Ex-NFL player and Cincinnati Bearcat Latish Kinsler joins Lifestyle Sports Agency to head football division

Latish Kinsler has agreed to join LifeStyle Sports Agency as its new President of Football Operations.

A New Jersey native, Kinsler was a former NFL player who transitioned into representing players and became a successful real estate investor.

Kinsler’s rise started from humble beginnings.

At an early age, he learned discipline, work ethic, and perseverance from his father, Hinton Kinsler, who was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Kinsler, who also earned a blackbelt in Karate, credits his father for his athletic success. In high school, Kinsler was a standout multi-sport athlete (Football, Basketball, and Track). After receiving scholarship offers in each sport, he accepted a football scholarship from the University of Cincinnati. He was a four-year starter with the Bearcats and ended his career at UC 5th all-time in interceptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Kinsler as a priority free agent in the 1994 NFL Draft.

Latish Kinsler posed for a photo with his Pittsburgh Steelers’ 75th-anniversary jersey during training camp.

Along with the Steelers, he spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets but never appeared in a regular-season game. He ended his professional career by playing two seasons in the now-defunct Arena Football League.

After his playing career, Kinsler became a real estate investor. But he was drawn back to the sport. He joined a sports management company where he spent over a decade learning the business of professional athletics, negotiating contracts, cultivating relationships, and leveraging on his experiences as a former athlete.

“I didn’t have the success I envisioned as a player but I developed long-standing relationships with former coaches/teammates who are currently coaching or in front-office positions in the NFL. This allows me to receive honest evaluations and feedback on my clients from decision matters.” Kinsler told Empire Sports Media.

Kinsler is returning to the sports agency business after a five-year hiatus. The time away was spent training and preparing his son, Jordan Kinsler, for high school football.

“There was no way I could continue working in the business and not prepare my son to become a successful high school athlete. I wanted to make sure he had every opportunity to reach his goals as a student and football player,” Kinsler said.

Jordan is currently a freshman running back at Rutgers University.

Kinsler finally decided to venture back into the sports agency business with his son weaving his own football career.

“I felt this was the perfect time to resume my career and make an impact on athletes’ lives,” Kinsler said. “It’s not a job, it’s my passion.”

Kinsler is childhood friends with LifeStyle Sports Agency founder and CEO Omar Cooper. The agency prides itself on its hands-on process and a culture built on development on and off the field. They are looking forward to representing more high-character individuals who want to be great people and great players.

As President of Football Operations for LifeStyle Sports Agency, Kinsler’s role will be crucial in identifying prospective NFL players, overseeing combine/pro day training, assisting with contract negotiations, and cultivating holistic relationships with the athletes and their families.

Kinsler has a wealth of experience to help athletes navigate through the ups and downs of their careers. He loves the process that is required for athletes to maximize their ability. He wants their athletes to have the same mindset. For him, it’s a lifestyle.

“There’s no shortcut to success,” Kinsler said.

The Atlanta-based Lifestyle Sports Agency is a full-service management company that represents athletes in basketball and football. LSA’s athletes include Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaac Okoro, Atlanta Hawks’ Sharife Cooper, Los Angeles Sparks’ Te’a Cooper, and Las Vegas Aces Dearica Hamby.

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BREAKING NEWS: New York Jets trade LB Avery Williamson to Pittsburgh (Report)

The veteran linebacker has been dealt from the winless New York Jets to the undefeated Steelers after two-plus seasons in green.

Reports have dictated that the New York Jets will be trading linebacker Avery Williamson to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft in exchange for a fifth-round choice that same year. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News first reported the transaction, while Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed it.

Williamson, 28, was in the midst of his third season with New York, joining the team on a three-year, $22.5 million contract signed during the 2018 offseason, which included $16 million guaranteed. He would later earn a team-best 120 tackles during his debut season, as well as six pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles. In his most notable game in green, Williamson earned five tackles, three pass breakups, and an interception during the Jets’ 42-34 win over Indianapolis.

