EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As the New York Giants prepare to host the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:25 p.m. here at MetLife Stadium, here's one reason for Giants fans to feel good and one reason for concern.
Feeling good: The Steelers are a much tougher team at home and are just 1-3 on the road this year. They're also banged-up at running back, with Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer unlikely to play due to injuries and Isaac Redman in line to start. At full strength and at home, the Steelers would be a threat to beat the Giants with a clock-killing, ball-control type of offense. And they'll still try to do that with Ben Roethlisberger and a short passing game that could take some of the starch out of the Giants' pass rush. But being on the road and undermanned will affect the Steelers' ability to run the kind of offensive game plan they want to run, and the Giants should be able to outscore them.
Cause for concern: On defense, the Giants rely on the ability of their front four to pressure and sack the quarterback. Roethlisberger, who's extremely mobile and adept at extending plays inside and outside the pocket, is very difficult to sack. Pittsburgh has allowed just 14 sacks so far this season, and a lot of that success is because of how slippery Roethlisberger can be behind the line while still keeping his eyes downfield to try to make a play. The Giants' defense faces one of its toughest and most unusual tests of the season in Roethlisberger and will have to be judicious in the way they rush the passer.