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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants NFL Week 1 Picks, Betting Lines and Analysis

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants NFL Betting preview and best bets
  • by Anthony Carpenter
  • September 13th, 2020
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The best offshore gambling sites favor the Pittsburgh Steelers by 5.5 points over the New York Giants in their 2020 NFL regular-season Monday Night Football opener on September 14 at 7:15 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.

Steelers vs. Giants NFL Week 1 Odds by SportsBetting.ag

TeamSP/RLTOTALML
Steelers-5½ (-115)47½ (-111)-250
Giants+5½ (-105)47½ (-109)+207
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Betting Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are, according to the best online sportsbooks, the road favorites. Pittsburgh officially announced their roster cuts on Saturday. This marks their initial 53-man roster for the 2020 season. The Steeler decided to keep five receivers on the 53-man roster. They cut Saeed Blacknall, DeAndre Thompkins, Deon Cain, Amara Darboh, and Ryan Switzer. Word has it that Switzer was having a strong camp. Many thought he was a shoo-in to make the team. Either as the fourth or fifth receiver and returner. However, Diontae Johnson was named punt returner on Friday, which did not bode well for Switzer.

Of the six rookies drafted in 2020 five remains. Safety Antoine Brooks Jr. was among those cut Saturday. Brooks is a player who needs development in order to make any roster. This non-traditional offseason could not accommodate him.
The Steelers decided to keep four running backs on their initial roster. At this same time last year, there were just three. Speculators prognosticated that maybe Jaylen Samuels could be a cut-down casualty. Actually, it was Kerrith Whyte, along with Trey Edmunds and Wendell Smallwood.

Linebacker Alex Highsmith had the most outstanding camp out of the Steelers 2020 class. He will likely be rotating on the right and left, spelling T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree when one needs a hit. However, the Steelers were light at the edge, and they’re even lighter now. Tuzar Skipper and Jayrone Elliott were both cut. It would be surprising if Skipper or Elliott don’t return if they clear waivers come tomorrow at noon. Both were on and off the 2019 practice squad, so at the very least the Steelers are familiar with them.

Betting NY Giants

The Blue Boys are, per the best offshore gambling sites, the home dogs. The Giants have also completed the first large-scale roster reduction. They removed 28 players to reach the regular-season limit of 53 players. The list of cuts included two quarterbacks (Cooper Rush and Alex Tanney). Two players from the Giants’ 2019 draft class (inside linebacker Ryan Connelly and defensive tackle Chris Slayton). And one from the 2020 class (cornerback Chris Williamson).

Also cut were wide receivers Johnny Holton, Alex Bachman, Derrick Dillon, Austin Mack, and Binjimen Victor. Running back Tavien Feaster. Tight ends Eric Tomlinson and Garrett Dickerson. Offensive linemen Jon Halapio, Eric Smith, Tyler Haycraft and Kyle Murphy. Defensive linemen Daylon Mack and Niko Lalos. Linebacker Josiah Tauaefa. Defensive backs Grant Haley, Montre Hartage, Brandon Williams, Dravon Askew-Henry, KeiVarae Russell, Jarren Williams and Prince Smith, Jr. And long snapper Carson Tinker.

The roster moves will continue tomorrow. The Giants can form their 16-player practice squad. Linebacker David Mayo (knee) and rookie safety Xavier McKinney (foot) are both candidates for the injured reserve list. They would be eligible to return after missing a minimum of three games. The Giants could also pad their roster out by claiming players waived by other teams. The cuts leave the Giants with two quarterbacks in Daniel Jones and Colt McCoy. However, both Rush and Tanney are practice squad-eligible.

Practice squad eligibility has been overhauled this year. Before, a player was ineligible to join a practice squad if he had more than three seasons in the NFL. Under the new rules, teams can keep up to six players on the squad regardless of their time in the league.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants NFL Week 1 Pick

The Giants, although not favored by the best offshore gambling sites, will win and cover, and the total will go under.