The middle season of that deal was cut drastically short due to injury, as Williamson was lost for the season after tearing his ACL during a preseason game in Atlanta. He returned to action this season, posting 59 tackles over seven games, including a team-best nine in their 35-9 loss to Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. Williams previously earned another interception in another loss to Arizona back on October 11.

Being in the final year of his deal made Williamson prime trade bait with the league deadline approaching at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Jets have dealt with problems in the interior linebacker spots with Blake Cashman dealing with another injury, forcing Neville Hewitt and Harvey Langi to step up. According to Over The Cap, the trade of Williamson will save them just over $2.9 million in 2020 cap space. New York is now armed with nine picks in the 2022 draft, including two in the first (the extra coming from Seattle in the trade for Jamal Adams) and three in the sixth (with the incoming choices from Tampa Bay and San Francisco for Steve McLendon and Jordan Willis respectively).

The Jets (0-8) will return to action next Monday night against the New England Patriots (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants: A More Creative Rushing Attack Is The Key To A Win Against Chicago

New York Giants, Austin Mack, Jason Garrett

The New York Giants‘ rushing attack was shut down in Week One of the 2020 NFL season. The Giants were handed a disappointing loss on Monday night against the stout Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Pittsburgh has one of the best defenses in the league and they absolutely suffocated Saquon Barkley and the Giants’ offensive line.

Saquon Barkley is under criticism this week for his performance as a pass-blocker in Week One. But all are aware of the fact that Saquon is one of the best running backs in the NFL when his offensive line does their job. On Monday night, they did not do their job, and the Giants’ offense suffered from the offensive line’s poor performance.

But is it fair to put all of the blame on the offensive line? This line features a rookie left tackle, a starting center who has never before played that position, and a newly-signed swing tackle starting at right tackle. The lack of continuity across the offensive line led to a multitude of negative rushing attempts. But the offensive line does not deserve all of the blame for the team’s pitiful rushing attack in Week One. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett deserves some blame, too, and he needs to implement a more creative rushing attack in order to beat the Chicago Bears in Week Two.

A Lack Of Creativity

The Giants’ rushing attack in Week One lacked creativity. New York’s running plays were predictable, which is why the Steelers seemed to be in the backfield often before the ball was handed off.

Saquon Barkley was given fifteen rushing attempts in Week One. Of these fifteen attempts, eight of them went wide right and five of them went inside right (according to Next Gen Stats). The Giants barely ran the ball to the left side of the line. One attempt went inside left and one attempt went wide left. For the Giants to only run the ball to the left side of the offensive line twice on fifteen attempts is almost inexplicable.

On the left side of the line are arguably the Giants’ two best run-blocking offensive linemen. Andrew Thomas was an elite run-blocker at Georgia and Will Hernandez is now a veteran left guard. Only thirteen percent of Saquon’s rushing attempts followed these two excellent run-blockers.

An even more perplexing statistic relates to the Giants’ usage of pre-snap motion. Across the NFL, the teams with the best rushing attacks emphasize the usage of pre-snap motion (the Ravens, Chiefs, and 49ers are known to lead the league in pre-snap motion percentage). On Monday night, the Giants utilized snap motion on only 1.6% of their offensive snaps. They used all forms of pre-snap motion on a league-lowest 9.4% of the time.

This lack of creativity in the run-game led to a 15 attempt, 6-yard rushing performance by Saquon Barkley. Saquon is an uber-talented player, but he will only go as far as his offensive line and offensive coordinator allow him. In need of a win in Week Two, the Giants need to emphasize the utilization of a more creative rushing attack in order to allow Saquon Barkley to dominate the Bears’ defense.

New York Giants: Offensive Stars Need To Improve In Week Two

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants are coming off of a disappointing loss to kick off the season. On Monday Night, New York lost to the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers with a final score of 26-16. Despite this loss, there were plenty of positives to draw from the Giants’ performance. However, there were some glaring negatives to take away from it as well.

In particular, the Giants had a couple of disappointing performances on the offensive side of the ball. Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram, two of the Giants’ most dynamic playmakers, need to improve in Week Two if the Giants want to beat the Chicago Bears.

Saquon Barkley Not An Every-Down Back?

