NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups

NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Let's get a couple things out of the way first. The first few weeks of this season could be even more chaotic than usual from a prognosticating standpoint thanks to the lack of preseason games or a normal training camp, and just the general miasma of 2020. The range of outcomes for all teams is going to be a lot wider, even if they are who you think they are. There are also some basic assumptions about lines and spreads that could prove to be way off. For instance, the rule of thumb regarding home-field advantage is that it's worth about three points. What's it worth in this season, though, with few or no fans in the stands to drown out play calls for the visitors and sway the officials? Two points, one point, nothing at all? Would it be all that big a surprise if road teams saw historic amounts of success in 2020?

Still, we have to make do with what we have, and what we think is true. So let's get down to it, boppers.

Pittsburgh at New York Giants (+6), o/u 47.5
Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

The Steelers squandered an amazing, team-wide defensive performance last year because they didn't have an adequate backup in place for an aging QB who'd apparently been playing through pain in his throwing arm for more than a decade, and then stubbornly stuck with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges under center after both had proven they didn't have what

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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