The New Orleans Saints will try to clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in a week 16 battle. The Steelers come into this game with plenty to play for as well, as they are just barely ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. New Orleans brings the NFL’s most potent offense into this game, and enter with a record of 12-2. The Saints have won two straight games after suffering a disappointing loss in week 13 to the Dallas Cowboys. Pittsburgh was able to snap a three-game losing streak with a huge win against the New England Patriots in week 15, and come in with a record of 8-5-1. The Steelers are just ahead of the 8-6 Baltimore Ravens. Expect some points to be scored in this game featuring two dynamic offenses.
Saints vs. Steelers Odds
The New Orleans Saints are a six-point favorite over the Pittsburgh Steelers in this game. The over/under for total points scored is set at 53.5 points.
Spread: Saints -6
Saints vs. Steelers Head to Head
This is just the 16th all-time meeting between the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Saints holds a slim 8-7 lead over the Steelers in the all-time series, including a 35-32 victory in their most recent game in 2014.
Saints vs. Steelers Stats
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has completed 74.9 percent of his passes so far this season, which would be an NFL record if it stands. Wide receiver Michael Thomas has caught 109 passes for 1,267 yards this season while also finding the end zone eight times. Cameron Jordan is the star of the Saints defense, racking up 12 of the team’s 45 sacks this season.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for more than 4,400 yards this season, but has thrown 15 interceptions. Second-year running back James Conner has racked up 909 yards on the ground this season in taking over for Le’Veon Bell. T.J. Watt has recorded 11 sacks to lead a very aggressive Pittsburgh defense.
Saints vs. Steelers News
Pittsburgh had six players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl, including three members of their offensive line. Conner was named to the Pro Bowl in his first year as starting running back despite missing the previous two games. The Steelers are hopeful that Conner is able to get back on the field for this matchup against the Saints.
The Saints had five players elected to the Pro Bowl, but running back Alvin Kamara is a notable “snub” from the roster. Head coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees won their 117th regular season game on Monday night to move into second place for most wins for a coach/QB duo.
Saints vs. Steelers Predictions
This has the potential to be a Super Bowl preview, but both teams have plenty of work to do before that point. While both defenses are capable of playing well, look for the offenses to steal the show in this game. “Big Ben” and the Steelers offense are playing great this season, but it is just too hard to beat the Saints at home. Bet the New Orleans Saints -6.0 to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a week 16 shootout.