Superstar running back Saquon Barkley has received plenty of criticism from the media and fans after his performance in Week One. Most prominently, former Giants star running back Tiki Barber was very critical of Barkley this week. Tiki was quoted saying:

“Saquon Barkley is a great back, but he might not be an every down back. He cannot pass protect. It’s becoming glaring & could become a liability” – Tiki Barber on Saquon Barkley

What Tiki said does have some substance. Obviously, Saquon is a phenomenal running back and should be on the field as much as possible. He is a mismatch as a receiver and a big-play machine as a runner. And it is hard to criticize Barkley’s Week One rushing performance, given the way his offensive line played on Monday night. But Saquon Barkley’s struggles in pass protection have become a glaring weakness in his game.

Saquon let up more than one sack in pass protection on Monday night. According to Pro Football Focus, Saquon Barkley earned a 27.0 pass-blocking grade in Week One. He was a liability in pass protection for the Giants vs the Steelers. Granted, the Giants were facing arguably the best defense and best pass-rush in the NFL in Week One. It is a long season, so Saquon has plenty of time to improve, but he needs to step up and silence the doubters against the Bears in Week Two.

Evan Engram’s Night To Forget

The uber-versatile tight end Evan Engram had maybe the worst game of his career in Week One. With Jason Garrett serving as the team’s new offensive coordinator, Giants fans heard all season long about how big of a role Evan Engram would have with the Giants moving forward.

While Engram did have a substantial role in the Giants’ game plan versus the Steelers, he put together an extremely disappointing performance in that role. Engram was targeted 7 times on Monday but only hauled in 2 receptions for 9 receiving yards. Evan also dropped 2 passes in this game and committed an offensive pass interference penalty that erased a big gain through the air.

Pro Football Focus’s grading for Engram was pretty harsh, too. They gave Engram the worst grade amongst all tight ends in the league, 30.9 overall. Evan was also a complete liability as a blocker, both in pass protection and in the running game. He earned an 18.2 pass-blocking grade and a 32.9 run-blocking grade, both the lowest marks at the position.

Monday’s game was a night for Engram to forget. He will need to bounce back in a major way on Sunday to quiet the critics. Fans and analysts alike have torn Engram to shreds this week, rightfully so. But, like Barkley, Evan has plenty of time to make things right. A strong performance in Week Two versus the Bears will get Engram back on the right track.

New York Giants: Silver Linings From Week One vs Pittsburgh

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants suffered a disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night. After getting off to a good start, the Giants squandered their lead and ultimately lost the game by two possessions. The final score was 26-16.

Despite this loss, there was plenty to like about the Giants’ performance in Week One. Some Solid performances on both sides of the football can encourage Giants fans heading into the second week of the season.

The Silver Linings

Daniel Jones

The Giants’ second-year quarterback, Daniel Jones, played a great game on Monday night. However, he did turn the ball over twice, and it cost the Giants big-time. But outside of those two turnovers, Jones was impressive as can be in Week One.

The Steelers possess one of the best defenses in the NFL. Their run-defense and pass-rush were elite last night. The Steelers held Saquon Barkley to 6 rushing yards and pressured Daniel Jones on 26 of his passing attempts. Jones was pressured 6 times more than any other quarterback in the NFL in Week One.

Despite having pressure in his face constantly, and despite not having a solid run game to rely on, Daniel Jones stood in the pocket and made some of the best throws of his career. Jones totaled 279 yards and 2 touchdown passes on 26 attempts.

Jones was particularly good when targeting the middle of the field. When targeting the middle, Jones completed 13 of his 15 passing attempts for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jones was also superb on third down and carried the Giants’ offense at times. If Jones can continue to play at this level while keeping the turnovers down and receiving more help from his offensive line, 2020 could be the year Jones establishes himself as a franchise quarterback.

The Front Seven

The Giants enjoyed multiple impressive performances in their front seven. No one was more impressive than newly-signed inside linebacker Blake Martinez. Martinez recorded 11 tackles (tied for the most of all linebackers in Week One) en route to an 83.9 overall grade by Pro Football Focus. Blake Martinez played like one of the best linebackers in the NFL in Week One.

