New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/9/14
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) at New York Giants (7-9)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Giants -3 -- Over/Under: 35 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants meet up at MetLife Stadium for a preseason game on Saturday.
The Steelers look to rebound from a poor season last year that resulted in an 8-8 record and a missed playoff berth. The Steelers return much of the same offense they had a year ago, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tight end Heath Miller and wide receiver Antonio Brown. The area the Steelers probably improved the most was at running back, as they’ve added LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer to go along with Le’Veon Bell. The running back unit for the Steelers should be solid and will likely get a lot of looks in this matchup. As far as backup quarterback is concerned, the Steelers are going with veteran Bruce Gradkowski, who has 29 pass attempts in his last two seasons. The Steelers starting defense won’t see the field much, but watch out for rookie Stephon Tuitt in the second unit.
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This will be the Giants second preseason game, as they beat the Buffalo Bills in the Hall of Fame game, 17-13. Eli Manning completed six of seven passes and the Giants defense came away with two big interceptions that were the difference in the game. Rookie running back Andre Williams looked like a stud, as he averaged close to seven yards per carry and scored a touchdown. Overall, the starting Giants offense looked OK in limited time and should see more reps in this game. The one area the Giants must improve is their ground game, as they racked up just 3.2 yards per carry on 38 touches. Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib had a solid outing with seven of 12 passes completed for 139 yards and a touchdown. The Giants played better than expected and can certainly build on that heading into this matchup with their home crowd behind them.
With the spread being under three, I’m going with the Giants. NY has a game under their belt and should give their starters more reps. I also like the Giants backup quarterback more than the Steelers, which is also a key in capping preseason ball.
Take the Giants with the small spread while you still can.