The Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints will clash on Halloween night October 31st in a game that many thought would be a preview the 2011 Super Bowl XLV when the schedule was released. Now with the New Orleans Saints in a funk offensively and the defense failing to create big turnovers this game has changed dramatically. Now the New Orleans Saints will be fighting to stay in the NFC South race with the Atlanta Falcons in this game.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense vs New Orleans Offense
The New Orleans Saints offense has imploded since the injury to Reggie Bush. Although Bush did not pile up huge numbers, his presence alone raised issues for the opposing defenses. Chris Ivory has picked up the slack for an ailing Pierre Thomas but he does not replace the Reggie Bush factor. Drew Brees has also struggled in most games this season and it may be related to an offensive line that has slowed down a notch this season.
There is no easy answer to solve the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Troy Polamalu is a huge factor for the Steelers attacking defense but now an injury to Aaron Smith on the defensive line could hurt this stifling defense. The return of Smith at the beginning of the season was a huge boost to this defense that was not as strong in 2009. Smith allowed defenders James Harrison and Polamalu more freedom to roam the center of the field. The defense of the Pittsburgh Steelers has the edge over New Orleans offense but it is a close match.
New Orleans Defense vs Pittsburgh Steelers Offense
The return of Ben Roethlisberger has been a huge boost to the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. The confidence on offense for the Pittsburgh Steelers is palpable and if they can continue to keep the offense balanced, the offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers may be the story of the second half of the NFL season. The nature of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense could put a damper on the aggressive nature of the New Orleans Saints in this game.
The New Orleans Saints defense was one of the most opportunistic teams in football last NFL season but they been taken advantage of this year. The Cleveland Browns game can be considered a fluke for several reasons but the end result shows the New Orleans Saints defense has been unable to produce the game changing turnovers they were known for last season. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has the edge over the New Orleans Saints defense.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs New Orleans Saints Pick: Final Outlook
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook set the original line on this game at -2.5 points with the Pittsburgh Steelers favored. The line has since moved to a pick after the New Orleans Saints stale performance against the Cleveland Browns last weekend. This line move represents the play back of the New Orleans Saints in this critical home game. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers despite the large line move over the New Orleans Saints.
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