Teams on opposite ends of the turnover spectrum a year ago meet on Monday Night Football when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the New York Giants. Despite finishing just 8-8, the Steelers were plus-eight with 38 takeaways and 30 giveaways, while the Giants were minus-17 with 16 takeaways and 33 giveaways. This will be the first time the teams will meet in a season-opener in New York. The last time the teams met on Kickoff Weekend was on Sept. 15, 1968.
The first half of a Monday Night Football doubleheader is slated to start at 7:10 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium, and Pittsburgh allowed 304.1 yards per game a year ago, while New York gave up 377.3. Pittsburgh is favored by six in the latest Steelers vs. Giants odds from William Hill after the line opened at -3.5, while the over-under is 46. Before locking in any Giants vs. Steelers picks, make sure you see the NFL predictions from SportsLine's proven projection model.
The SportsLine Projection Model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception five years ago. It also enters the 2020 NFL season on an incredible 96-65 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.
The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
- Steelers vs. Giants spread: Steelers -6
- Steelers vs. Giants over-under: 46 points
- Steelers vs. Giants money line: Steelers -245, Giants +205
- PIT: WR James Washington set career highs in catches (44), receiving yards (735) and touchdowns (3) last year
- NYG: WR Sterling Shepard led the team with 57 receptions in 2019, his fourth straight 50-plus catch season
Why the Steelers can cover
Pittsburgh secured its 16th consecutive season with a .500 record or better in 2019. Only the Patriots have a longer streak at 19. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Steelers have dominated NFC opponents, going 113-70-1. Offensively, Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has 80-plus receiving yards in four of his past five games against NFC opponents. He has at least five catches and 100 receiving yards in two of his past three appearances on Monday Night Football.
Another weapon at wide receiver is James Washington, who set career highs in catches (44), receiving yards (735) and touchdown receptions (three) a year ago. He was credited with 13 big plays and converted 31 first downs.
Why the Giants can cover
Offensively, New York returns one of its top receivers, Darius Slayton, who played in 14 games a year ago. Slayton led the Giants with 740 yards receiving on 48 receptions (15.4 average) with eight touchdowns, which tied for the most among rookies in the NFL. He became the first rookie since 2014 with three games of multiple touchdown catches. He also had 12 explosive plays, the most on the team, and converted 32 first downs.
New York will have the advantage of being an unknown commodity on Monday Night Football. With the team having an entirely new coaching staff and an overhauled roster, the Steelers will be getting their first look at the new-look Giants. On the other hand, New York should have an idea what to expect from Pittsburgh since the Steelers' only significant coaching change was the addition of quarterbacks coach Matt Canada.
In addition, the defense is positioned to have success stopping Pittsburgh's run game. Last season, the Giants allowed 3.9 yards per carry, which ranked fourth in the NFL. On Monday, they'll meet a Steelers offense that struggled running the ball last year, averaging just 3.7 yards per rush, third worst in the league.
How to make Giants vs. Steelers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says the Steelers will be limited to under two passing TDs and one rushing score, while the Giants' offense will be held to two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing. It also says one side of the spread cashes more than 50 percent of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Steelers vs. Giants on Monday Night Football? And which side of the spread cashes over half the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Giants vs. Steelers spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $7,000 on its top-rated NFL picks, and find out.