Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints (-5.5)
Sun. Dec 23, 4:25 PM ET
Three Things to Know Before You Bet on Steelers-Saints:
1. A pair of divisional leaders who win over hated rivals meet on Sunday afternoon when the Saints host the Steelers. Pittsburgh's upset New England in Week 15 kept the Steelers in first place at AFC North, but that lead is only half a game over Baltimore. Meanwhile, New Orleans has twice as many wins (12) as any other NFC South team and can secure a home advantage in all NFC playoffs with a win on Sunday. Playing at home proved to be a significant advantage for the Saints, who have won 1
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2. While it is usually the assassination of the saints, which usually receives the most awards, the team has recently won games with excellent defensive play. They have rated 12.3 points per game per game in the past six weeks and have held all six opponents down to 17 points or less. The defense of New Orleans has also forced more sales (14) than the number of touchdowns (nine) it has allowed in the six games. While the Steelers were able to accumulate 158 rushing yards against New England's 17th Run defense on Sunday, they will now play against the NFL's top run defense. The Saints are not only the only NFL team to offer less than 80 yards per game, they have also held an average of 3.7 yards per carry on the league's Houston (3.6) 2 lies. 19659007] 3. As one of only three NFL teams (along with the Chiefs and Buccaneers), averaging more than 300 yards per game, the Steelers are likely to attack New Orleans via the air. However, the Saints had little trouble to overcome pass-happy offenses. They had won all six games they had played this season against opponents who averaged 260 or more passages per game. They have outscored their opponents with an average margin of more than 14 points per game in the six competitions. And not only that New Orleans under Sean Payton is 18:17 against the margin (17: 4) when an opponent scores an average of at least 27 points per game, but the Saints have outscored the opponent by an average of 10 points in these 21 games.
Select: New Orleans -5,5
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