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Pittsburgh Steelers Odds
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back in the saddle after suffering a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2 of last season.
The 38-year-old who ranks eighth in NFL history with 56,545 yards and ninth with 363 touchdowns was badly missed last season when the Steelers averaged just 18.1 points per game (27th in the NFL). Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster figures to be happy to see Big Ben back as he had just 42 receptions for 552 yards after having 111 catches for 1,426 yards in 2018.
Running back James Conner (464 yards) also looks to rebound this season.
Pittsburgh will place a premium on harassing Giants second-year quarterback Daniel Jones and outside linebackers T.J. Watt (career highs of 14.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles in 2019) and Bud Dupree (career-best 11.5 sacks) should be at the forefront.
Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and cornerback Joe Haden each had five interceptions last season for a unit that allowed 18.9 points per game.
New York Giants Odds
New York has a new coach in Joe Judge as the franchise looks to bounce back from a 4-12 campaign. Jones displayed promise with 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns as a rookie but also had issues protecting the ball as he committed 23 turnovers — 12 interceptions and 11 fumbles.
Home run-hitting back Saquon Barkley topped 1,000 rushing yards in each of his two seasons and can take pressure off Jones with a big season. Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is the new offensive coordinator and he’ll be looking to utilize all of Barkley’s skills.
The Giants were 30th in the NFL in scoring defense (28.2) last season so priority was placed on finding some better pieces. One of the additions is linebacker Blake Martinez, who was second in the NFL with 155 tackles for the Green Bay Packers, and another is solid cornerback Logan Ryan, who recorded four interceptions for the Tennessee Titans.
New York had just 16 takeaways last season, a weakness magnified when the combined with the fact the offense committed 33 miscues.
Steelers at Giants Betting Pick for Week 1
New York will be highly ready in Judge’s debut but will run into a fiercely motivated Roethlisberger.
The improved offensive showing for the Steelers will provide enough of a boost to score the win.
Steelers at Giants Betting Pick: Steelers (-5.5), Giants (+5.5)
Steelers 24, Giants 16
Steelers at Giants Best Bet
Pittsburgh should be able to keep the Giants hemmed in as Garrett makes his first attempt to call the offense after the lack of preseason games.
Steelers at Giants Best Bet: UNDER 46.5