Two historical football families meet on Sunday, as the Giants and the Steelers face off for the first time since 2012. The Steelers are a six-point favorite at sites monitored by OddsShark.com, but the Giants have been tough on the road during their six-game winning streak.
It should be an offensive affair, as both teams excel at passing the ball. The key matchups will be on the outside, where Janoris Jenkins will be tasked with slowing down Antonio Brown. Pittsburgh’s passing offense has slowed in previous weeks, and Roethlisberger has only cleared 300 passing yards once since Week 5.
For two teams in the playoff mix, bot the Steelers and Giants have been risky gambling plays. The 8-3 Giants are only 5-4-2 against the spread, while the Steelers are 2-4 ATS in their last six games.
In a game that comes down to matchups, the Giants will have a problem containing Le’Veon Bell. NY has been solid against the run this season, but Bell’s ability as a receiver will cause problems for their defense. Bell’s ability to beat coverage, then make people miss in open space could be devastating. Bell has at least four catches in every game he’s played this season.
The Giants will look to wear down a Pittsburgh secondary that is vulnerable deep. The Giants have lived off big plays this season, and they won’t have a chance Sunday without making sure Odell Beckham Jr. gets plenty of touches.
The Giants are good, but they’ll be fine to drop a non-conference game on the road. I’ll take the points.
Heavy’s Pick: Giants 23 Steelers 26. Giants +6. Over on the Point Total. (48.5)