By Milt Northrop

One of the National Football League rivalries lost since the merger with the old American Football League took effect in 1970 was between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Giants fans remember a 63-7 rout at the hands of the Steelers (Jim Finks was the Pittsburgh quarterback) at Forbes Field in 1953. Even more vivid is that famous photo of Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle with blood streaming down his bald pate after being mauled by a Steelers pass rusher in a 1964 game, which turned out to be Tittle’s last. It was not a pretty rivalry.

The Giants and Steelers used to meet twice almost every season as divisional or conference rivals. Since the merger, when Cleveland and Pittsburgh shifted from the NFL to the American Football Conference, they have faced each other only eight times.

One of those rare meetings between the Giants and Steelers tops today’s portion of the Week Nine schedule.

A look at the matchups:

Game of the day

Steelers (4-3) at Giants (6-2)

TV: Ch. 4, 4:25 p.m.

The line: Giants (-3)

The scoop: These two franchises have won four of last seven Super Bowls but they’ve met only once in that time frame (New York won at Pittsburgh, 21-14, in 2008). ... After starting 2-2. Giants have won last four, but needed fourth-quarter rally in last two over Redskins and Cowboys. ... Pittsburgh gives up 27 ppg on the road where it is just 1-3.

Outlook: In ‘50s and ‘60s, Steelers used to rough up Giants, but lose. Not this time. Pittsburgh, 24-21.

Top attractions

Vikings (5-3) at Seahawks (4-4)

TV: Ch. 29, 4 p.m.

The line: Seahawks (-4)

The scoop: Matchup of No. 1 (Adrian Peterson, Vikings) and No. 2 (ex-Bill Marshawn Lynch) rushers in the league. ... In five of the Seahawks’ games, both sides scored 20 or less.

Outlook: Seattle shakes off close road losses to Niners and Lions, 20-13.

Cowboys (3-4) at Falcons (7-0)

TV: Ch. 2, 8:20 p.m.

The line: Falcons (-4)

The scoop: Is there any explanation why Atlanta has won last two at home by only 2 and 3 points? ... Dallas is 2-2 on the road. ... Falcons haven’t beaten Dallas since 2003, losing last two in rivalry.

Outlook: Cowboys have a knack for losing. Atlanta, 31-20.

Eagles (3-4) at Saints (2-5)

TV: ESPN, 8:30 p.m. Monday

The line: Saints (-3)

The scoop: Another disappointing season compounds the pressure on Eagles coach Andy Reid. Facing NFL’s No. 1 passing attack on the road isn’t best cure for team desperately in need of a win. ... Reid sticking with Michael Vick as quarterback.

Outlook: Saints are last in league in defense and have allowed at least 24 points in every game. New Orleans, 35-30.

Dolphins (4-3) at Colts (4-3)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Dolphins (-2½)

The scoop: Since opening loss at Houston, Fish have lost only twice (both in OT), winning the last three. ... Reggie Wayne of Colts is leading the NFL with 108.1 receiving yards per game. ... Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill expected to play after (knee and quad) injuries last week which brought veteran Matt Moore in to finish win at Jets.

Outlook: Andrew Luck of Colts wins duel of rookie QBs. Indy, 23-16.

Cardinals (4-4) at Packers (5-3)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Packers (-10½)

The scoop: Cards 31st in league in total offense and rushing and have given up 39 sacks already. ... Hard to believe Packers were outgained by a wide margin at home in win over Jaguars, worst offensive team in league playing without best player (Maurice Jones-Drew). ... Aaron Rodgers of Packers leads league with 21 TD passes versus only four INTs.

Outlook: Injuries hampering Packers again this season, but Cards lack punch. Green Bay, 27-14.

Best of the rest

Bills (3-4) at Texans (6-1)

TV: Ch. 4, 1 p.m.

The line: Texans (-10)

The scoop: Houston averaging 33.8 ppg at home. Bills giving up 31 ppg on road. ... Texans third in league in total defense. Bills are next to last in total defense and last in rushing defense, third-down effectiveness and scoring defense. ... Texans have not allowed a rushing touchdown yet this season.

Outlook: Bills need a total reversal of defensive trends. Too much to ask. Texans, 28-10.

Broncos (4-3) at Bengals (3-4)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Broncos (-4)

The scoop: Bengals never have won against Peyton Manning (0-7). Now they hit a Denver team on an upswing. Broncos have scored 31 or more in four of seven games. Losses have been to teams with combined 18-4 record. ... Disappointing Bengals have lost last three, badly need win to stay in playoff picture.

Outlook: Denver and Manning on a roll. Broncos, 35-30.

Ravens (5-2) at Browns (2-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Ravens (-3½)

The scoop: Ravens coming off bye after shocking 30-point loss at Houston. QB Joe Flacco a minor disappointment so far with 84.0 rating. ... Former Browns (Ravens) have won last nine in rivalry. Browns looking for third straight win at home.

Outlook: Bye week helps Ravens still chafing from rout at Texans. Baltimore, 24-16.

Lions (3-4) at Jaguars (1-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Lions (-4½)

The scoop: In three of their wins, the Lions have given up 23 points or more. Jaguars’ season high is 23 points in OT losses to Vikings and Raiders. Jacksonville has scored only 20 points, total, in three home games (0-3).

Outlook: Even when they play well, Jaguars can’t match points. Detroit 28-13.

Bears (6-1) at Titans (3-5)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Bears (-3½)

The scoop: Bears have allowed only nine touchdowns. They have six interception returns for touchdowns themselves. ... Kendall Wright of Titans leads NFL rookies with 40 receptions. ... Bears have Texans and 49ers in next two games.

Outlook: Could be trap game, but Bears, 21-13.

Panthers (1-6) at Redskins (3-5)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

The line: Redskins (-3½)

The scoop: Cam Newton of Panthers passed for 314 yards against Bears last week, but Carolina defense went soft and was unable to hold late lead in 23-22 loss. ... Robert Griffin III and Co. lost to Steelers last week.

Outlook: Exciting matchup of two talented, young QBs who can run, too. Panthers end NFL’s longest losing streak at five, 34-24.

Dog of the day

Buccaneers (3-4) at Raiders (3-4)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

The line: Raiders (-1½)

The scoop: Tough to figure out Raiders, who are 2-1 since bye but wins were over lowly Jaguars and Chiefs. Bucs WR Mike Williams (Riverside) has 25 catches for 17.4 average and four TDs.

Outlook: Bucs are 0-4 all-time in Oakland. Raiders, 31-28.

Last week’s results: 8-5 outright, 5-8 versus spread. Season’s record: 60-50 outright, 44-64-3 versus spread.