NEW YORK GIANTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (-6, O/U 49), Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET
The Giants have won six straight, covering five of those, yet find themselves 6-point underdogs Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
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Most believe the Steelers have begun a late-season surge toward the plaoffs while the Giants are overrated due to a soft schedule. New York's steadily improving defense, which ranks fifth in points allowed, faces its toughest test against Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell.
While each team features a superstar wideout, the Steelers bring a running game too.
Situationally, this sets up as a must-win home game for Pittsburgh while the Giants can afford a loss and still snag an NFC Wild Card. The Steelers are relatively healthy after getting a couple extra days' rest.
Look for a raucous environment as the home crowd, at Mike Tomlin's urging, tries to disrupt Eli Manning's no-huddle offense.
On the other side, Jason Pierre-Paul (7 sacks) and Olivier Vernon (5 sacks, 7 tackles for loss) must continue their stellar play for the Giants to pull the upset.
BookMaker.eu opened at Steelers -4.5 and is now dealing Steelers -6 like nearly every book.
"Two public teams and the early action has seen the wise guys on the home squad," BookMaker odds consultant Scott Cooley told SportsLine. "It's hard to see this spread climbing up to the key number of 7, but the support hasn't been the same on the Giants as it has in recent years."
The total has fallen from 50 to 48.5. The Steelers money line stood at -275 on Saturday afternoon.
Pittsburgh is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 December games, but New York is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 December games.
The Giants are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five road games.
The Under has cashed in every Giants' road game this season (5-0). The Under is 23-9-1 in Pittsburgh's last 33 games overall.
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