New Orleans Saints (4-7) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 30, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 52
The New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers play Sunday at Heinz Field.
The New Orleans Saints have lost three straight and need a victory to get back in the playoff hunt. Drew Brees is completing 70.3 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Brees has four touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and the Saints have 34 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Kenny Stills has 12 catches in his last two games. The Saints ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Mark Ingram leads the way with 645 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, the New Orleans Saints are allowing 26 points and 377.1 yards, and have forced 23 sacks and 11 turnovers. Curtis Lofton leads the Saints with 100 tackles and Junior Galette has sevens sacks.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four of their last five games and are coming off a bye. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. Roethlisberger has eight touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and the Steelers have 35 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Antonio Brown and Heath Miller have combined for more than 1,600 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Lance Moore has three catches in his last two games. The Steelers ground game is averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and Le'Veon Bell leads the way with 951 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Steelers are allowing 23.9 points, 343.8 yards, and they’ve forced 20 sacks and 14 turnovers. Lawrence Timmons leads Pittsburgh with 94 tackles and Cortez Allen has 11 pass deflections.
The Saints are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in November. The Steelers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a bye week and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November.
The Saints simply aren't the same team we're used to seeing, while the Steelers have really turned the corner the last couple of weeks. Given the fact Pittsburgh has had an extra week to prepare, the home team has to be the pick here.