Lorenzo Carter also had one of the best games of his career on Monday night. Carter recorded 3 pressures, nearly had a sack, and earned an 81.5 overall PFF grade this week. His 3 pressures were tied for the team lead along with Leonard Williams, another player who had an impressive performance.

Leonard Williams recorded a sack and 3 pressures in Week One. Another interior defensive lineman also recorded a sack, though. Dexter Lawrence, the big hog molly out of Clemson started his second season off on the right track, earning a sack in an impressive performance.

The Giants’ defense was most impressive in Week One. The front seven was excellent, seeing multiple players have some of the best individual performances of their careers. This was especially important as the defensive secondary struggled to contain Ben Roethlisberger and his playmakers. The Giants will want to see their front seven build off of an impressive performance in Week Two, while also hoping to see some improvement from their young and inexperienced secondary.

Jones’ Turnovers Prevent Giants From a Possible Upset of Steelers

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants lost their 2020 season opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, 26-16, in a game that was much closer than the score indicates.

Joe Judge’s debut as head coach was as good as advertised. His team fought hard and played together. There was spirit and camaraderie abound but there was also remnants of the Giants from the past several dismal seasons.

“I’ll just tell you right now that I’m proud of how this team fought for 60 minutes,” Judge told reporters after the game. “That’s something I really wanted to see – you guys asked me earlier in the week what I wanted to see from this team, I wanted to see a team that played together for 60 minutes and fought regardless of score, circumstance or situation, and I saw that. I’m proud of how our guys played. Now, obviously there are some things that we have to do to clean up. The mark of a good team is improvement you can make moving on from Week 1. This next week we’ve got a big test, but we’ve got to stop with the turnovers, we’ve got to eliminate the unnecessary penalties, we have to do better at the end of the half, we have to finish ourselves in the red area, so those are the big things that stuck out right there.”

The things the Giants have to clean up aren’t going to be easy. There was the play of the offensive line, which at times was completely embarrassed by the Steelers’ front seven and beyond. The running game was nonexistent as star running back Saquon Barkley could barely find an inch to run. In fact, he lost yards on most of his carries, gaining just six yards in 15 attempts on the ground.

Then there was the play of second-year quarterback Daniel Jones, who once again showed signs of brilliance only to undo his good deeds with senseless turnovers. Jones, who led the NFL in lost fumbles in 2019 as a rookie, did not fumble in this game but his two interceptions led to nine Pittsburgh points as well as taking a possible seven points away from the Giants.

In the second quarter, Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt stepped back and intercepted a pass at the line of scrimmage after reading Jones’ eyes. Great play by Watt to reel the ball in but Jones made it easy on him.

In the third quarter, with the score 16-10 in favor of Pittsburgh, Jones led the Giants on an 18-play, 87-yard, eight minute and 50 second drive down to the Steelers’ four. On the 19th play, Jones took the snap, rolled out left and this is what happened….

Judge took it easy on Jones after the game in media. After all, Jones had to put up with a Steelers’ rush that went uncontested too many times on the evening.

“I like the way he played aggressive. He stood in the pocket – it was obviously a strong rush coming at him all night – he played confident in there, he stood in there as long as he could, he delivered some good, accurate passes for us,” said Judge. “He had two throws I know he wants back down at the goal line, that’s something we can’t have happen. Look, I’ll talk to Daniel a little bit more about it, I’ll watch the tape and make sure we clean up everything involved. That’s definitely something you can’t have, 19-play drive and come away with no points, especially down there in the low red. That’s not acceptable, but I’m proud of the way he played aggressive, I’m proud of the way this team stuck together.”

Let’s hope the Giants make that Week 2 when they head to Chicago to play the Bears next week. It won’t happen if they keep giving points away.

New York Giants: Golden Tate OUT For Season Opener

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants kick off their season at 7:20 p.m. tonight. Wide receiver Golden Tate has been questionable to play in the season opener all week. Now, Golden Tate has officially been ruled out of tonight’s game with a hamstring injury, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones will be without one of his top wide receivers again to start the season. In 2019, Jones never played a single game with all of his playmakers. Daniel Jones never hit the field with Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, and Golden Tate all healthy last season. The Giants’ skill positions looked different week-to-week last year, and the discontinuity is continuing to begin the 2020 season.

