NFL Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants
The New York Giants (0-0) will look to defy oddsmakers when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) on Monday, September 14, 2020 as 6.0-point underdogs. An over/under of 45.0 is set in the contest.
Game InfoGame Day: Monday, September 14, 2020 Game Time: 7:15 PM TV Channel: ESPN Location: East Rutherford, NJ Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Steelers Players to WatchLast year, Mason Rudolph collected 1,765 passing yards (176.5 yards per game) while going 176-for-283 (62.2% completion percentage) and throwing 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 games. James Conner ran for 464 yards on 116 attempts (46.4 yards per game) while scoring four touchdowns in 10 games a season ago. He also averaged 25.1 receiving yards per game, grabbing 34 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns. In 2019, Benny Snell Jr. ran for 426 yards on 108 carries (32.8 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns over the course of 13 games. Last season, James Washington reeled in 44 passes (on 79 targets) for 735 yards (49.0 yards per game) and scored three touchdowns in 15 games. Diontae Johnson's statline last year showed 59 grabs for 680 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 16 games. He averaged 42.5 receiving yards per game and was targeted 92 times. JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 42 passes on 71 targets for 552 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 46.0 yards per game in 12 contests in 2019. Last season, T.J. Watt collected 14.5 sacks, 14.0 TFL, 55 tackles, and two interceptions in 16 games. Devin Bush Jr. racked up 110 tackles, 9.0 TFL, one sack, and two interceptions in 16 games over his 2019 campaign. Last season, Minkah Fitzpatrick grabbed five interceptions and added 69 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and nine passes defended in 16 games.
Giants Players to WatchDaniel Jones racked up 3,027 passing yards (232.8 yards per game) with a 61.9% completion percentage last year (284-of-459), while throwing 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games. He also added 279 rushing yards on 45 carries with two touchdowns, averaging 21.5 yards per game. Saquon Barkley took 217 carries for 1,003 rushing yards a season ago (77.2 yards per game) while scoring six touchdowns in 13 games. He also caught 52 passes for 438 yards (33.7 receiving yards per game) with two touchdowns through the air. In 2019, Jones ran for 279 yards on 45 carries (21.5 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns over the course of 13 games. Last season, Darius Slayton grabbed 48 passes (on 83 targets) for 740 yards (52.9 yards per game) and scored eight touchdowns in 14 games. Golden Tate also contributed with 676 yards on 49 catches with six touchdowns. He was targeted 85 times and put up 61.5 receiving yards per game over 11 matchups last year. Sterling Shepard caught 57 passes on 85 targets for 576 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 57.6 yards per game in 10 contests in 2019. Markus Golden put together a strong body of work a year ago, collecting 10.0 sacks, 13.0 TFL and 72 tackles over 16 games. Blake Martinez totaled 154 tackles, 5.0 TFL, three sacks, and one interception in 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign.
Steelers vs Giants: Last 5 MeetingsIn the past five meetings, Pittsburgh holds a 3-2 record against New York. New York has tallied 115 points in the last five matchups while only allowing 105 to Pittsburgh
Steelers vs Giants: Last Five Meetings
Steelers Team DataThe Giants allowed their opponents to score an average of 28.2 points per game last season, 10.1 more than the 18.1 the Steelers put on the scoreboard in each contest. When they met or went over their scoring average last season, Pittsburgh was 6-3. New York was 2-5 last season in games where they allowed fewer than 28.2 points. The Steelers offense averaged 276.8 total yards per game last season, 100.5 yards fewer than the 377.3 allowed by the Giants defense. Pittsburgh's record last season when they racked up at least their season average in total yards: 4-1. New York was 2-5 last season when their defense allowed fewer yards than their season average. The Giants allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 113.2 yards per game in 2019 compared to the 90.5 yards the Steelers offense averaged on the ground per contest. When Pittsburgh rushers gained at least a combined 90.5 yards, they had a record of 5-1 last season. Last season, when the New York defense allowed opponents to pick up less than 113.2 yards on the ground, they were 2-5. Last season, the Giants forced an average of 1 turnover per game compared to the 1.9 times Steelers turned the football over in each contest. In games where they turned the football over 1.9 times or fewer, Pittsburgh was 5-2 last season. New York's record last season when they forced more than 1 turnover: 3-6
Giants Team DataThe Giants averaged 21.3 points per game last year, comparable to the 18.9 per matchup the Steelers gave up. New York went 4-2 in games when it scored at least 21.3 points last season. When Pittsburgh allowed opponents to score no more than 18.1 points last season, it put together a 6-3 record. The Giants averaged 338.5 yards per game in 2019, 34.3 more yards than the 304.2 the Steelers gave up per matchup. Pittsburgh's record last season when they accumulated at least their season average in total yards: 4-1. Pittsburgh had a 5-5 record last year when holding its opponents to 304.2 yards or less. Last season, the Giants averaged 105.3 yards per game on the ground, just 4.3 fewer yards per game than the Steelers allowed per outing (109.6). New York recorded a 3-5 record when the team rushed for at least 105.3 yards last year. Last season, Pittsburgh went 7-3 when holding opponents to no more than 109.6 rushing yards. The Giants turned the ball over 2.1 times per game last year, only 0.3 fewer turnovers per game than the 2.4 the Steelers forced on average. In games in 2019, New York had a 2-8 record when it turned the ball over 2.1 times or less. Pittsburgh put together a 5-2 record when it forced at least 2.4 turnovers last season.
