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Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger makes return in prime time vs. Giants

Steelers at Giants

Monday, 7:15 p.m. ET | ESPN

Matchup rating:
42.9 | Spread: PIT -5.5 (47.5)

What to watch for: It's Ben Roethlisberger's first game back from a serious elbow injury that required surgery. Without a preseason this year, he hasn't played in a game since Week 2 of last season. Will Roethlisberger instantly be back to his previous form? It might not be so easy for the 38-year-old. All eyes will be on the future Hall of Fame quarterback against a Giants defense that has some deficiencies on the back end. -- Jordan Raanan

Bold prediction: Pittsburgh running back James Conner rushes for over 100 yards against a leaky Giants' front. The running back is entering a contract year coming off an injury-plagued season. Fully healthy, he's going to capitalize on the chance to be the Steelers' main tailback and run all over the Giants. -- Brooke Pryor

Stat to know: Daniel Jones will be the first Giants QB not named Eli Manning to start a season opener since Kurt Warner in 2004, as well as the second-youngest Giants QB (23) to start the opener in the Super Bowl era (Jerry Golsteyn, 1977). He had 20 touchdowns and three interceptions versus man coverage last season, but four touchdowns and nine interceptions against zone, per ESPN metrics powered by NFL Next Gen Stats. The Steelers' defense led the NFL in Total QBR (24) and interceptions (14) when playing zone coverage.

Injuries: Steelers | Giants

What to know for fantasy: No better time to be healthy than Week 1, and in eight career games with 20-plus touches, Conner averages 29.3 fantasy points per game (10 TDs in those games). See Week 1 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Steelers are 16-2 outright and 10-8 ATS on Monday night under Mike Tomlin. Read more.

Pryor's pick: Steelers 27, Giants 14

Raanan's pick: Giants 27, Steelers 25

FPI prediction: PIT, 59.3% (by an average of 3.5 points)

Matchup must-reads: Roethlisberger nervous for his first game in a year ... State of the Giants: Jones, Judge are reasons for optimism ... Mom knows best: Steelers' Smith-Schuster ready to have fun again ... Giants 2020 season preview: How bright is the future with Jones?

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