5. Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants, September 14th, at Metlife Stadium
Who wouldn’t be excited for the first game of the season? The Steelers are set to start their season against the 4-12 Giants on Monday Night Football.
The Giants offense should not be too much of a challenge for the Steelers defense but where we could see a struggle is the Steelers offense. I say this because Roethlisberger has not played a snap in almost a year and if the NFL preseason gets cut short due to COVID-19, it would make me uncomfortable due to the fact Ben’s injury was in his throwing elbow.
However, New York’s defense is near the bottom of the NFL and with a Super Bowl-winning QB, the Steelers should be able to go in and get the win. The first NFL game of the season also gives fans a small glimpse of who the team is going to be that season.
One key matchup I am excited to watch is Minkah Fitzpatrick vs Saquon Barkley. Barkley is going to break off for at least one or two big runs that lead to the secondary and who is going to stop him? Minkah Fitzpatrick of course.
The Fitzpatrick trade proved to be one of the best moves Kevin Colbert made and when you pair Fitzpatrick with DPOY candidate, T.J. Watt, Barkley may find himself in trouble. I am interested to watch rookie receiver Chase Claypool make his NFL debut and see the return of fan-favorite, JuJu Smith-Schuster. I am going to make a prediction and say the Steelers win 21-10 to start the season 1-0 and return home to face the Denver Broncos.