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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants Pick & Prediction SEP 14TH 2020

FinishedTV: ESPNMetLife Stadium East Rutherford

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Ben Roethlisberger played in his first NFL game 16 years ago but his nervous meter is ticking higher now after a 12-month absence from the playing field.


The quarterback known as "Big Ben" makes his return to the gridiron on Monday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers open the campaign against the host New York Giants at East Rutherford, N.J.


The 38-year-old Roethlisberger tore three tendons in his right elbow during Week 2 of the 2019 season against the Seattle Seahawks and underwent surgery. His throwing wing is now fine but he admits he's feeling like a jitterbug entering the opener.


"You always have a little bit of jitters and nerves for the first game, but the way I feel now is more than I've felt in a very long time," Roethlisberger told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm sure it's only going to intensify as the week goes on. And then Monday night, I'm sure I'm going to be shaking like a leaf."


That's quite an admission for a signal caller who owns two Super Bowl rings and has passed for 56,545 career yards and 363 touchdowns. The yardage ranks eighth in NFL history and the touchdown count is ninth.


Roethlisberger figures everything will be back to normal once the pregame anxiety wears off.


"It's going to be one of those things where you get out there and hopefully it all comes back to me really quick, and there's going to be rust, there's no doubt about it," Roethlisberger said. "But hopefully we can get it knocked off sooner than later. I think that's what makes it fun."


While Roethlisberger is looking to recapture his past form and help Pittsburgh improve from last season's 8-8 mark, Giants second-year quarterback Daniel Jones is looking to build on a solid rookie campaign.


Jones passed for 3,027 yards and 24 touchdowns in 13 games (12 starts) as New York believes it has found a long-time quarterback to follow the Eli Manning era.


The problem area for Jones is that he was personally responsible for 23 turnovers last season -- 12 interceptions and 11 lost fumbles. He fumbled a league-worst 18 times and made it a priority to get stronger in the offseason.


"I feel like I'm as strong as I've been," Jones told reporters. "... I wanted to get stronger and wanted to gain some weight for every part of my game -- standing in the pocket, running when I need to, and obviously throwing the ball as efficiently as I can using my strength."


The Giants were just 4-12 last season and fired Pat Shurmur after the season. The new coach is Joe Judge.


Judge has been making sure the troops know they have entered a no-nonsense zone. He reiterated that point Thursday when he stopped practice to discuss a slow start and ordered the team to restart the session.


"Everything we do is going to have purpose behind it," star running back Saquon Barkley said afterward. "... The thing is that on Monday, there won't be any restarts. We have to find a way to have that energy and find a way to have that purpose from the beginning. It shouldn't take a restart for it to happen."


Barkley has churned up 3,469 scrimmage yards in his first two NFL seasons. That brings consternation to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.


"Five to 10-yard runs can quickly become 50 to 60-yard runs when you're facing a guy with the talent of Saquon," Tomlin said. "We're going to spend a lot of time preparing to minimize his impact."


Pittsburgh outside linebackers T.J. Watt (career-best 14.5 sacks in 2019) and Bud Dupree career-high (11.5 sacks) will certainly be mindful of stopping Barkley from getting outside the box while also looking to harass Jones.


The Giants added two stout defenders in linebacker Blake Martinez (second in NFL with 155 tackles last season for Green Bay) and cornerback Logan Ryan (four interceptions for Tennessee) in the offseason.


But perhaps the most bizarre element of the opener is playing a Monday Night Football game with no fans with only the sounds of pumped-in crowd noise breaking the silence.


"It's certainly going to be different, of course," New York defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson said. "But I know the crowd noise, it helps a lot because we get so locked in on the field that it sounds like the fans are there even though you look up and it's empty. You still get the feeling of somebody's watching from the noise."


