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Monday Night Football Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants

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Monday Night Football Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants

2020-09-14 16:30:20

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws on the move. (Image Source: Todd Olszewski / Getty Images)​

WEEK 1 // MONDAY, SEPT. 14, 2020 // 7:10 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 44-30-3 STREAKS: Steelers have won 3 of past 4 LAST GAME: 12/4/16: Giants 14 at Steelers 24 LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/4/12: Steelers 24, Giants 20

PITTSBURGH STEELERS LEADERS (2019 STATS) NEW YORK GIANTS

Mike Tomlin: 2-1 COACH VS. OPP. Joe Judge: 1-0

OFFENSE

Ben Roethlisberger: 35-62-351-0-1-66.0 PASSING Daniel Jones: 284-459-3027-24-12-87.7

James Conner: 116-464-4.0-4 RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 217-1003-4.6-6

Diontae Johnson: 59-680-11.5-5 RECEIVING Sterling Shepard: 57-576-10.1-3

DEFENSE

T.J. Watt: 14.5 SACKS Markus Golden: 10

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Joe Haden: 5 INTs Logan Ryan (Ten.): 4

SPECIAL TEAMS

Dustin Colquitt (KC): 46.0 (41.8) PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 46.1 (42.3)

Chris Boswell: 115 (28/28 PAT; 29/31 FG) KICKING Graham Gano (2018, Car.): 72 (30/33 PAT; 14/16 FG)

STEELERS NOTES

• QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER ranks 8th all-time in career pass yards (56,545) & 9th in career TD passes (363). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 2+ TD passes. Has 90+ rating in 6 of his past 7 vs. NFC East. Has passed for 1,737 yards (289.5 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 119.2 rating in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on MNF.

• RB JAMES CONNER had 715 scrimmage yards (464 rush, 251 rec.) & 7 TDs (4 rush, career-high 3 rec.) in 10 games last season. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. Rushed for 145 yards & TD in his last game on MNF. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD on MNF.

• WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 42 catches for 552 yards & 3 TDs last season. Has 80+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC. Has 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. WR JAMES WASHINGTON set career highs in catches (44), rec. yards (team-high 735) & rec. TDs (3) last season. TE ERIC EBRON makes Pit. debut. Has 16 rec. TDs since 2018, most among TEs. Had TD catch in his last game at NYG (9/18/17 with Det.).

• LB T.J. WATT set career highs in sacks (14.5), FFs (8), PD (8) & INTs (2) last season & was only player in NFL with 5+ FFs & 2+ INTs. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. Has 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 2 on MNF. LB BUD DUPREE had career-high 11.5 sacks & 4 FFs last season. LB DEVIN BUSH led all rookies with 109 tackles & tied for lead with 4 FRs last season. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 9 PD, 5 INTs, FF & 2 TDs last season with Pit. & Mia. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC.

Status Report

    

OUT

G David DeCastro (knee)

Practice Report

    

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

 

Thursday

G David DeCastro (knee), WR Diontae Johnson (foot)

 

Friday

G David DeCastro (knee)

 

Saturday

G David DeCastro (knee), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)

 

    

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

 

Friday

WR Diontae Johnson (foot)

 

Saturday

WR Diontae Johnson (foot)

 

GIANTS NOTES

• QB DANIEL JONES led all rookie QBs with 24 TD passes in 2019, most by rookie in franchise history. Became 3rd rookie QB in league annals with 3+ games (3) of 4+ TD passes.

• RB SAQUON BARKLEY ranks 3rd in NFL with 3,469 scrimmage yards (2,310 rush, 1,159) since 2018. Is 1 of 3 RBs since 1990 (LE’VEON BELL & HOFer EDGERRIN JAMES) with 2,000+ rush yards & 1,000+ rec. yards in 1st 2 seasons. Has 20 career games with 100+ scrimmage yards, tied 4th-most in 1st 2 seasons in league annals. Has 356 scrimmage yards (89 per game) & rush TD in 4 career games on MNF.

• WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 8 rec. TDs in 2019, tied-most among rookies. Became 1st rookie since 2014 (ODELL BECKHAM JR. & MIKE EVANS) with 3+ games (3) of 2+ TD catches. WR GOLDEN TATE had 49 receptions for 676 yards & 6 rec. TDs last season. Had 7 receptions for 86 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (10/29/17 with Det.). WR STERLING SHEPARD led team with 57 receptions in 2019, his 4th-consecutive season with 50+ catches.

• LB BLAKE MARTINEZ makes NYG debut. Had 155 tackles with GB in 2019, 2nd-most in NFL. Leads league with 441 tackles since 2017. LB MARKUS GOLDEN led team with 10 sacks last season, 2nd-career season with 10+ sacks (12.5 in 2016). CB JAMES BRADBERRY makes NYG debut. Had 12 PD & 3 INTs with Car. in 2019. Is 1 of 2 DBs (DARIUS SLAY) with 10+ PD in each of past 4 seasons. S JABRILL PEPPERS was 1 of 2 safeties (MALCOLM JENKINS) with 5+ TFL (5) & 3+ FFs (3) in 2019.

Status Report

    

QUESTIONABLE

LB Tae Crowder (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (hamstring), TE Levine Toilolo (hamstring)

Practice Report

    

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

 

Thursday

DE Markus Golden (illness)

 

    

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

 

Thursday

S Adrian Colbert (illness), LB Tae Crowder (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (hamstring), TE Levine Toilolo (hamstring)

 

Friday

LB Tae Crowder (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (hamstring), TE Levine Toilolo (hamstring)

 

Saturday

LB Tae Crowder (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (hamstring), TE Levine Toilolo (hamstring)

 

    

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

 

Friday

S Adrian Colbert (illness), DE Markus Golden (illness)

 

Saturday

S Adrian Colbert (illness), DE Markus Golden (illness)

 

 
 
 

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