Steelers Fantasy LeadersConner finished 106th overall among all players and 33rd among all RBs in 2019 with 111.5 fantasy points (11.2 per game). Rudolph put up total 108.9 fantasy points last season (10.9 per game), which made him the 111th-ranked player overall and the 30th-ranked quarterback. Last year, Johnson's 104.1 total fantasy points made him the No. 114 fantasy player and No. 40 wide receiver. He averaged 6.5 fantasy points per game. Washington was the 133rd-ranked fantasy player -- and the 51st-ranked wide receiver -- in 2019 with 89.5 fantasy points. He averaged 6.0 fantasy points per game.
Giants Fantasy LeadersJones put together a strong 2019 fantasy season, scoring 215.0 total fantasy points (16.5 per game) to finish 33rd overall and 24th among quarterbacks in the league-wide fantasy rankings. Last year, Barkley finished as the 37th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 10th-ranked running back. He totaled 192.1 fantasy points, averaging 14.8 per game. Slayton was the No. 33 wide receiver and the No. 98 fantasy player overall with 122.0 total points last season (8.7 per game). Tate's 2019 campaign saw him finish as the No. 116 fantasy player and the No. 41 WR with 103.2 fantasy points (averaging 9.4 per game).
Steelers vs Giants Betting Information
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Steelers Betting InsightsPittsburgh had a 7-5-2 record against the spread last year. Last season, the Steelers went just 0-1-1 ATS when playing as at least 6.0-point favorites. In 2019, Pittsburgh played in only three games that went above the point total (21.4% of its opportunities).
Steelers Road TrendsPittsburgh hit the over in just 12.5% of its away games last year (one of eight opportunities). The average total in Steelers away games last season was 34.9 points, 10.1 fewer than this outing's over/under (45.0). Pittsburgh put together an even 3-3-1 record against the spread on the road last year, and went 3-5 overall in away games. The Steelers had an even 0-0-1 ATS record when favored by at least 6.0 points in away games last season.
Giants Betting InsightsNew York's games went over the point total nine times in 14 contests last season (64.3%). New York had a 7-7 record against the spread last year.
Giants Home TrendsNew York's record against the spread in home games last year was just 2-5, and its record at home overall was 2-6. New York hit the over four times in eight opportunities at home last year (50%). Last season, Giants home games averaged 45.1 points, 0.1 more than this matchup's over/under (45.0).
Additional InfoThe Steelers had an average total of 37 in their contests last season, 8.0 fewer points than this game's over/under. Giants outings last year had a 49.5-point average over/under, 4.5 more points than this game's point total. Two of Pittsburgh's games went over 45.0 points last season (12.5% of matchups). New York's games went over 45.0 points nine times last year (56.2% of matchups). The two teams combined to score 39.4 points per contest last season, 5.6 fewer points than this game's point total. Combined, these teams allowed 47.1 points per contest last year, 2.1 more points than the over/under for this game.
David DeCastro: Out (Knee)
Levine Toilolo: Questionable (Hamstring),
Golden Tate: Questionable (Hamstring),
Tae Crowder: Questionable (Hamstring)