What an opening weekend the NFL brought us. Some great games and even better betting action. That will remain the case for Week 1’s Monday Night Football matchup. The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to line up against the New York Giants. Two of the more unpredictable teams in 2020.
The Steelers will see their franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, take the field for the first time in about a year. The Giants will take the field with their young core on both sides of the ball, and see what Daniel Jones can do in year two as the starting quarterback. Who knew that following Eli Manning would be such a difficult task? Jones is finding that out.
Both teams come into Monday’s contest as healthy as they will likely be for the rest of the 2020 season, which fares well for viewers. Kick-off is set for 8:10 ET on ESPN with their new Monday Night broadcasting team.
One Last Ride?
Pittsburgh heads into 2020 after their roster has underplayed the past few seasons. The question on Steelers’ fans minds, “does Big Ben have what it takes to give us one last ride?” Roethlisberger will go down as one of the toughest quarterbacks in history, if nothing else. If Big Ben is healthy all season, you can all but guarantee a playoff run by the Steelers.
As far as the weapons that Rothlisberger will utilize this season, he should have plenty of firepower. Juju Smith-Shuster returns as Ben’s number one wideout. James Conner will once again receive the bulk of the work out of the backfield. Diontae Johnson will play number two alongside Smith-Shuster.
It remains to be seen what kind of chemistry the Steelers offense will bring to the table. Roethlisberger shouldn’t take long to get into rhythm. That being said, it will be his first in-game throws to Johnson. Don’t anticipate much lag from Rothlisberger, he remembers how this is done, I can assure you of that.
First of Many?
While Steelers fans are hoping Rothlisberger can take them for one last ride, Giants fans hope that Daniel Jones can take them on his first ride. Jones’s biggest weapon this season comes in the form of a solid running back in Saquon Barkley. He also still has Sterling Shepard, who is finally healthy.
His biggest receiving threat may come from the tight end spot in Evan Engram. Engram has been a top 10 tight end that past few seasons and hopes to continue in 2020. When it comes to the defense, from both teams, there are question marks everywhere. Those question marks won’t become exclamations until after week 1’s contest.
Giants fans will also get to watch Jason Garrett, former Cowboys head coach, coordinate their offense for the first time. I’m sure they’ll have mixed emotions on the subject, but Jones should appreciate the former quarterback being at the helm. For Giants fans and bettors, it will be a lot to take in.
So, how was your betting weekend? The answer to that question could answer many questions on how to bet Monday night. Do you have a parlay with one last result on it? Need a little double or nothing action? Does your fantasy squad need to grab you 20 more points? So much can play into Monday nights during the NFL season.
Pittsburgh is favored by six points heading into the game, with an over/under of 45. Always interesting to see where Vegas lays the lines on Week 1, but this one looks a bit wide. The Giants should be able to keep this one close with Barkley in the backfield. Take the Giants, the six points, and the under. Good luck.