The Pittsburgh Steelers open up their 2020 season in New Jersey as they are set to face off against the New York Giants. This game seems to be a consensus victory as the Steelers head into the game as favorites.
The opening game will be played under the lights on Monday Night Football. The Steelers are seen as the favorites to claim victory in this game by almost every expert and even in Vegas. Vegas has Pittsburgh currently sitting as six-point favorites to beat the Giants.
Experts across all different platforms have continuously chosen the Steelers over the Giants up to this point. Some could gain concern with Pittsburgh’s struggles against lesser teams in the past but this game should be a win nonetheless.
From NFL pick watch, experts have Pittsburgh with a 90% chance of winning on Monday night. The battle under the lights does certainly seem to be in their favor as they have a dominant defense returning and Ben Roethlisberger getting ready to put the NFL on notice.
The Giants enter the season coming off a 4-12, an abysmal season. Changes to their staff were inevitable at that point and a new judge was appointed. Joe Judge would be hired as the new head coach of the team and hopes to turn the tides for the rebuilding Giants.
The biggest X-factor will be the need to stop is Saquon Barkley. The Penn State product is the most talented and complete running back in the NFL. He can make plays running and in the passing game. He finds ways to make plays behind one of the worst offensive lines in the game. If the Steelers can halt Barkley this week then good things will happen and a victory will be in their hands.
Pittsburgh seems to be too much for the Giants to handle on paper and their talent level is at a much better place then the Giants are currently at. Rust could play a factor for both sides and that might allow the Giants to stay in this game for longer, also if Barkley isn’t stopped then that will lead to a huge issue for the Steelers.
All in all the Steelers are favored to win this game and for good reason. They are the better team through and through. It will be a good game to watch because football is finally back in Pittsburgh. Fans can rejoice after the Steelers win.
Prediction: Steelers 24, Giants 13
The Steelers seem primed to enter week two with a 1-0 record after defeating New York in week one. If a loss happens then it will be caused by Barkley and a rust-covered performance.