NFL Week 1 ends with a Monday Night Football doubleheader on September 14. The first leg features the Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants.
Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster head to New Jersey to take on Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants. What do the NFL odds have to say about this MNF contest?
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants Game Information
Who: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants
When: Monday, September 14 – 7:15pm ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
TV Network: ESPN
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants History
Unsurprisingly, there’s quite a bit of history between Pittsburgh and New York. This shouldn’t come as a shock seeing as how they’re two of the most storied franchises in the league. From Lawrence Taylor to Jack Lambert, both franchises have had their share of NFL legends. All in all these two have faced each other a sum of 77 games. Through those 77-matches, New York has built up a substantial 44-30-3 lead. The Giants have scored 1514 points against Pittsburgh while the Steelers have put up 1294 versus NYG. Ben Roethlisberger is 3-1 lifetime against the Giants. In those four games, he’s thrown for 1,010 yards, six touchdowns, and eight interceptions while completing 61% of his passes.
These two teams have not faced one another since the 2016 season.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants News & Betting Picks
Below, we’ll be taking a more in-depth look at this Monday Night Football NFL betting contest. From the latest news from both sides, injury reports, and even last year’s team statistics, below you’ll find everything you need to make your choice and place your bets in online sports gambling.
The Steelers missed Ben Roethlisberger all of last year. He went down in Week 2 and never returned. What followed was a combination of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges. The two quarterbacks combined for 2,828 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.
It didn’t help that the rushing attack was non-existent. The Steelers ranked 29th with just over 90 rushing yards per game. If only there was a player they could have paid to maybe maintain the dominant running game they’d had in years past.
When Big Ben returns to the field, he’ll have a new target in WR Chase Claypool who was selected 49th overall from Notre Dame. Claypool will join a receiving squad of JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Diontae Johnson.
TE Eric Ebron also makes his way to Pittsburgh after parting ways with the Colts. Ebron had a big 2018 in which he caught for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’ll be a big target for Big Ben to hit, especially as he gets his bearings back.
The Giants got quarterback Daniel Jones some much-needed protection on the offensive line. Quarterback protection has been a weak point in this Giants offense for years. Eli Manning might even still be a NY Giant if he had gotten some protection. Big Blue drafted three offensive linemen in this year’s draft, including Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, an offensive tackle, with the fourth pick in the draft.
Danny Dimes showed signs of brilliance throughout the season. He threw for 300+ yards on five occasions and had three 4+ TD and 0 interception games.
Saquon Barkley rushed for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns on 4.6 yards per carry. He also caught 52 passes for 438 yards and another two scores.
NY needs to drastically improve on defense. The G-men allowed 28.2 points per game (30th). This Giants offense doesn’t have the firepower to keep up with that kind of defensive submission.
Pittsburgh Steelers: -6, -240 moneyline, 46 o/u
Los Angeles Rams: +6, +200 moneyline, 46 o/u
Straight Up Pick (Gilad Chudler)
Steelers Keep an Eye on the Playoffs
Last season was a bit of a disappointment for the Pittsburgh Steelers who ended the season with an 8-8 record. Boasting one of the best defenses in the NFL, expectations were higher than a .500 season.
They also lost Ben Roethlisberger to injury and never really managed to overcome his absence on offense. With Roethlisberger back and supposedly at full health they’ll be looking for redemption this season.
As for the Giants they will be looking to improve things as well. Daniel Jones will be entering his sophomore season and showed flashes of great talent last year. With a full NFL season under his belt he will be sure to improve in 2020.
The Steelers will be focusing on defense while they get Big Ben back in game time mode. They’ll make life difficult for the Giants and prevent them from getting into the endzone. Also, Daniel Jones will need a few games to get into rhythm as well.
Ultimately this should be a relatively easy win for Pittsburgh. As far as the betting lines go for this game the under pick is looking tempting.
Over/Under Pick (Zack Robinson)
If healthy, QB Ben Roethlisberger should give the Pittsburgh Steelers a chance to advance into the Playoffs as a Wildcard. The veteran QB returns after missing most of the 2019 season; without Big Ben, the Steelers averaged 18.1 points per game (sixth worst overall).
The New York Giants found the perfect replacement for QB Eli Manning in Daniel Jones. Jones showed good things in 2019 despite the fact that the Giants were one of the teams most affected by injuries. RB Saquon Barkley is back and hungry, but both teams need to improve a lot, go with the under.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants Rundown
Pittsburgh 2019 Offensive Rankings (per game)
New York 2019 Offensive Rankings (per game)
• Points Scored: 18.1 (27th)
•Total Yards: 276.8 (30th)
•Passing Yards: 186.3 (31st)
•Rushing Yards: 90.5 (29th)
•Points Scored: 21.3 (19th)
•Total Yards: 338.5 (23rd)
•Passing Yards: 233.2 (17th)
•Rushing Yards: 105.3 (19th)
Pittsburgh 2019 Defensive Rankings (per game)
New York 2019 Defensive Rankings (per game)
• Points Allowed: 18.9 (6th)
•Total Yards Allowed: 304.1 (5th)
•Passing Yards Allowed: 194.6 (3rd)
•Rushing Yards Allowed: 109.6 (14th)
• Points Allowed: 28.2 (30th)
•Total Yards Allowed: 377.3 (25th)
•Passing Yards Allowed: 264.1 (28th)
•Rushing Yards Allowed: 113.3 (20th)
• The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games.
• Pittsburgh are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against NY Giants.
• Pittsburgh are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Giants.
• Pittsburgh are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the National Football Conference conference.
• Pittsburgh are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games played in September.
• NY Giants are 2-10 SU in their last 12 games.
• NY Giants are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at home.
• NY Giants are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games played in September.
• The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of NY Giants’ last 5 games.
• The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Giants’ last 7 games played on a Monday.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants FAQ
Who is favored to win the Pittsburgh vs New York NFL Game?
The Steelers enter their Week 1 Monday Night Football contest versus the Giants as 3 ½ point favorites.
How many times have the Steelers beat the Giants?
The Steelers have beat the Giants 30 times in franchise history.
Who is the quarterback for the Steelers?
Ben “Big Ben” Roethlisberger
What channel is the Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants Game on?
ESPN will broadcast the Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants Week 1 match on Monday, September 14th.