To set expectations for the players of your own, you have to understand who it is they are lining up against. What type of team will the Steelers be facing on Friday at MetLife Stadium?
Like the Steelers, the Giants tandem at quarterback and wide receiver are sitting out. Sterling Shepard is out, and it is unlikely that Brandon Marshall will play much either. However, this will be a good chance for the Giants to look at Geno Smith and Davis Webb as their depth backups.
Paul Perkins should get some play, and an offensive line with a lot of holes should be playing their starters. It will be good for the Steelers bench defensive lineman to take on the Giants starters, who should likely still be playing into the second quarter.
Without any wide receivers being impacted threats, the Giants should use this time to get a look at rookie tight end Evan Engram. They should at least have him attempt to block, but they will also use him in natural playing ability, by catching passes. Who the Steelers line up on Engram, and who can help slow him down should be pointed out in this game.
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The Giants should be playing their defensive starters for at least a series. That should be a good test for the Steelers offensive line against their defensive front. The team also has depth on the defensive line, so players such as Ethan Cooper, and Matt Feiler could be worth following in the later portions of the game.
The Giants do not have much at linebacker, and they should be playing their starters a lot here. This should be a good matchup for the tight ends, and Jesse James, Xavier Grimble, and Phazahn Odom should be the players to watch because of this.
The secondary, like the defensive line is strong, but their big names should not be playing long. Still, the first series for Dobbs will be a big one as many big names will be standing across from him.