Giants' tough test vs. Steelers
The Giants survived a wild game against the Cowboys last Sunday, winning 29-24 in Dallas. A win is a win, and this was the Giants' fourth in a row, to give the team a three-game lead in the NFC East.
Yet there were some troubling issues during their last game that could haunt them on Sunday when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are a few of them.
Getting the ball rolling
Offensive firepower is the calling card of these Giants this season, yet they managed just 11 first downs and one offensive touchdown in Dallas. Fortunately, five Lawrence Tynes field goals and a defensive touchdown by Jason Pierre-Paul bailed them out. If the G-Men thought the Cowboys' defense was troublesome, the Steelers feature the top passing D and the ninth-ranked rushing D.
Holding the lead
After running out to a 23-0 lead through the game's first 17 minutes, the Giants surrendered four unanswered scoring drives to give the Cowboys a 1-point lead entering the fourth quarter. While Big Blue rallied to win, two-time Super Bowl-winning Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger knows a thing or two about rallying his troops to victory.
Stopping the pass
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw four interceptions, but still managed to move the ball through the air to the tune of 437 yards.
Roethlisberger is far less mistake-prone than Romo, which makes the need to keep Steelers receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown covered paramount. Creating pressure with Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora will help to make the secondary's job easier.