The New Orleans Saints (3-6, 1-2 Away) are on the road to face the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6, 1-2 Home) at Acrisure Stadium on Sunday. The Saints are 1.5-point favorites, and the total is 40. New Orleans is coming off a 27-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Caesars Superdome on Monday.
Andy Dalton threw for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Alvin Kamara ran nine times for 30 yards. He added three receptions for 32 yards. Chris Olave was targeted nine times, catching six passes for 71 yards.
Pittsburgh lost 35-13 to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30. Kenny Pickett was 25 of 38 for 196 yards and an interception. Jaylen Warren carried six times for 50 yards. Pat Freiermuth had four receptions for 57 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since December 2018, a 31-28 win for the Saints.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Saints are averaging 23.6 points per game for the season, 11th in the NFL, and they are facing a Steelers defense that has surrendered 24.6 PPG (23rd). Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has scored 15.0 points a game this season, 31st in the league, and New Orleans is allowing 25.2 PPG (28th).
The Saints rank seventh in the league in passing yards per game (260.4) and 12th in rushing (130.9). The best opportunities may come through the air, as the Steelers are 30th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (288.5).
Against the run, Pittsburgh is 16th (117.9). Pittsburgh is 23rd in the league in passing yards per game (220.5) and 27th in rushing (94.9), while the Saints are allowing 215.4 passing yards (10th) and 120.9 rushing yards per game (19th).
Pittsburgh ranks as one of the least productive red zone offenses in the NFL, advancing inside the 20-yard-line only 2.6 times per game (33rd) and scoring a touchdown on just 48% of those possessions (28th).
Through six games, Andy Dalton has thrown for 10 touchdowns (5 INT) and 230.8 yards per game to lead New Orleans in passing. In one prior away game this season, he had four TDs (3 INT) and 361 yards passing.
Alvin Kamara leads the team in rushing with an average of 63.3 yards a game over seven games. He’s also contributed to the passing attack with 45.6 receiving yards a game. He has one touchdown on the ground. Chris Olave is the Saints’ leading receiver with 77.2 yards a game and two TDs.
He is averaging 5.4 receptions on 9.0 targets per game. Kenny Pickett has two passing touchdowns (8 INT) with 192.4 yards per game through five games to lead Pittsburgh. In two home games this season, he has thrown for one TD (2 INT) and an average of 93.5 yards.
Najee Harris has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 45.1 yards a game through eight games. He has three total touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving.
Diontae Johnson has been the primary target in the Steelers’ aerial attack, averaging 46.5 yards per game through eight appearances. Diontae Johnson is averaging 9.5 targets per game (5.4 receptions).
SportsTips’ NFL Pick:
Saints 1H ML (-120)
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