Continuing a Week 1 tradition, the NFL offers a Monday Night Football doubleheader to start the 2020 season.
Kicking off the night from MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants host the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:10 p.m. ET and, from Empower Field at Mile High, the Tennessee Titans visit the Denver Broncos in the nightcap at 10:20 p.m. ET.
Here are six things to watch for in the pair of Monday nighters:
Pittsburgh’s long, arduous 2019 saw the effects of losing its franchise quarterback less than two games into the season. There were duck calls, neglected beards, and helmet calamities during Ben Roethlisberger’s absence, but with a redeeming season, those bad memories can be rendered a sheepish afterthought. Reports out of Pittsburgh say Big Ben is feeling rejuvenated after elbow surgery and, entering his 17th season, Roethlisberger, 38, sees “multiple” Lombardi Trophies in his future. As Big Ben roamed the sidelines as a pseudo-coach last year, he witnessed an anemic offense in desperate need of his poise, leadership and deep ball. Per game, the Steelers offense finished 31st in passing (186.3), 29th in rushing (90.4), and 27th in points (18.1), and somehow went 8-8 thanks to a defense that improved upon Minkah Fitzpatrick’s arrival. With a good defense and their offensive field general back on the field, the Steelers are a dark horse candidate to compete in December. Big Ben will certainly want to make an impression in his first game back.