--Field Level Media


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Pittsburgh Steelers

New York Giants

Player Position Lineup
Tyson Alualu primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Zach Banner primary: Right Tackle Starter
Devin Bush primary: Left Inside Linebacker Starter
James Conner primary: Runningback Starter
Bud Dupree primary: Right Outside Linebacker Starter
Terrell Edmunds primary: Strong Safety Starter
Matt Feiler primary: Left Guard Starter
Minkah Fitzpatrick primary: Free Safety Starter
Joe Haden primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Cameron Heyward primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Diontae Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Vance McDonald primary: Tight End Starter
Steven Nelson primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Maurkice Pouncey primary: Center Starter
Ben Roethlisberger primary: Quarterback Starter
JuJu Smith-Schuster primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Stephon Tuitt primary: Defensive End Starter
Alejandro Villanueva primary: Left Tackle Starter
James Washington primary: Fullback Starter
T.J. Watt primary: Left Outside Linebacker Starter
Vince Williams primary: Right Inside Linebacker Starter
Stefen Wisniewski primary: Right Guard Starter
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Marcus Allen primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Chris Boswell primary: Kicker Substitution
Isaiah Buggs primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kameron Canaday primary: Long Snapper Substitution
J.C. Hassenauer primary: Center Substitution
Mike Hilton primary: Cornerback Substitution
Justin Layne primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Chukwuma Okorafor primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaylen Samuels primary: Runningback Substitution
Benny Snell Jr. primary: Runningback Substitution
Robert Spillane primary: Linebacker Substitution
Cameron Sutton primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jordan Dangerfield primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Derek Watt primary: Runningback Substitution
Chris Wormley primary: Defensive End Substitution
Eric Ebron primary: Tight End Substitution
Chase Claypool primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alex Highsmith primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kevin Dotson primary: Guard Substitution
James Pierre primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ray-Ray McCloud primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Sean Davis primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dustin Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
David DeCastro primary: Guard Not active
Zach Gentry primary: Tight End Not active
Ulysees Gilbert III primary: Linebacker Not active
Mason Rudolph primary: Quarterback Did not play
Anthony McFarland Jr. primary: Runningback Not active
Carlos Davis primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Joshua Dobbs primary: Quarterback Not active
Player PositionLineup
Corey Ballentine primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Saquon Barkley primary: Runningback Starter
Lorenzo Carter primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Devante Downs primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Evan Engram primary: Tight End Starter
Nick Gates primary: Guard Starter
Will Hernandez primary: Left Guard Starter
Daniel Jones primary: Quarterback Starter
Julian Love primary: Free Safety Starter
Jabrill Peppers primary: Strong Safety Starter
Sterling Shepard primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Kaden Smith primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Dalvin Tomlinson primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Leonard Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Oshane Ximines primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Kevin Zeitler primary: Right Guard Starter
James Bradberry primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Cameron Fleming primary: Right Tackle Starter
Blake Martinez primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Levine Toilolo primary: Tight End Starter
Andrew Thomas primary: Left Tackle Starter
Darnay Holmes primary: Cornerback Starter
Riley Dixon primary: Punter Substitution
Wayne Gallman primary: Runningback Substitution
B.J. Hill primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dexter Lawrence primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Elijhaa Penny primary: Runningback Substitution
Darius Slayton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Nate Ebner primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kyler Fackrell primary: Linebacker Substitution
Austin Johnson primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Eric Tomlinson primary: Tight End Substitution
Casey Kreiter primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Dion Lewis primary: Runningback Substitution
Carter Coughlin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Markus Golden primary: Linebacker Substitution
C.J. Board primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Graham Gano primary: Kicker Substitution
Logan Ryan primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Isaac Yiadom primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Adrian Colbert primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Damion Ratley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Sean Chandler primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Brandon Williams primary: Defensive Back Substitution
RJ McIntosh primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Spencer Pulley primary: Center Did not play
Golden Tate primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Colt McCoy primary: Quarterback Did not play
Matt Peart primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Shane Lemieux primary: Guard Not active
Cam Brown primary: Linebacker Not active
TJ Brunson primary: Linebacker Not active
Tae Crowder primary: Linebacker Not active
Jackson Barton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Chad Slade primary: Guard Did not play

