Eli Manning and the New York Giants were able to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first preseason game, 18-13. The biggest play of the game came near the end of the first quarter, when Manning connected with Victor Cruz for a 57 yard touchdown. Manning finished the game two for five for seventy three yards. Ben Rothlisberger had a decent showing too, going four for eight with thirty six yards. Although he only lead the team to a field goal, he seems ready for the regular season to start.
Most of this game was played by backups, and backups to the backups. Many of the teams’ regular starters were sitting due to injury. Players like Justin Tuck, David Pugh, Jason Pierre- Paul, and Le’Veon Bell sat out for the first preseason game of the year. In Pittsburgh’s case, both Jonathon Dwyer and Isaac Redman were trying to show the team that they deserved to be the starter when the regular season rolls around, however both of them didn’t really do much in tonight’s game. They both had lackluster performances; Dwyer had six carries for fifteen yards, while Redman ran two times for just seven yards.
It’s only the first week of the preseason, so both teams have much to prove in the coming weeks before we get underway with the 2013 season. Tonight was just a tiny glimpse.