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Breaking down Week 1: The New York Giants

  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Daniel Jones
  • New York Giants
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • saquan barkley
By Christian Wolf August 12, 2020 0 Comment
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The Steelers open the season on the road against the Giants, a team they play every four years. Let’s take a look at our week one opponent.

The New York Giants host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football to open both teams 2020 season. Barring any last second changes, both teams will have both their rosters fully ready to go. So what should the Steelers focus on? What are the Giant’s strengths? Weaknesses?

Let’s take a look at these four main points.

Joe Judge

Joe Judge is the new head man in New York and was seen as a questionable hire when it was announced. The former receivers coach and special teams coordinator in New England has a tough task in New York and will try to right the ship with a team deep in a rebuild.

A first-year coach rarely brings much success in his opening season, but with the current state of the Giants, everything becomes even harder. So with everything stacked against him, his first game against the Steelers won’t be pretty.

Dominate on offense

There’s no other way to say it; the Steelers defense is better at just about every defensive position and should have no problem limiting New Yorks offense.

So how will the Steelers offense do against the Giants? On paper, the offense should have a field day, but it’s not uncommon for the Steelers to start slow. However, there is no reason why 20 or 25 points should be put up against an inferior opponent. With players such as James Washington, Diontae Johnson, and Juju Smith-Schuster getting another year of experience under their belt, it’s going to be difficult for the Giants defense to keep Pittsburgh’s offense in check.

Torment Daniel Jones

If there’s one thing Daniel Jones has shown with his short time in the NFL, it’s he can be a fumble machine, a key that the Steelers will love to take advantage of. With TJ Watt and Bud Dupree coming at both sides, and a rebuilding Giants offensive line, getting to the quarterback should be no issue for this Steelers defensive line.

Second-year linebacker Devin Bush will also take another step forward. Vince Williams should replace Mark Barron nicely, and the secondary lead by Minkah Fitzpatrick also needs no introduction. Saquon Barkley is the one real threat on the Giants offense, and if the Steelers can find success stopping the run game, the Giants should have a big problem trying to score points on this Pittsburgh defense.

It’s a passing league

Roethlisberger needs to throw the ball and keep throwing the ball. The Steelers receiving core is one of the more underrated ones in the NFL and can expose the Giants if they can consistently find a rhythm through the air. New players Eric Ebron and Chase Claypool can make themselves known early, and this is the game to do it.

Not that the Steelers can’t run the ball well, but James Conner can also be a playmaker in the passing game as well as the run game. Running the ball will be more effective in short-yardage situations, but in the Red Zone and in critical situations, the Steelers need to keep the ball in the air.

All in all, week one should be a Steelers win all the way. If Pittsburgh doesn’t win, they need to take a look at themselves and figure out whatever problems they have, because clearly there are some.

This Giants team is in the middle of a rebuild, and the Steelers need to take full advantage of that.
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