Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints Pick & Odds: October 31st 2010
Big Ben is back. Last week, Rothlisberger might have had some issues with ball-handling but certainly looks sharp overall. He has tallied 559 YP, a 64.8% completion rate, 5 TDs, and just 1 INT. All that in just 2 games back from suspension. The Pitt “D” is tops in the NFL in points allowed with a mere 13.7 PPG. They let Miami score 22 LW in their victory. That was the most allowed by the stop unit this season. They will come back and take it out on a bewildered OL of New Orleans and QB Drew Brees. Pitt did get “banged up” with injuries to Smith and Woodley on defense. Check status before game time. With or without them, IT WON’T MATTER. New Orleans is scoring less than ever with Brees tossing 10 INTs TY. Last season, he totaled 11 overall. I know the lack of a rushing game has hurt the offense. There is talk that Reggie Bush may make a return (check status). But if you were a RB coming back from injury, would you want to do it against this Steelers defense??? The Saints were embarrassed yet again LW by the 3rd rookie QB this season. Slumping offense just don’t fare well against great defenses. Also, RB Rashard Mendenhall will pound the ball up the middle and churn out yardage against the “cushy” Saints line. I looked at the schedule and saw that Pittsburgh can run the gauntlet and win each contest remaining on their schedule. They won’t slip up here. The Steelers are 5-0 ATS their L5 road games vs. teams with a winning home record, 27-13-1 ATS their L41 games played in October, and 5-2-1 their L8 overall. The Saints are 1-4 ATS their L5 at home, 3-7 ATS their L10 following an ATS loss, and 1-5 ARS their L6 overall. Take Pittsburgh. Thank you.