The Giants have been avid proponents of the next man up approach to dealing with injuries, but the Steelers used it to grab a 7-0 lead at the Meadowlands.
Ben Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders for a touchdown pass to cap a drive highlighted by Isaac Redman running all over the Giants defense. Redman, playing the feature role with Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall on the sideline with injuries, ran for 34 yards on the drive and Roethlisberger hit the likes of Will Johnson, Jerricho Cotchery and David Paulson to keep the ball moving down the field.
We’ll see if they need to keep using unsung members of the offense. Wide receiver Antonio Brown left the game with an ankle injury during the drive, but his return is being called probable by the Steelers.
The Steelers got the ball after an Ike Taylor interception near midfield. Eli Manning launched a duck after a long wait in the pocket for pressure to arrive and it wobbled its way into Taylor’s arms to set Pittsburgh up with their best field position of the day.