Week 1 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Giants will kick-off their 2020 season on a Monday night in East Rutherford, where they will play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Giants vs. Steelers is a more interesting game than many seem to think. Although the Steelers finished at 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs in 2019, they were battling injuries throughout the season, which is in good part why they were unable to make it.
Pittsburgh played the entire 2019 season without their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Due to Big Ben’s elbow injury, they were forced to play Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges, two guys who probably shouldn’t have been starting.
Now, with Roethlisberger back throwing to Juju-Smith Schuster and company, the Steelers have a great chance to put themselves back in the playoff picture, especially with the addition of another wild card team starting in 2020.
Not only will the Steelers have an upgraded offense in 2020, but their defense is still a force to be reckoned with. With Minkah Fitzpatrick and T.J. Watt, the Steelers have an imposing defense that will likely give Daniel Jones and the Giants some problems.
If the Giants want to win this game, they’re going to have to establish the run game with Saquon Barkley. With Minkah Fitzpatrick and T.J. Watt lurking, it’s going to be rather difficult to establish a passing game, and that’s why Barkley will be so important.
On the defensive side, they need to just get to Ben Roethlisberger and stop him that way. Overall, this is a winnable game for the Giants, but they’ll have their work cut out for them.