The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t always had the best secondary in the world, but this year, they rank first in the league, allowing just 182.6 yards per game. This is going to be quite the test for QB Eli Manning and the New York Giants, who will take on the Steelers this weekend at MetLife Stadium.
Manning has been up and down over the course of the year, and he is having a hard time keeping control of the football. He has thrown just one touchdown over the course of his last two games, and he has three picks in that time as well. Manning also only completed 51.7 percent of his passes last week against the Dallas Cowboys, and he is going to have a tougher time against a more ferocious defense.
Ironically, this was one of the few games that the receiving corps was really intact. All four of Manning’s receivers, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Victor Cruz, WR Rueben Randle, and WR Ramses Barden, as well as TE Martellus Bennett were all playing. When Manning has been at his best this year though, seems to be when he has been without some of his best receivers. Nicks has only really played in three full games this year, and he has been involved in two others that he was injured or hampered in.
The Steelers have allowed an average of just 141.0 passing yards and 1.0 touchdowns per game, and they aren’t going to make this game easy for Manning and the G-Men.
Manning has played twice against the Giants in his career, throwing for 381 yards and three TDs against just one pick. New York won one of the two games but covered both.