Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/2/12

Hurricane Sandy will be affecting the Pittsburgh Steelers' travel schedule to MetLife Stadium for Sunday's game against the New York Giants. The team will leave Pittsburgh on Sunday morning — a day later than it normally would — for the 4:25 p.m. start time and return to Pittsburgh right after the game Sunday night.  The team was booked to stay at the Westin Hotel in Jersey City Saturday night but the hotel is still without power due to the storm. It's basically a 400-mile work commute for the Steelers who will be bussed to the stadium after a meal, then fly another 400 miles back to Pittsburgh after the game ends. New Jersey residents affected by Sandy have been grabbing any extra hotel rooms they can find and combined with the New York Marathon bringing an extra 50,000 visitors to the area, it's no surprise the Steelers couldn't find any other accommodations. The Giants had their own logistical problems of their own this week because of the storm and didn't even have practice until late Wednesday afternoon.  Players without power in their New Jersey homes have been bunking at teammates' houses for the duration of the blackouts. Whether or not the Steelers road trip disrupts the visiting players pre-game routines and sleep patterns is a no brainer.  How it affects the Steelers on the field Sunday against the defending champs will remain to to be seen. The Giants were 3-1/2 point favorites.  I wonder if the spread will change?

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