Joe Judge makes his debut as an NFL head coach on Monday Night Football when his New York Giants host the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. The 38-year-old Judge is the 19th head coach in franchise history and replaces Pat Shurmur, who led the team to a 4-12 record last year. Judge spent the last eight seasons with the New England Patriots, including last year as the special teams and receivers coach. On Monday Night Football, his Giants will try to win just their second season-opening game since 2011.

Their last season-opening win came in 2016, and kickoff is at 7:10 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh is a six-point favorite, while the over-under for total points scored is 46 in the latest Giants vs. Steelers odds from William Hill. Before locking in any Steelers vs. Giants picks, make sure you see the Monday Night Football predictions from SportsLine’s Micah Roberts.

Roberts worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for more than 20 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos’ book director. Armed with an unmatched network of sources, the former bookmaker became a SportsLine expert in 2016.

He also has been uncanny with his picks in games involving the Giants. In fact, he is 10-3 in his last 13 NFL picks involving New York. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, he has set its sights on Steelers vs. Giants. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NFL odds from William Hill and trends for Giants vs. Steelers:

  • Giants vs. Steelers spread: Pittsburgh -6
  • Giants vs. Steelers over-under: 46 points
  • Giants vs. Steelers money line: Pittsburgh -250, Giants +205
  • PIT: RB James Conner led team in rushing yards (464) in 2019
  • NYG: QB Daniel Jones passed for 3,027 yards and 24 TDs last season

Why the Steelers can cover

Pittsburgh’s offense will face a Giants defense that struggled against the pass last season. New York allowed 264.1 passing yards per game last year, fifth-most in the NFL.

The Steelers return their top five pass-catchers from last season, including Diontae Johnson, who led the team in receptions (59) and receiving touchdowns (five) while playing almost all of the season without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. 

In addition, Pittsburgh figures to get constant pressure on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. The Steelers led the NFL in sacks last season, with 54, and the team’s best sack artists — T.J. Watt (14.5), Bud Dupree (11.5) and Cameron Heyward (nine) — are all back. They’ll face a New York offensive line that allowed 43 sacks in 2019, the 11th-most in the league. 

Why the Giants can cover

The defense is coming off a season in which it was one of the best in the league against the run. New York allowed 3.9 rushing yards per carry in 2019, good for fourth in the NFL. On Monday, the Giants face a Pittsburgh team that averaged just 3.7 yards per rush, third worst in the league, a year ago.

After dealing with an ankle injury last season, running back Saquon Barkley is healthy to start 2020. In addition, new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has a history of featuring running backs while the head coach in Dallas.

How to make Steelers vs. Giants picks

Roberts is leaning under on the total, but his much stronger play is on the spread. He’s found a critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread hit hard on Monday Night Football. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.

So who wins Giants vs. Steelers on Monday Night Football? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Steelers vs. Giants spread you should jump on Monday, all from the former Vegas bookmaker who is 10-3 on picks involving the Giants, and find out. 

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