Monday Night Football is debuting with two of the most iconic franchises in NFL history — the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. Both squads are coming off of disappointing 2019 seasons, but there’s hope in 2020.
The Steelers will have future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger back under center after he missed most of 2019 with an elbow injury. The Giants, on the other hand, have a strong young core and a promising first-year head coach in Joe Judge.
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Steelers – Giants MNF Betting Odds
It shouldn’t come as a shock that the Steelers are coming into this game as the favorite. Despite losing Roethlisberger in Week 2 of last season, Pittsburgh was still able to challenge for a playoff spot. They ultimately fell short, but the rest of the roster was good enough to finish .500.
The Giants have not had a winning season since 2016 and they have a brand new coach who might need a little time to get his feet under him. Bettors can get New York as six-point underdogs so it’s clear that oddsmakers think they might undergo some growing pains in Week 1.
The total points are set to 47.5. With both teams coming out rusty with no preseason games, this one projects to be a low-scoring affair. The Steelers have never shied away from running the football and the Giants’ best weapon is Saquon Barkley. There might be a lot of ground-and-pound that keeps the total points in this one low.
MNF Preview & Betting Angles
There’s some value to be had on the moneyline in this game. Bettors will have to load up a little bit on the Steelers to make it worth their while, but it might be a good idea to think about that play considering the last time Roethlisberger played a game was nearly a year ago.
On the flip side, anyone who is confident in an upset will like the moneyline odds on the Giants. Although Monday will mark Joe Judge’s first game as a head coach, there’s a ton of experience on that coaching staff. Jason Garrett is taking over as offensive coordinator and Patrick Graham will handle the defense.
Giants second-year quarterback Daniel Jones struggled with ball security last year and the Steelers led the NFL with 2.4 takeaways per game. If he hasn’t fixed his turnover issues, the Giants could be in for a world of trouble.
As a result, expect Garrett to go to Saquon Barkley early and often. Although the Penn State product is a dynamic pass catcher, Garrett loves to have his running backs run between the tackles. The Steelers were middle of the pack (14th) in rushing yards allowed per game last season. Bettors seem to think Barkley is going to have a huge year on the ground in 2020. He might be able to start the year off with a bang in Week 1.
Under normal circumstances, the Steelers would be entering a hostile environment with Giants fans packed to the gills in MetLife Stadium. Sure, Pittsburgh fans travel well, but opening the season at home would usually be a major advantage for the Giants. Unfortunately, fans won’t be in attendance for Monday’s game due to coronavirus regulations in New Jersey.
The absence of fans has definitely played a factor in the lines this week. Generally speaking, playing at home can give teams a bump of a couple of points on the spread line. It’s unclear how much of a home-field advantage the Giants will have in 2020. After all, this is an unprecedented situation.
Who is the public betting on?
This should not come as a surprise since the line has moved heavily in the direction of the Steelers. Public bets at FanDuel Sportsbook are massively in favor of the Steelers to the tune of 89% of the spread bet handle favoring Pittsburgh. Looking at the over-under for tonight, we see 60% of the bet tickets have come in on the over.
– 84% of spread bets and 89% of money is on the #Steelers
– Moneyline: 58% of bets and 74% of money on the Steelers
— Jason Ziernicki 🎲🏈➡️💰 (@jziernick) September 14, 2020
Steelers – Giants Historical Matchup
This will be the 78th all-time meeting between the Steelers and Giants. They’re two of the most iconic franchises in the NFL and they have a rich, intertwined history.
Although the Giants hold the all-time edge with a 44-30-3 record, the Steelers have had the upper hand over the last 20 years. Pittsburgh is 3-2 against New York since the year 2000. The most recent matchup came in 2016, the last time the Giants made the playoffs. The Steelers held the Giants to just 14 points and escaped with a 10-point victory.
With all that said, these are two completely different teams from 2016. Mike Tomlin is still the head coach in Pittsburgh, but the rosters have had tremendous turnover since 2016. Take the historical matchup with a grain of salt.
Where To Watch Steelers – Giants Week 1
All Monday Night Football games are broadcast exclusively on ESPN. Normally, Monday games kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET, but Week 1 always features a doubleheader so Steelers vs. Giants is bumped up to 7:15 p.m. Fans can stream this game through the ESPN app as well.
Betting Picks & Score Prediction
This is a really tough game to forecast. Is Big Ben going to be back up to game speed after missing so much time? Will Joe Judge struggle to adjust to his new responsibilities as a head coach. Will both teams favor a ground-and-pound style that keeps scoring low or will turnovers and mistakes make this game go over?
The safe play here is Steelers moneyline. Don’t mess around with the spread line and don’t be afraid to lay a little extra on Pittsburgh to make this bet worth your while.
Final score prediction: Steelers win 24-20
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