The New York Giants made plenty of mistakes against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one of the 2020 regular season, but they also showed plenty of promise. It was always going to be a tumultuous task to take down a strong Pittsburgh team, composed of veterans and one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Ultimately, they were too much for the Giants to handle with a new head coaching staff and 13 new starters on the roster. Nonetheless, they exerted plenty of energy and flew around the field in the first half of the game. Heading into the second quarter down just six points, the Giants had their opportunities to stay in the game, but a costly interception in the red zone by Daniel Jones lost the momentum.
Cutting down the turnovers and better offensive line play will prove to be a significant catalyst for success moving forward, but it will take time for the team to gel.
Three New York Giants’ players who stood out in loss to the Steelers:
1.) Blake Martinez
The Giants replaced Alec Ogletree with Blake Martinez this off-season, and he had a stellar game against the Steelers on Monday night. Racking up 12 total tackles and eight solos, Martinez was flying around the field and played extremely well in run defense. He was fine in coverage but was tasked primarily with stopping the run. He was a standup performer for the Giants on defense and proved his worth. I expect him to be a focal point for them moving forward.
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) September 14, 2020