Steelers vs. Giants: Why Pittsburgh has cause for concern in Week 1

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No preseason

While there are quite a few warranted questions surrounding both teams entering their week one matchup, the biggest is the fact neither has played a game yet. With the preseason canceled, neither team has had the chance to put their new teams through the wringer. While this issue should affect both teams, there is a lot more concern for how it could change the Steelers.

Pittsburgh is known for notoriously slow starts at the beginning of the season, so that fact alone makes every Week 1 game more nerve-racking. Now, with no preseason, the Steelers are expected to come into the game and dominate. If the Steelers come out even more sluggish than usual though, it could lead to an early-season disaster against the Giants.

The team is not guaranteed to lose or look bad in Week 1 but given their history and the unique aspect of this season, it wouldn’t be surprising. If the Steelers come into this game with all of this hype only to lay an egg would lead to a rash of early-season anger. A loss wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it could lead to a lot of early-season overreactions.

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While fans are excited to see the Steelers return to action, there are still quite a few questions surrounding the team entering their first week. Though none of these questions could spell doom in Week 1, it certainly could lead to disappointment. Be excited about Monday, Steelers fans, but be aware of these concerns entering the matchup.