Intriguing Game- Week 13
New York Giants (8-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
Giants: In a conference where you’ve heard about the Seattle Seahawks, the Dallas Cowboys of course and what they’ve done but what about the New York Giants? A new head coach, they revamp the defensive side of the ball after struggling so much to hold leads at the end of games along with the offense taking care of the football and Odell finally playing ball and not letting his emotions get the best of him. Right now, this is the third best team in the NFC and we’ve seen them go on runs before. It’s resulted in Super Bowl victories. Next to Seattle, this could be a team I wouldn’t want to see come playoff time if they do indeed make it. The one thing they really need to improve on is running the football and they’ll be fine moving forward. This is the beginning of a tough stretch of games for the Giants. They still have three more divisional games to play, they face the Lions and Sunday, they’ll play the Steelers at that gigantic ketchup bottle.
Steelers: It’s been an interesting season for them. Coming into the year, the Steelers were the favorites by many to be the top seed in the AFC and represent the conference in the Super Bowl and it sure looked that way when everything started back up then injuries came in and plagued them. Ben Roethlisberger injured his knee and at one point, I think he rushed back too quickly. I understand those guys want to get back on the field as soon as possible, but rushing it sooner can sometimes come back and haunt you and that’s exactly what happened when he returned and they played the Ravens in Baltimore. His mobility was limited and he was still limping noticeably. Since then, he hasn’t looked bad at all. What’s been hurting the team has been Antonio Brown’s celebrations which result in penalties and one penalty can hurt the whole team. As a defense, the front seven once again is their biggest strength and they’ve carried the secondary. It’s December and the final stretch begins for the playoffs.
Giants Player To Watch: Janoris Jenkins– This is why you sign guys to the contracts you do for games like this and he will have to bring his A game on Sunday as he will probably be the primary guy on Antonio Brown throughout the game. That’s a challenge in and of itself when you have to prepare to defend the best wide receiver in the game today.
Steelers Player To Watch: William Gay– Just like the Giants are preparing to face AB, the Steelers will also have their work cut out for them in facing Odell. He’s been one of their more consistent guys in the secondary and come Sunday, he’ll be seeing a lot of number 13.
Prediction: Both teams enter with a lot to play for. The Giants are winners of six games in a row and a win here would give them a ton of momentum heading into their battle with Dallas the following week. The Steelers right now would not make the playoffs if they started today. Although the Ravens and Steelers both have identical records, the Ravens own that head to head tie breaker. I like the Steelers at home in this one. Steelers 28 Giants 24