Analyzing Steelers Week 1 win over the New York Giants
Special teams and coaching
Special teams were steady for the most part except for the fumbled punt return at the very beginning of the game by Diontae Johnson. He was able to come back and securely field punts after that so he did redeem himself.
Chris Boswell was able to do well at his office. He made his two field goals but did miss one extra point. That hasn’t been ultra uncommon across the league for all kickers thus far. New Steeler, punter Dustin Colquitt was solid with his punting and they were all consistent which is something this team has been begging for. Colquitt had four punts that averaged 45.8 yards.
Coaching was fine across the board in this game as adjustments were made and success soon followed. Keeping Johnson out there to rebound in the return game was a nice call and the rebound of the offense was nice.
Early on after a couple drives stalled, the run game seemed to be pressed too much. They were able to make adjustments and open up the passing game especially over the middle of the field. The defense was aggressive all night and that’s what you need to do for this group to have success like last year. Special teams looked well prepared and ready after getting a new holder and missing game time situations in the preseason.
The Steelers did a good job of sticking with what they wanted to do and secure the victory. It was not the most complete game but Pittsburgh did enough in all three phases to secure victory in week one.