4 best moments from the Pittsburgh Steelers week 1 win vs the Giants

Derek Watt #44 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

In the second quarter the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed a quick-strike touchdown from Daniel Jones to Darrius Slayton. On the very next defensive possession, TJ Watt made a play.

The Giants had been relying on a well-scripted game plan utilizing quick throws and good timing to get Daniel Jones into a good rhythm. TJ Watt being able to pick this off had an impact on the Giants’ game plan moving forward.

They started taking longer to throw, which opened up the pass rush. As they were having a hard time throwing the ball, they would go back to the run game. It was non-existent as Barkley had no room to operate all night.  Barkley would finish the game with 15 carries for 6 yards averaging a lowly .4 yards per carry, per ESPN. This would be his lowest average of his NFL career.

The defensive play calling was out of this world. The first touchdown pass Daniel Jones threw was due to an over-commitment made by Minkah Fitzpatrick on an underneath route and the second was in garbage time. Otherwise, Blitzburgh was in full effect.

The front 7 filled every gap and sealed every edge. Seeing this type of run defense is an encouraging sign when our division rival broke the NFL record in 2019 for rushing yards in a single season per NBC.