The Steelers face a New York Giants team that quietly has enjoyed a fine season so far in 2016. December, however, will be make-or-break for both squads, but the hometown Steelers have so much more to lose. Here is a sampling of the New York Football Giants who will figure prominently after 4:25 PM EST on Sunday.
McAdoo, a Homer City native gets to come home on Sunday to face the Steelers. An OC in New York since 2014, McAdoo took the reigns this year and has impressed early with an 8-3 record.
Some Other Giants Coaches to know: OC-Mike Sullivan, DC- Steve Spagnulo
QB-No. 10 Eli Manning
Not many veteran quarterback's care if a rookie receiver doesn't get targeted in a game, despite playing a team high 51 snaps. Eli Manning is different. The 13 year QB and four-time Pro Bowler made a point to apologize to Sterling Shepard for not targeting him at all last week. He didn't have to, but he knows how important the rookie receiver will be down the stretch. That's what true leaders do. Manning is only a career 59.6% passer, but his two Super Bowl MVP awards will probably get him into the Hall of Fame. On the season, Manning has 2,902 yards, 20 TDs and 10 interceptions. The cagey vet has weapons to challenge the Steeler secondary early and often.
Some Other Giants Quarterbacks to know: No. 12 Ryan Nassib
No. 13 Odell Beckham Jr.
It's going to be a fireworks display in Pittsburgh on Sunday when arguably the two best receivers in the league will line up on every series. OBJ can destroy defenses at will and the Steeler secondary will be hard-pressed to contain him. On the season, Beckham Jr has 65 receptions for 915 yards and eight touchdowns. The Steelers actually targeted the LSU product in the 2014 draft, but the Giants selected him three picks before Pittsburgh selected Ryan Shazier.
Some Other Giants Receivers to know: No. 87 Sterling Shepard, No. 82 Roger Lewis, No. 80 Victor Cruz, No. 17 Dwayne Harris
No. 23 Rashad Jennings
The Giants typically run the ball well, but the 2016 team us currently 31st in the league in rushing, Rashad Jennings, however, is a back that is capable of breaking away at any time. Jennings has 395 yards and two scores on the season.
Some Other Giants Running Backs to know: No. 26 Orleans Darkwa, No. 43 Bobby Rainey
No. 45 Will Tye
In 2014, Larry Donnell had a career year with 63 catches and six scores. But two years later, Donnell has a mere 15 catches for 91 yards and one score and has seen Will Tye become the main TE threat for NYG. The new #1 TE has 31 grabs for 259 yards and a TD and the Giants are looking to continue to look his way.
Some Other Giants Tight Ends to know: No. 84 Larry Donnell
C No. 70 Weston Richburg
The Giants center was PFF's third-highest rated center of 2015. In 2016, Richburg continues to anchor the offensive line as a Pro Bowler. He explodes off of the ball with a vengeance and is a wall in pass blocking schemes. Rookie Javon Hargrave has been improving each week for the Steelers and his battle against Richburg will be one to watch
Some Other Giants Offensive Linemen to know: No. 67 LG Justin Pugh, No. 73 RT Marshall Newhouse, No. 74 LT Ereck Flowers, No. 77 RG John Jerry
RDE-No. 54 Olivier Vernon
One of the prized free agents from the 2016 class was Vernon and he has not disappointed since joining the Giants and has been coming on even stronger as of late. The 85 million-dollar-man has a high motor, excels against the run and knows how to get to the QB as evidenced by his six sacks so far.
LDE-No. 90 Jason Pierre-Paul
Joining Vernon and wreaking havoc on the defensive line is JPP. Since blowing off part of his hand in 2015 due to a fireworks accident, Pierre-Paul has gotten back to his destructive ways to offenses. Solid, durable and high-motored, No. 90 can blow up o-linemen and get to the QB. In 2016, JPP has seven sacks and 50 tackles.
Some Other Giants Front Seven to know: No 52 WLB Jonathan Casillas, No. 59 SLB Devon Kennard, No. 91 MLB Kelvin Sheppard, No. 94 Mark Herzlich, No. 95 DT Jonathan Hankins, No. 98 DT Damon Harrison
SS-No. 21 Landon Collins
The Giants traded up in 2015 to nab the Alabama safety at the top of the second round and it has paid off. The NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November is a big and athletic safety. Collins has 87 tackles, three sacks and five picks on the year. He can be dangerous to Big Ben and the Steeler receivers on Sunday.
Some Other Giants DBs to know: No. 20 CB Janoris Jenkins, No. 24 CB Eli Apple, No. 29 FS Nat Behre, No. 41 CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
P-No. 4 Brad Wing
The former Steeler punter has seen his star shine bright for the Giants since being traded to make room for fellow Aussie Jordan Berry in 2015. Wing ranks seventh in the league by averaging 47.2 yards-per-punt.
Some Other Giants Special Teamers to know: No. 5 K Robbie Gould, No. 17 PR/KR Dwayne Harris, No. 51 LS Zak DeOssie