2014 Season NFL Football Past Picks

August 09, 2014

This pick was released to clients on August 05, 2014 at 2:49PM ET.


Pittsburgh at New York

Saturday 08/09 07:30 PM Eastern

1 unit on Pittsburgh +2.5 (-110) (risk 1 to return 1.91)  RESULT: LOSS

This is the second game for the Giants, and the opener for Pittsburgh. The Steelers look real good with a deep defense that has a lot of youth and talent, plus a balanced offense. The O-line really gelled in the second half of the season in 2013, and for this year the QB rotation is Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, and Landry Jones, two experienced players. The defense was #9 against the pass, #21 against the run, and has tremendous depth. First-round pick linebacker Ryan Shazier teams with Lawrence Timmons as one of the NFL's most dynamic linebacker tandems. The Steelers like second-round defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who might have been a top 10 draft pick if not for a hernia injury last season. The Steelers have been a great team in preseason under Mike Tomlin at 19-10 SU and 17-12 ATS. The Giants offense didn't look that impressive in the Hall of Fame game in a 17-13 win, getting 308 total yards (73 on a late TD). The backups after QB Eli Manning aren't impressive with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib. They had an NFL worst 44 turnovers last year, so the offensive line has new changes which will take time to work. And they face a talented Steelers defensive front here. Last year's preseason opener was a close one between these teams at 18-13. And for 2014 the Giants, defense has already lost new LB Jon Beason (summer injury) and Cornerback Jayron Hosley has been suspended for the first four games, so the coaching staff will be evaluating their depth right away. Back the Steelers.

Steelers 3 0 3 10 16
Giants 7 6 0 7 20



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