Opening Line: Giants -3 O/U 47.5
Time:Sunday November 4, 2012 4:25 PM EST
Steelers ATS / Over/Under: 3-4 ATS O/U 3-4
Giants ATS / Over/Under: 4-3-1 ATS O/U 3-5
Ok, so besides the undefeated Falcons the Giants (6-2) have to be the hottest team in the NFL winners of 4 straight, but they did not look great in their last win against the Cowboys in the Big D. They gave up a big lead and Eli Manning looked a little shaky. However, with the win the G-Men really took a stranglehold of the NFC East since no other team in the division has a winning record.
The Steelers (4-3) did not get off to a good start, but they have won their last 2 games and one of the main reasons is their ability to run the ball. The Steelers are only 1-3 on the road this season and they are an underdog in this non-conference match up.
Manning has had a great season and he has a solid WR corps with the likes of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, but he his a in for a tough game facing the Pittsburgh pass defense that is the best in the NFL. This is the fact even though the Steelers have been without star S Troy Polamalu, who is out for this game, and their pass rush only has 12 sacks on the season. Manning is tough to beat at home where he has averaged 330 passing yards this season.
The Giants are a tough team to beat when Manning has not had to do it all, which he has had to do in the last couple of games since RB Ahmad Bradshaw has struggled. The Steelers' run defense ranks a legit 9th in the league and they held the Redskins and their great rushing offense in check last week.
Ben Roethlisberger looked good in the win over the Redskins and his main targets of the WR duo of Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace are each averaging over 12 yards per reception on the season. The Giants' pass defense ranks 26th in the league, but they rank 1st in INT. It would greatly help the Giants' secondary if their pass rush, which is led by Jason Pierre-Paul (5.5 sacks), Linval Joseph (4 sacks), and Osi Umenyiora (3 sacks), can pressure Big Ben.
RB's Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman have missed the last 2 games with injuries, but each may return for this game. However, do the Steelers need them? Jonathan Dwyer has rushed for over 100 yards in each of his last 2 games and will be facing a Giants' run defense that did shut down the Cowboys last week, but still only ranks 19th in the league.
Steelers vs. Giants Betting Trends
The Steelers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game, and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
The Giants are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games, 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games facing a team with a winning record, and they have Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
Pick: Have to go with the Giants at home and while the game will be close Manning will lead New York to a win and they will cover the 3-point spread.
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