For 50 years Monday Night Football has given us a reason to look forward to Mondays. The iconic broadcast showcases the best the NFL has to offer. From armchair Quarterbacks to pitcher and wing deals, from Cossell to Levy, all our rowdy friends are here for Monday Night.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants
The Steelers and Giants share more than just longevity and passionate fan bases however, the families that own the two teams, the Rooney’s and the Mara’s are also related. Perhaps you’ve heard of actress Rooney Mara? Alongside sister Kate, Rooney was born into both sporting families. But this isn’t your normal family reunion, so lets get down to it.e sentences.
Pittsburgh’s Keys to Victory: Aerial Attack All-Day
With Ben Roethlisberger back so is the Steelers passing game. If his surgically repaired elbow is truly at 100% he’s gonna want to come out throwing early and often to shut the naysayers up. With Juju Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Diontae Johnson and tightends Vance Mcdonald and Eric Ebron he has the weapons to do just that.
On the Defensive side of the ball the Steelers will have one of the leagues best this season. TJ Watt will pressure Daniels all night long on while Devin Bush drops back into coverage. Minkah Fitzpatrick will be a nightmare if Daniel Jones does manage to get the ball deep down the field.
New York’s Keys to Victory: Don’t Stop Saquon.
This Giant’s offense shouldn’t be overlooked based on their disappointing 2019 campaign. A lot of impact players spend time on the sidelines for one reason or another. Despite that Daniel Jones threw for 3027 yards and 24 Touchdowns last year, and he has more weapons this season. Fully healthy Saquon Barkley is the best back in the league, and he’s not on my fantasy team this year, so he’ll probably turn in a stellar performance.
Defensively the Giants need to get after Ben early. He has a tendency to over protect after an injury and that can occasionally draw his focus. The Giant D does not want to allow him to get into a rhythm. Take away the run game and get consistent pressure on Ben. If the Giants can do that they may find themselves 1-0 after Monday night.
Both of these offenses are capable of great things this year but defense will win the day on Monday Night. I think Big Ben will connect on a Hail Mary shot within the first two drives but some defensive pressure from the Giants front will slow the game down some after that.
If you’re looking to put a little money on the game Monday night I think the Steelers win, but I see value in the Giants +5.5. The Steelers tend to allow things to stay close well into the fourth.
FINAL: Steelers 23 Giants 20
Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos
In the second game of the Monday Night Football double header we go mile high. The Titans made it all the way to the AFC Championship game last year. Ending Tom Brady’s career as a Patriot and beating Lamar Jackson and the 14-2 Ravens, before falling to the Chiefs. On the other side of the field Melvin Gordon suits up for the first time in a Broncos jersey.
Broncos’ Keys to Victory: Give the Ball to Gordon
Get the ball in Gordon’s hands and let him do his thing. Pro Football Focus ranked Drew Lock as the worst starting quarterback heading into the season. If they have to rely on him to throw it might be a long and potentially cold night in the Mile High City.
Defensively Denver needs to contain Derek Henry. Containing the dual threat is easier said than done, especially with Von Miller likely to miss the season now.
Titans; Keys to Victory: Let Tannehill Go Off, and Get Henry Rolling
Much like the Broncos put the ball in the hands of your proven playmaker. For the Titans that’s Derrick Henry, the 2019 rushing leader. Get him the ball early and often, if it’s off a dump pass in the open field, even better. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill got a shot of life coming over from Miami last season. The Titans have gone 9-7 in the last 4 years with 2 playoff appearances. They can easily build on last year’s AFC Championship appearance with a win Monday Night.
Defensively the Titans went out and got the number 1 defensive free agent Jadeveon Clowney. And that could easily create some mismatches with that Denver offensive line. I think he’ll get to Lock a few times proving just what a solid signing that was for Mike Vrabel’s Titans.
I think this one will go to Tennessee. They are more disciplined and experienced and there’s just too many unknowns on this Denver team that are still finding their identity.
The line on this is telling as well. Tennessee opened up as a 2point underdog and are now favored by 2.5. Von Miller is great but I don’t think he can account solely for a 4.5 point swing so that should tell you where the public stands on this game.
FINAL: Final: Titans 27 Broncos 17
The week ahead is long, you deserve a treat alright. So sit back, relax, it’s time for Monday Night!
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