Who’s Next?

Filling in for Golden Tate will likely be Damion Ratley. The Giants claimed Ratley off of the waivers last week. He was listed as the second-string wide receiver behind Golden Tate on the Giants’ first depth chart. Ratley spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, totaling 25 catches for 344 yards and 1 touchdown.

The New York Giants are facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL tonight. Being without Golden Tate will be a serious blow to the Giants’ offense. Tate was one of Daniel Jones’s favorite targets last year as he totaled 676 yards and 6 touchdowns in 11 games. There was a strong chance that Tate played tonight, so he should be ready to roll in Week Two despite tonight’s disappointing game-time decision.

New York Giants: Turnover-Free Football The Key To Beating The Steelers In Week One

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Lorenzo Carter

The 2020 NFL season kicked off today after a long, tumultuous offseason. Almost every team played on Sunday, but four teams remain unplayed heading into Monday night. The Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans will face off on Monday, as well as the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Giants are the underdogs in their Week One matchup. They are hosting the rugged Steelers defense at home while installing brand new offensive schemes. For New York, the key to winning their first game of the 2020 season is to play turnover-free football.

Jones Can Not Fumble

The Pittsburgh Steelers possess one of the best defenses in the NFL. In 2019, Pittsburgh led the NFL with 38 forced turnovers. The Steelers intercepted 20 passes (second-most) while holding opposing quarterbacks to only 3,113 passing yards (third-best).

The Giants will have a tough time airing out the football in Week One. The Steelers’ secondary is loaded with playmakers, but they also have the best pass-rush in the NFL. Pittsburgh sacked opposing quarterbacks a league-high 54 times last season. Their 30.5% pressure rate also led the NFL.

Pittsburgh’s incredible pass-rush is led by First-Team All-Pro TJ Watt. JJ Watt’s younger brother was dominant in his third professional season. Last year, TJ put together an insane 14.5 sack performance along with 8 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions. Watt is a versatile talent that forces turnovers with ease and impacts both the run and pass games.

There are other pass-rushers on the Steelers’ defense who pose a serious threat to New York’s new offensive line. Opposite of TJ Watt is Bud Dupree, an edge rusher who totaled 11.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles last season. Those are two talented edge rushers on the Steelers’ defense, but there is also a pretty dominant rusher on Pittsburgh’s interior. Cameron Heyward was also a First-Team All-pro, as he totaled 9 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 2019.

Daniel Jones struggled to hold onto the football last season. As a rookie, Jones fumbled 17 times in 13 starts. This is something that Danny Dimes needs to improve on to take that step forward as a franchise quarterback in 2020. With such fierce pass-rushers who force so many fumbles all over the Steelers’ defense, it is crucial that Daniel Jones keeps the ball off the turf.

Smart Decisions Necessary

Daniel Jones struggled with fumbles last year, but he kept his interception number down for the most part. But as great as the Steelers’ pass-rush is, their secondary is phenomenal, too. That unit is led by third-year superstar Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick is another Steelers player coming off of a 2019 First-Team All-Pro campaign. Minkah intercepted 5 passes last season and forced 2 fumbles. Fitzpatrick also scored 2 defensive touchdowns. He is a turnover machine that must be avoided by Daniel Jones and the Giants’ offense.

The Steelers’ secondary also features veteran Joe Haden and Steven Nelson. The Steelers are bound to force turnovers all season long, but if the Giants can play turnover-free football in Week One, they can keep themselves in this game.

New York Giants: Preview Of Week One Opponent Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t quite coming from as bad a place as the New York Giants, in terms of results last season. But they aren’t coming from a good one, either. Taking a dive into the opponent in week one reveals that both teams have a lot riding on this season but for different reasons.

The Steelers had an 8-8 finish last year. Not the worst season, but not good enough to compete for the AFC North. They have some tough competition in that division this year, too. They’ll be looking to get off to a good start against the Giants, but what do the Steelers bring to the game?

