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NFL Week 1 Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants

Previewing the match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the New York Giants, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 1 PREVIEWS:
HOU @ KC | NYJ @ BUF | GB @ MIN | PHI @ WAS | CLE @ BAL | IND @ JAX | LV @ CAR | CHI @ DET
SEA @ ATL | MIA @ NE | LAC @ CIN | ARZ @ SF | TB @ NO | DAL @ LAR | PIT @ NYG | TEN @ DEN

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants
When: 9/14 @ 7:10pm ET
Watch: ESPN
Point Spread: Steelers -6
Over/Under: 45.5
Moneyline: Giants +210 | Steelers -250

Steelers Key Injuries: Diontae Johnson, WR, Foot (Q), David DeCastro, G, Undisclosed (Q)
Giants Key Injuries: Adrian Colbert, S, Illness (Q), Markus Golden, LB, Illness (Q), Golden Tate, WR, Hamstring (Q), Levine Toilolo, TE, Hamstring (Q), Xavier McKinney, S, Foot (IR)

NOTES:

The 2019 Steelers had one of the more dominant defenses in recent memory. Despite an offense that struggled all season following the injury to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers defense willed the team to an 8-8 record and barely missed out on the playoffs. The defense returns all but one starters from last years unit and now has a healthy Big Ben back at the helm. Amidst the constant struggles of Juju Smith-Schuster in 2019, rookie receiver Diontae Johnson emerged as an ascending talent on this team. With Smith-Schuster now moving back to his preferred slot position, everything is in place for the Steelers to have a monster 2020 season. They will go as far as the 38-year-old Roethlisberger will take them. Their journey starts against a Giants team with a lot of holes.

The Giants have playmakers on offense. Saquon Barkley is an all-world running back and Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and 2019 rookie standout Darius Slayton form a solid receiving trio. The offensive line is young but has some talented pieces. The biggest question marks are second-year quarterback Daniel Jones and the defense. Jones was a turnover machine in his rookie season but flashed upside as an athletic gunslinger. The Giants need him to make a second-year leap despite a coaching regime change this offseason. The defense is very young but there are pieces to be excited about like edge rusher Markus Golden and safety Jabrill Peppers. The Giants are overmatched in this contest against the Steelers and will need to play mistake-free football and bait Roethlisberger into some turnovers if they want a chance to win.

Cozine is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for football analytics, as well as studying film to understand what the numbers don't fully capture. Cozine is still holding onto the Jets' Super Bowl win from 1969 to maintain sanity.

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