New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers week one prediction
I think overall, the week one matchup between the Giants and Steelers will be a low-scoring affair. I believe the Giants will use Saquon Barkley and their run-game quite a bit due to the fact that the Steelers pass defense is just so lethal, and Jason Garrett will not want to test it.
That being said, I could see Daniel Jones throwing for around 150 yards on about 25 attempts, with one touchdown and an interception to go with it. If this winds up being true, Saquon Barkley is going to have his work cut out for him.
In 2019 Barkley missed three games due to injury, and when he was healthy he wasn’t putting up the same numbers as he had in his rookie season. However, he is still without a doubt one of the best running backs in the NFL, and I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be right back at the top in 2020.
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On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants will be facing a completely different Steelers offense than what they put on the field in 2019. But also, the Giants defense is going to be much different than it was in 2020, which makes for a VERY interesting matchup because nobody is quite sure of what to expect out of either side.
Overall, I imagine the Steelers will have a much-improved offense in 2020, and in week one they won’t have too much difficulty against the Giants defense. I could see the Steelers getting into the end zone three total times, making for a close game.
Prediction: Steelers 27 Giants 21
Unfortunately, I don’t think the Giants will come out of week one with a win because of the Steelers’ great defense. However, I don’t think it’s impossible to win this game for the Giants.
If Saquon Barkley has an amazing game and keeps getting to the red zone, the Giants could without a doubt win this game, but that’s a lot to ask of your running back.
Overall, I wouldn’t expect this to be Daniel Jones’ best game of his young career as Jason Garrett will opt for the run game over the passing game more times than not.