New Orleans Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 8/26/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-7) at New Orleans Saints (7-9)
NFL Football: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -1 - Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Steelers head to the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Saints in week 3 preseason action on Friday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers come into week 3 at 0-2 after being shut out at home by the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 17-0. For the second straight week, Ben Roethlisberger sat out while Landry Jones got the start and had mixed results for his second appearance of the preseason. Jones did complete 60% of his passes for 111 yards, except Jones added 4 interceptions to that equation which definitely won’t make you any friends when you’re battling for playing time. Pittsburgh got nothing going on the ground either, putting up a mere 50 yards on 21 carries as a team. There wasn’t really much positive to take from the game except that 9 different receivers had a reception, but none of it matters if your quarterback can’t get his wideouts the ball and the pigskin goes the other way. There wasn’t much going for Pittsburgh on the defensive end either registering only 1 sack and a forced fumble which Pittsburgh did recover.
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The New Orleans Saints also come into this game at 0-2 after dropping a 16-9 road decision to the Houston Texans. Drew Brees saw the field a little bit more in week 2, going 5-8 for 29 yards with an interception. The majority of passes went backup Luke McCown’s way, and McCown looked pretty good, going 14-19 for 118 yards. On the ground, there wasn’t much to write home about, mainly because McCown led the team in rushing as well as passing. McCown had 3 scampers for 25 yards, while the 4 running backs who saw action last Saturday in comparison had 22 carries resulting in only 40 yards. New Orleans did have a bright spot in the form of their defense, which showed signs of life on Saturday, racking up 4 sacks, a forced fumble and recovery to go along with an interception of Houston’s Brock Osweiler.
Pittsburgh is 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 road games while the under is 4-0 in Pittsburgh’s last 4 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games on field turf while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 home games.
Common sense would say both teams are due for a breakout, which is why the total is so high, but I'm going to buck the trend and go under, as this total is way too high for my liking for two teams that haven't done much of anything this preseason.