The New York Giants are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now as they’ve won four straight games. However, they shouldn’t rest on their laurels – even though no other team in the NFC East is even above .500 – because the Pittsburgh Steelers are coming to town.
If there are two things the Giants need to work on this week it’s their red zone offense and protecting their home-field advantage. The Steelers are a good road team and the Giants have been anything but a good home team this year. On some levels, the 3-1 record at MetLife Stadium is nothing to frown about but the Giants should be concerned that they lost to the Dallas Cowboys at home and had to dig out of rather large deficits against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns at home, and nearly lost to the Washington Redskins. NFL odds makers are hesitant to make the Giants the NFC favorite until they see them play better at home.
Secondly, the Giants need to improve their red zone offense. Last week, they made four trips into the Cowboys red zone but came away with just one touchdown and three field goals. The Giants don’t have a problem getting into the red zone as they’ve made 36 trips inside their opponents 20 – one of the best in the league. However, they are only converting at a 44.4% clip, which ranks them 26th in the league.
The Giants face a tough Steelers defense this week but one that’s not what it used to be. The Steelers have just 12 sacks this year, which ranks them 24th in the NFL. It’s hard to see the Giants losing if Eli Manning has ample time to make decisions and find receivers.
Don’t be surprised if this game is very tight as the Steelers need it more and the Giants don’t play well at home. Even so, if the Giants convert better in the red zone and find a way to use their home field as an advantage, they should move to 7-2.