Steelers-Giants Week 1 MNF Betting Preview
The NFL is finally back and the first week featured lots of action and some surprises. Let’s look at some of the best bets, player props, and game preview for the first Monday night football game of the year featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. All odds are brought to you by our friends at FanDuel.
Odds: Steelers -5.5, over/under 45.5
Some new and old faces return this week when the Steelers and Giants square off with New York head coach Joe Judge making his head coaching debut after coming over from New England. Ben Roethlisberger is returning after nearly missing all of 2019 with an elbow injury as far as old faces are concerned. The Giants come into the game as home underdogs and were 0-5 last year against the spread as home dogs and dating back to 2018, are 1-10.
As far as the over/under is concerned, in Steeler road games last year, the over was only 1-7. Part of the equation was the fact that the Steelers have one of the most dominant defenses in the league and rank near the top in nearly every defensive statistic.
On the other side of the ball, the Steelers were hampered by many injuries, including Big Ben mentioned earlier. The Pittsburgh offense will benefit from having Roethlisberger throwing the ball instead of Mason Rudolph or Duck Hodges. However, it could take some time to get the Steelers offense rolling again, with Big Ben’s first game back.
Saquon Barkley Receiving Yards Over/Under 28.5
Saquon Barkley enters his third season in the league, never having faced the stellar Steeler defense before. It could be tough sledding for him running the ball, but for Giants to have a chance to win this game, they will have to find any way to get the ball into their star playmaker’s hands.
In the last nine games of 2019, Barkley went over 30 yards receiving in six of them. Daniel Jones will be looking for a safety outlet with all the pressure Pittsburgh will be putting on the second-year quarterback.
Diontae Johnson Receiving yards Over/Under 47.5
Dionate Johnson is coming off an impressive rookie campaign where he led all NFL rookies with 59 catches, which were the second-most ever by a rookie Steeler receiver. He did all of that without Big Ben throwing him the ball.
Johnson had over 50 yards receiving his last four games of the season, and he is going against a Giants secondary who Pro Football Focus ranked 30th in terms of coverage defense in 2019. The second-year receiver out of Toledo has recently been hampered by a foot injury but did practice on Friday and is expected to play.
Ben Roethlisberger Passing Yards Over/Under 277.5
With Big Ben returning to the field for the first time since Week 2 of last year, there are some unknowns on whether a player of his age can return with ease from an elbow injury. He does have the luxury of going against one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
In 2019, the Giants defense allowed over 278 yards passing in five out of their last six games. Going off his last full season in 2018, Roethlisberger threw for over 278 yards 10 out of 16 games en route to a career-high 5,129 yards passing.