Andrew Thomas at tackle.
They have all of their eggs in Daniel Jones' arm and it remains to be seen whether that's smart. He had way too many turnover-worthy plays in 2019, and I'm still skeptical about his long-term outlook. His flashes of great throws show good timing and touch on certain routes but a lot more needs to improve. He has the weapons he needs to take a big step forward.
It's not a good matchup for them here, though. Sure, Darius Slayton is underrated and we know both Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley are stars for their position, but this Steelers' defense has counters.
I'm going with the more veteran staff and roster to cover in this but staying away from the total.