A “Monday Night Football” doubleheader gets underway at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., with the Giants hosting the Steelers with no fans in attendance.
Ben Roethlisberger makes his return for the Steelers after missing almost all of last season because of an elbow injury. The Steelers struggled and missed the playoffs with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges filling in. Now Roethlisberger aims to prove he still can be an elite quarterback, at age 38 and coming off surgery to have three torn flexor tendons in his elbow reattached. He” try to get the Steelers back into contention as he seeks a third career Super Bowl ring.
Joe Judge makes his NFL head coaching debut for the Giants, having been hired from Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots staff to replace the fired Pat Shurmur. Judge’s no-nonsense approach was evident during training camp, and the Giants are in need of a shake-up after missing the playoffs seven of the last eight seasons. His offensive coordinator is Jason Garrett, the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Daniel Jones begins his first full season as a starter after taking over for two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning last season. It’s up to Garrett to get the most out of Jones and tailback Saquon Barkley.