In the biggest game of the year to date, Eli Manning and the New York Giants (8-3) travel to Heinz Field to take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5). 

The question of whether or not the New York Giants are contenders or pretenders is being thrown around like meatballs in a food fight.

The winning, especially given how mediocre Big Blue has been since their last Super Bowl win, has been such a relief for first-year coach Ben McAdoo.

The 8-3 Giants have put themselves in a tremendous position in the playoff picture while Dallas is the only NFC team with a better record than them. Plus, they are the only team to put a number in the loss column for those same all-powerful Cowboys — thanks to their defense that has surrendered the fourth-fewest points in the conference.


However, recognize the last few weeks (against the Bengals, Bears, and Browns) to be nothing more than quizzes. Here come the final exams.

During their longest winning streak since 2011, New York’s opponents — who they played toe-to-toe with — have a consolidated record of 14-40, their next five are 35-19-1.

Instead of being looked at as a team with a clear path to the postseason, they are nothing more than a Super Bowl defense that has lengthened their winning streak thanks to weak opposition.

Not to mention the fact that the Giants’ offense is inconsistent and MaCadoo is still, at eight wins with one against Dallas, missing that signature win.

What better way to prove your worth than to overcome the antagonistic atmosphere of Heinz Filed against a dangerous Steelers squad who need the game just as much?

Here’s the complete preview including everything you need to know before you tune into the big game tomorrow.

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