The Steelers won their second game in four days on Thanksgiving night against the Colts and now find themselves with a record of 6-5 and tied for first in the AFC North. Their reward? A game against the 8-3 Giants, a team that very well could be in the Super Bowl come January. The Steelers are not necessarily in a must win situation, given the Giants are an NFC team, however, they need to keep pace with the rival Ravens so a win is certainly important. The black and gold will have their hands full but having a few extra days rest will hopefully help them come into the game healthy and ready to play.
Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory
- Somehow, someway, the defense is going to have to contain Odell Beckham. He can’t be completely stopped but if they can contain him, as in holding him to around 75 yards, that will be a huge feat. If he gets behind the secondary consistently, like he’s capable of doing, it could be a long, long afternoon.
- It is again important for the Steelers offense to be their most effective defense. I know the team has improved defensively over the last couple of weeks but I don’t trust them just yet. A healthy dose of LeVeon Bell could be the best defense this team has.
- When the defense is out there, they need to rush Eli Manning. Manning is in his 13th season in the league but is more than willing to throw interceptions and make rookie like blunders. Applying heavy pressure will only enhance the chances he does so.
- The Giants are a good team, the Steelers cannot take the unnecessary 15 yard penalties for things like an A.B. touchdown dance. Free yards cannot be handed out in games like this.
Here are a Few Things to Watch:
- Big Ben vs. Eli-Both guys were drafted very high in 2004 and both have two Super Bowl titles. Who will get the best of their counterpart in this one?
- Antonio Brown vs. Odell Beckham Jr.-These are two of the best wide receivers in the NFL. They are good friends and certainly want to outdo each other. I anticipate both having a big day.
- Sammie Coates-I think he’s going to have a big day, look for 2 to 3 deep balls to Coates on Sunday afternoon.
- Jarvis Jones-He’s almost certainly in his last year in Pittsburgh, rightfully so. He’s pretty much played his way out of town but how will his snap count go. There is a big rotation at outside linebacker happening recently, where will he fit into that rotation.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association http://www.steelnationassociation.com– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at email@example.com.