Steelers Vs Giants Win/Loss Scenarios

New series we’ll do each Sunday morning before kickoff. A prediction of what will happen if the Pittsburgh Steelers win, if they lose, and my final score prediction. My outlook on this afternoon’s game against the New York Giants.

The Steelers Will Win If…

– The tight ends block. That’s why Jesse James was our X Factor for this contest. But they’ll need contributions from David Johnson and tackle eligible Chris Hubbard, who could have a sneaky impact in this one too, to control the Giants’ top two defensive ends.

Todd Haley doesn’t roll out the Ravens’ gameplan. I actually didn’t think it wasn’t a awful gameplan, Ben Roethlisberger was just horrendous, but there certainly was an element of running the ball too much against a stout front. Now that Roethlisberger is healthy, that’s the apparent reason why they were so conservative, Haley hopefully won’t pound his head against the wall time and time again. If he does, it spells trouble for Pittsburgh.

– The Giants don’t get much cooking on first down. They want to be an up-tempo, move-the-ball offense. Stop them on first down, slow down the offense before it gets going, and it’ll take them out of their identity, their rhythm. This is really crucial. And where, as Mike Tomlin pointed out, where Steelers’ Nation can have a tangible affect.

The Steelers Will Lose If…

– They give up the big play. Pretty obvious, right? Still, needs to be stopped and a problem area they’ve had all season. The Giants are top five in 40+ yard completions and while the Steelers are middle-of-the-pack, when they give them up, they come in bunches. And losses.

– Special teams’ breakdowns. I’m really worried about this area. No Chris Boswell. Shamarko Thomas returns but Darrius Heyward-Bey remains out. The punt protection team was awful against the Indianapolis Colts and the Giants are letting Odell Beckham Jr. return punts. It all makes me queasy.

– The Giants’ secondary makes plays. And they’re a good group, too. They don’t play as much man coverage as say, the Cincinnati Bengals, but all their corners have ball skills. Janoris Jenkins. Eli Apple. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Landon Collins leads the charge from his safety spot. Could create problems for Ben Roethlisberger.

Prediction

Steelers: 24
Giants: 20

Seasonal Record

6-5

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Jacob

    The Steelers are at home, where they nearly beat the best team in the league right now (Dallas). If they play like they have been, I expect a solid win.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    An intangible is Goodell’s striped flying monkeys. Not sure how NFL has this game scripted but will know for sure once the refs start blowing their whistles.

  • Jaybird

    There are a lot of Giants fans walking around the city and in my hotel. Us Steelers fans gotta make a lot of noise and make it difficult for dopey Eli to run his offense. The twelfth man has got to step it up today.
    GO STEELERS!
    I want nothing more than seeing Eli pull his chin strap in disgust , his head hung low , and that stupid , dopey , dejected look on his face!

  • Jaybird

    That’s a good point , I didn’t think about that – AB and Beckham.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Haven’t paid much attention to this but do the Steelers pass out of the Hubbard tackle eligible formation? Also I hope Berry just punts the ball out of bounds instead of letting Beckham get a chance at a big return. Didn’t realize the importance of Shark and DHB on ST’s but last week’s coverage teams were terrible. Even though AB got the 15 yard celebration penalty Bos got off a nice kick only to be returned for 43 yards! and they got away with a one on the long punt return. Just think what OBJ will do if we play that poorly on coverage teams. Hope we get Shark back!

  • Shane Mitchell

    I really dont like the matchup of Eli Manning and three excellent WRs running an uptempo offense against a secondary that is inexplicably and unnecessarily starting two inexperienced rookie project players with questionable tackling skills in the secondary. I have trouble looking at the matchup in any other area because it doesnt seem like it will matter much. We are putting big plays out on a platter for them and forcing our QB to out big play them, which isnt easy without a #2 WR.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Pitiful to suggest we are good because we lost to Dallas at home, its not like they are a juggernaut teams lets get real, we beat the Browns and the damn colts with their back up QB. If we we play like we have been I expect a solid loss and the season is over.

    We need to play at a level we havent seen since the beginning of the season, period.