The first half of New York Giants' football of the 2017 season is in the books.
While the Giants did rest several starters, the team appeared to pick up where they left off. Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon set the tone for the game with a hard tackle to stuff a run on the first play of the game.
The Giants' "starting" defense largely locked fown the Steelers' "starting" offense with a pair of three and outs. The second team followed suit, with Valentino Blake picking off rookie Josh Dobbs.
That interception set the offense up to score the first points of the year on an Alex Rosas field goal.
Defensive end Devin Taylor got into the act with an interception of his own when he dropped into coverage on a beautifully designed and executed zone blitz, leading to a second field goal.
The offense was largely uninspiring, though it did feature strong running by Paul Perkins and good receptions by tight end Matt LaCosse. Quarterback Josh Johnson held on to the ball too long, appeared indecisive, ran into a sack, and missed a wide-open Darius Powe in the end zone (who was humorously leaping, trying to get Johnson’s attention).
Geno Smith appeared better, hitting Powe and Evan Engram in stride for good gains.
A muffed punt by Donte Deayon led to a Steelers' touchdown to end the half.
Use this for your second-half open thread.