Ben Roethlisberger as a key piece

Big Ben is still with the Steelers and the Giants can expect the result to heavily hinge on dealing with him or not. The Le’veon Bell era is no more in Pittsburgh and the Giants will have to key in on Roethlisberger to shut down the other side.

There’s good reason to believe that Big Ben will be a factor. While he only played in two games last season and the Steelers were left trying out other players such as Mason Rudolph, he threw for 5,129 yards the season prior. That was also a 34 touchdown season, which is the most Roethlisberger has thrown for in his career. He also beat out Patrick Mahomes that season as the passing leader for the league as a whole.

The Steelers have an alright receivers group which should be enough to give trouble to the Giants secondary. The Giants, after all, had to deal with replacing Xavier McKinney and DeAndre Baker close to the start of the season. They also added Eric Ebron as a target at tight end. While Ebron largely hasn’t gotten the desired results, he was a top ten draft pick as a receiving tight end.

Minkah Fitzpatrick will try to lock down Giants

It’s hard to understate the impact from cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick after joining the Steelers. The Dolphins didn’t utilize Fitzpatrick as well as they could have but he proved to be a better fit in the Steelers system and they had a significant reduction in points against after Fitzpatrick entered the lineup. The Giants can expect to have Fitzpatrick on one of their top receivers. Despite a minor injury scare for the Giants receiver, it looks like that will be Darius Slayton.

The Steelers have an otherwise good defense even outside of Fitzpatrick. It looks like they’ll have multiple Pro Bowlers. One of the contenders for that title is T.J. Watt, who had 14.5 sacks last season and managed to outclass his more famous brother.

The defense will be a challenge for the Giants in general but Watt will require specific focus. Especially with the offensive line not being the strongest point for the Giants right now. It’s reasonable to cut rookie Andrew Thomas some slack if he ends up going against Watt directly.

The verdict

All in all, it looks like this is a tough game for the Giants. The Steelers defense isn’t an easy one for second year quarterback Daniel Jones to take on. Additionally, the Steelers may exploit a new offensive line. However, the Steelers themselves are coming off a mediocre year and Ben Roethlisberger is bouncing back from a season where he only played in a couple games. The Giants themselves may find a few things to exploit on the Steelers, and they certainly shouldn’t be written off here.

New York Giants: Feeding Saquon The Key To Success In Week One

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants are about to face off against arguably the best defense in the NFL on Monday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense led the league in forced turnovers last season. The Steelers’ defensive unit features three 2019 First-Team All-Pros and other Pro Bowlers littered throughout.

The Steelers have the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL in TJ Watt and Bud Dupree. The two combined for a total of 26 sacks in 2019 and 12 forced fumbles. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick also totaled 5 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles playing alongside Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. Throwing against this secondary and pass-rush will be a true test for Daniel Jones entering his second NFL season.

For this reason, the Giants need to rely on their best player more than usual in Week One. Saquon Barkley, arguably the most talented running back in the NFL, is the key to success for the Giants on Monday night.

Feed Saquon

Saquon Barkley had an up and down season in 2019. He spent much of the season either on the sideline, nursing an injury, or on the field playing through that injury. When healthy, Barkley was his dominant self, but the Giants’ offense still struggled to use him in an efficient manner.

Entering 2020, Saquon has a brand new offensive line and coaching staff to help him find success. In Week One, Saquon Barkley needs to be fed the ball abundantly in order for the Giants to win. This is not a defense that teams want to air the ball out on. They have playmakers in the secondary and relentless pass-rushers in the front seven. Daniel Jones should not shoulder the load for New York this week.

If there is a weakness on the Steelers’ defense, it is their run defense. While their run defense is not an actual weakness, it is their weakest link, and Saquon Barkley is the Giants’ strongest link. Pounding the rock with Saquon Barkley will tire down the Steelers’ defense and allow the Giants to control the game pacing and game clock.

While the Steelers’ defense allowed the third-fewest passing yards in the NFL last season, their run defense ranked 14th in the NFL, which is still above average, but not dominant like their pass defense. If the Giants want to take down this suffocating Steelers’ defense, they need to control the clock by pounding the rock with Saquon Barkley.