What it means: The Giants have some work to do, but there are reasons to believe they can be explosive on offense. Manning and Cruz looked like they were in midseason form.
It's clear the Giants have a variety of personnel options on defense. The run defense, however, had difficulty slowing down Pittsburgh's ground game in the first half.
The Salsa is back: Cruz missed valuable offseason training time with Manning due to the Pro Bowl receiver's contract negotiations. But Cruz showed why the Giants gave him $45.879 million over six years. Cruz burned the Steelers' secondary for a 57-yard touchdown catch from Manning near the end of the first quarter, which led to his first salsa dance of the year.
"It's great to be on the same page with your quarterback," Cruz said. "Eli and I work hard on that. When things are clicking, you really get the results you want."
DaMonster: Moore lived up to his college nickname of "DaMonster" in his preseason debut. After looking impressive in camp, the team’s third-round pick blocked a punt and had three tackles, a couple of pressures and one quarterback hit all in the first half. Moore disrupted a couple of short passes and looked incredibly active.
Moore's blocked punt with 11:27 to go in the first quarter was recovered by Louis Murphy and set the Giants up with first-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 5-yard line. The Giants' offense, though, failed to gain a yard and settled for a field goal.
Stop the run: The Giants made a concerted effort in the offseason to bolster their run defense. But the Steelers racked up 81 yards on 17 carries in the first half, including 36 yards on a 13-play drive in the first quarter. The Steelers had success running the ball without their prized rookie Le'Veon Bell, who did not play due to a knee injury.