Pittsburgh Steelers

New York Giants

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 21 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Graham Gano
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 13 Yards
    • Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
    • Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
    • Pass Receiver: James Washington
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: JuJu Smith-Schuster
    • Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
    • Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 41 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Darius Slayton
    • Passer: Daniel Jones
    • Conv Kicker: Graham Gano
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Darius Slayton
    • Passer: Daniel Jones
    • Conv Receiver: Sterling Shepard
    • Conv Passer: Daniel Jones
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 8 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: JuJu Smith-Schuster
    • Passer: Ben Roethlisberger
    • Conv Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 36 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Chris Boswell
  • Match End


Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Cleveland L 48 - 37
  • @Cleveland L 22 - 24
  • Indianapolis W 24 - 28
  • @Cincinnati L 17 - 27
  • @Buffalo L 15 - 26
  • Washington L 23 - 17
  • Baltimore W 14 - 19
  • @Jacksonville W 27 - 3
  • Cincinnati W 10 - 36
  • @Dallas W 24 - 19
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Dallas W 19 - 23
  • @Baltimore L 13 - 27
  • Cleveland L 20 - 6
  • Arizona L 26 - 7
  • @Seattle W 17 - 12
  • @Cincinnati W 19 - 17
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 27
  • @Washington W 23 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 25 - 23
  • @Philadelphia L 21 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Steelers @ Giants 26-16
  • Steelers @ Giants 20-12
  • Giants @ Steelers 14-24
  • Steelers @ Giants 16-20
  • Giants @ Steelers 18-13
  • Steelers @ Giants 24-20
  • Steelers @ Giants 24-17
  • Giants @ Steelers 21-14

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants

Ben Roethlisberger passed for three touchdowns in his first appearance in 12 months to help the Pittsburgh Steelers record a 26-16 victory over the New York Giants in the season opener for both teams on Monday night at East Rutherford, N.J.

Roethlisberger completed 21 of 32 passes for 229 yards in his first game since suffering a major injury to his throwing elbow in Week 2 of last season. JuJu Smith-Schuster caught two of the scoring passes, while Benny Snell Jr. rushed for a career-high 113 yards on 19 carries and Bud Dupree forced a key interception in the third quarter for the Steelers (1-0).

Daniel Jones was 26-for-41 for 279 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Giants (0-1), who played their first game under new coach Joe Judge. Star running back Saquon Barkley was bottled up all night with 6 yards on 15 carries but did have six receptions for 60 yards.

New York accumulated just 291 total yards in its first game under new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Darius Slayton caught six passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Giants.

James Washington also caught a touchdown pass for Pittsburgh, which finished with 349 yards. T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward had interceptions for the Steelers.

New York trailed 16-10 in the third quarter when it embarked on a 19-yard, 87-yard excursion to reach the Pittsburgh 4-yard line. But the Giants came up empty as a charging Dupree hit Jones' hand as he threw and the ensuing second-down lob was up for grabs with Heyward catching the ball for an interception in the end zone for a touchback with 3:17 left.

Pittsburgh responded by driving 62 yards on nine plays with Chris Boswell booting a 36-yard field goal to make it a nine-point margin with 14:19 left in the contest. Later, Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster teamed up for an 8-yard scoring reception to make it 26-10 with 5:23 left.

Jones threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Slayton with 1:52 left but the ensuing two-point conversion pass was incomplete and Pittsburgh recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to Smith-Schuster (10 yards) and Washington (13) in the second quarter to give the Steelers a 16-10 halftime lead. The scoring toss to Washington came with seven seconds left after the Steelers traveled 78 yards on eight plays.

Both teams traded field goals in the first quarter before Jones connected on a 41-yard touchdown pass to Slayton to give the Giants a 10-3 advantage with 13:45 left in the half.

Steelers running back James Conner (ankle) didn't play in the second half. He had 9 yards on six carries.

--Field Level Media