Steelers vs. Giants: 9 Things for Pittsburgh Fans to Watch During Week 9

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Steelers vs. Giants: 9 Things for Pittsburgh Fans to Watch During Week 9
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For both the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants, the halfway point of the NFL season comes with a sense of optimism. 

Big Blue's silver trophy was a golden ending to January's playoffs, and their 6-2 record has the G-Men head and shoulders above other NFC East commoners, namely the Cowboys, 'Skins and Eagles.  After all, isn't that the very definition of "giant-ism?"

In Pittsburgh, the Black and Gold have rebounded from a very blue beginning to 2012, having lost three fourth=quarter leads in their first five games before claiming victory over the Bengals and Redskins. Certainly, the Steelers have shown a steely resolve.

With a chance to make a statement, both of these squads have been recent powers in their respective conferences, and one or the other has participated in five of the past seven Super Bowls. For the Men of Steel, there is a bull's-eye on the defending champs. Meanwhile, the Giants have a chance to cement their status as Super Bowl front-runners with a win over one of the NFL's most popular franchises.

Sunday's contest will almost certainly serve as a momentous springboard of success for the victor. Can the Steelers put together a second straight solid road outing and find a way to beat New York at MetLife Stadium?

Let's focus on nine things that Pittsburgh fans should consider during the premier Week 9 showdown.

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