Because of the NFL’s scheduling formula, the Pittsburgh Steelers and their quarterback land on the Giants’ slate once every four seasons. Pierre-Paul, drafted in 2010, has yet to play in the series that dates back to 1933.
That is, until now.
He’ll play in his first regular-season game against the Steelers this Sunday in MetLife Stadium. The Steelers enter Week 9 having allowed 14 sacks, and given Pierre-Paul’s recent exploits, he’d be curious to know how Roethlisberger has thrown just three interceptions. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has turned the ball over a league-low six times this season.
Working back into a (relatively) normal routine on Wednesday, the preparation has begun.
“We’ve got to get in and get back to work. It’s not going to affect us at all,” Pierre-Paul said of the hurricane and its aftermath. “Everybody knows we’ve got to hold each other accountable for what we do in this locker room and on the field. And we’re going to get the job done.
“[Coach Tom Coughlin] is going to do a great job of keeping us focused on what’s at stake. He’s going to come in, but it’s all on players, too. We’re going to come in and do what we have to do.”
Pierre-Paul did what he had to do and more last Sunday. He notched four tackles and upped his sack total to 5.5 with a takedown of Tony Romo. But his highlight came on a 28-yard interception returned for a touchdown against Dallas.
“Well, I worked on it with him for his hand placement exactly where it should be,” Coughlin joked on Monday, raising his hands above his head to mimic the play.
Meanwhile, the Giants have risen to a tie for seventh in the NFL with 21 sacks.
“It’s getting better, no question,” Coughlin said about the defensive line and the rush. “It’s definitely improved over the last three or four weeks.”
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The Giants got back to work on Wednesday and began preparing to host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9…
QB Eli Manning
On focusing on the upcoming game…
“It was interesting. Obviously a lot of wind and some water coming through, but we made it through safely, the most important thing. Now the focus is obviously getting ready to play a football game. So it’s good to get everybody back in here and get the team together and understand we’ve got to get ready to play a game.”
LB Mark Herzlich
On possibly taking more snaps during the game…
“I am. As I said earlier, it’s a lot of the same preparation I mean I’m always prepared to go in if need be, but the practice preparation will be a lot different. You know, getting the snaps during practice and getting mentally and physically more prepared to be in the game.”
LB Michael Boley
On spending more time together at the Giants facilities after the storm…
“I think it brings everyone closer together, you see guys come in, checking on each other, seeing if everything is alright, you know ‘How’s your family doing?’. I think stuff like that, brings us closer as a group.”
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Last Week: 351 total yards
Newton had another impressive outing throwing the ball in the windy city, which is usually a challenge for everyone else. Though he failed to find the end zone, Newton showed that he can still throw it with the best of them and that he’s not going without a fight this season. Look for him to improve weekly, especially with the worst pass defense up next on the schedule, which could lead to his best game of the
Alex Green RB Packers
Last Week: 82 total yards
Green had another consistent day at the office, rushing for 54 yards off of 22 carries and catching four passes for 28 yards receiving. Still waiting for that goal line carry and breakout performance, Green will most likely get another crack at it next week vs. Arizona Cardinals.
Patriots Defense: 7 points allowed, 2 interceptions, 2 sacks
The New England Patriots as a whole put on a show in London when they faced the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Not only did the defense give up just seven points on the day, but the offense scored 45 points. That means the Rams offense had plenty of opportunities to do damage, but just couldn’t get it done vs. a proven and one of the most underrated defenses in the league today.
Greg Olsen TE Panthers
Last Week: 3 catches 23 yards
You would think that if Cam Newton threw for over 315 yards that his tight end would reap at least some chunks of receiving yards, which was far from the case. Olsen will have to wait another for the next matchup against his former team, if he wants to get some sort of revenge.
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After their win in Dallas, Stevie Brown and the Giants returned to the tri-state area just in time to prepare for Hurricane Sandy’s arrival on Monday. It would have been a long few days having to mull over a loss without electricity, but in large part because of Brown’s efforts, that wasn’t the case.
The safety had two interceptions and recovered a fumble in the 29-24 victory before battening down the hatches.
“We’re doing well, we’re doing well,” Brown said on “NFL AM” Tuesday morning. “It’s just me and my dog out here on the east coast. We’re both inside and safe and everything, and all the players, my teammates that I’ve talked to, they’re all doing well. Just no power right now. I haven’t spoken to one of my teammates that had any power. So we’re just hanging in there.”
Through eight weeks, Brown leads the NFL in takeaways with five interceptions and two fumbles recovered. He also has a league-best 168 interception return yards.
“It definitely feels good to get the recognition,” Brown said. “I didn’t even know I was the NFL leader in takeaways until I landed Sunday. My brother texted me and was telling me I was the leader in takeaways. I was like, man, that’s crazy. I would have never thought – unreal.”
Now Brown will prepare for a 4-3 Pittsburgh Steelers team that has turned the ball over just six times, which is tied for the lowest in the NFL (Houston Texans).
“We’re going to have to continue to do what we do,” Brown said. “We have to play good defense – stop [quarterback Ben] Roethlisberger, [wide receiver Mike] Wallace, [running back Rashard] Mendenhall, all them. And then Eli [Manning] on the other side of the ball is going to take care of business like always. So if we play as a team, we play hard, we’ll be good.”
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