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Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0 vs New York Giants 1-0 Pre-Season (Game 2)

The New York Giants’ will open up their new stadium.. Well sort of. The Giants’ will have their first home game in the new stadium, just a week after playing visitors in their own home to the Jets. Tonight’s game will be played without Eli Manning and backup QB Jim Sorgi. Tonight will be the Rhett Bomar show. The Steelers’ are playing tonight’s game with a offensive line still searching for answers. Also, Big Ben Roethlisberger will be playing in tonight’s game. Roethlisberger, as we know, is suspended the first 6 games, likely four, for violating the N.F.L.’s personal conduct policy. Tonight also marks the return of Kenny “Superman” Phillips, as he will be returning for the firs time since having microfracture surgery last season. Keith Bulluck will also be in action tonight, so both prime players will look to regain their form before injury.

Players to Watch:

Keith Bulluck and Kenny Phillips Return: Both Phillips and Bulluck WILL play in tonights game. Bulluck the linebacker, was signed after he wasn’t resigned by Tennessee. Phillips is back from major knee surgery. Can Phillips stay on track to return to opening day? Can Bulluck stay healthy and return to pro-bowl form? We shall get a glimpse of it tonight!

Rhett Bomar: The Giants’ have only carried two QB’s the past few seasons, so Bomar may end up getting cut. He tonight is fighting for a roster spot. Bomar will play the first three quarters, something that is rare in pre-season game. The Giants’ will likely be running a ton tonight, as they try to re-establish the running game, but Bomar will get plenty of chances to make plays. Bomar, the former Oklahoma standout, will get a chance to prove he has talent in tonights game. It’s Bomar’s time to shine.

Brandon Jacobs: Ahmad Bradshaw is quietly having another great camp and pre-season. While it seems Jacobs will end up being the starter on day one, that doesn’t guarantee the 6 foot 4 back he’ll be the starter ending the season. Jacobs needs to get himself back on track and go north to south, not east to west. With injuries to both starting guards, who will be out tonight, it may be tough to pound it inside, but look for the Giants’ to try anyway.

Sinorice Moss: The former Miami Hurricane standout will get a chance tonight to prove he should be on the roster. With Ramses Barden out for what could be a while, Moss will fight to keep his spot. With the emergence of U-Mass standout Victor Cruz, the second round pick Moss, who once had great expectations, may end up being the victim of a crowded wide-out position. I wouldn’t be shocked if Moss get’s some chances to return some punts and kicks to see if he can add value their, too.

Victor Cruz: The Monday night sensation will get a chance to play again tonight and prove last week wasn’t just a fluke. Cruz will also get a chance to take back kicks and punts tonight. If Cruz can do that well, that will all but sure up his spot on the roster.

Osi Umenyoria: The talented defensive linemen is still battling Mathias Kiwanuka for the starting end spot opposite Justin Tuck. Umenyoria did nothing to stand out last week against the Jets, but neither did Kiwi. However, Kiwi still has the starting spot, and unless Osi has a great game tonight, it doesn’t appear he’ll be the starter come opening day. Osi still has a few more games to prove he should be the starter, but tonight, against a weak offensive line, will be his best shot to gain some ground.

Shawn Andrews: It reamins to be seen if the newly signed offensive linemen will play tonight, but if he does, it will be interesting to see how he does. He’s a three time pro-bowler, so we know he has talents. But bout’s with depression and lingering back problems have forced him to miss 14 games and only play in a few since 2008. Andrews may get a shot tonight, and if he does well, Resse may have just made another brilliant investment. But time will tell, though.

Matt Dodge: The 7th round rookie punter had an awful day last week, having one punt blocked and having a few shanks. Head Coach Tom Coughlin say’s he’s not concerned, but we know he is. If Dodge struggles again, you may see the Giants’ place some calls to free-agent punters, fast.

The Players To Watch

Ben Roethlisberger: The two time N.F.L. Champion will likely start tonight and get a chance to play for the first time since being suspended. Big Ben has tons of talent, but will he be rusty?

Offensive Line: The injured offensive line will be the question of tonight’s game. It remains to be seen if the O-Line will hold up this season, and with the Giants’ likely coming tonight, it will interesting to see how they do handling a tough rush and blitz.

Mike Wallace: The wide-out will now be in a full time starting role with the troubled Holmes being traded to the Jets. Will Wallace be able to grasp the role? The coaches will be watching, and tonight’s a great night for him to prove it.

Prediction:

Like I said last week, the outcome of the game means nothing. This game is to gauge the Giants’ depth, how Rhett Bomar will do, how the running game will fair and to see some starting battles. Winning this game will give them some confidence, losing it won’t matter much. I predicted the Giants’ to win last week, so my pre-season ranking is 1-0.

Giants 20 Steelers 24

I see Pittsburgh pulling this one off. Lawrence Tynes will nail two kicks and the Giants’ will pound one in the end-zone. Bomar will do a solid job throwing a touch-down and managing the game. I actually see Sinorice Moss having a good game, making the roster fight for that final WR spot much more interesting.

I won’t be Tweeting this one, I’ll be at the stadium enjoying this one in the comfort of my expensive PSL Seats. Until next game, take care!


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One Response to “Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0 vs New York Giants 1-0 Pre-Season (Game 2)”

  1. Frank R says:

    Not able to see the game where I am, but following it on Yahoo. One thing I have noticed Dodge has 3 punts for a 45.7 avg, but has rturns of 14, 11, 18 giving him a net of 31.4. The experiment is over we need a punter.

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