2012 Week 9 5* NFL Pick: GIANTS -3

The Knicks did it. Now it is up to the GIANTS. Respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are powering 394.8 yards per game, is a must on Sunday. While the Giants are outscoring their opponents by nearly 9 points per game in their last five games with a 2nd ranked passing attack powering over 321 passing yards per game at Home this season, their defense is allowing nearly 400 yards per game. The good news for Giants fans is that the Steelers are 1-2 SU and ATS in its last three Road games, allowing over 23 points per game. The better news is that the Steelers 27th ranked Road rushing attack that is managing only 3.63 yards per rush will force Roethlisberger to the air where the Giants are +13 in turnovers in 2012; ranked #2 in interceptions thanks to the spirited play of Stevie Brown. The Giants will also look to capitalize on the Steelers fumbling troubles with pressure from a defensive line that has 21 sacks to their credit. Allowing only 2.88 points per game in the first quarter, Manning, 103 rating, will need to get off to a quick start and add to his 17 touchdown total; the Giants averaging 9 points per game in the 2nd quarter. #1 ranked Giants offensive line will need to keep the Steelers 24th ranked defensive line at bay. Allowing only 182 yards per game, the Giants will need its rushing attack, 4.4 rushing yards per play, to leave second and third and short. Carrying New Jersey on their shoulders, expect the Giants to continue their 8-1 record ATS as -3 to +3 games, 10-2 ATS versus winning teams over the last two seasons.

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  1. LOSER>>Steelers 24 – GIANTS 20 – Isaac Redman scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, as the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied past the New York Giants, 24-20, in a battle between two storied franchises that have combined to win four of the past seven Super Bowls. With Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer sidelined due to injuries, Redman carried the ball 26 times for a career-high 147 yards for the Steelers (5-3), who have won three in a row. Ben Roethlisberger completed 21-of-30 passes for 216 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for Pittsburgh, which was forced to fly into Newark on Sunday morning due to the lack of hotel rooms in the New York- New Jersey area because of damage from Hurricane Sandy. Eli Manning connected on 10-of-24 passes for 125 yards and an interception for the Giants (6-3), who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Of course, Manning and Roethlisberger were both drafted back in 2004. Manning was selected No. 1 overall by the San Diego Chargers and was traded to the Giants. Since then, Manning has been Super Bowl MVP twice. Roethlisberger has also won a pair of Super Bowl rings since being selected by the Steelers. Andre Brown carried the ball seven times for 20 yards and a score. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 48 yards on 15 carries.

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