The New Orleans Saints will play the final two games of their regular season schedule at home, beginning this Sunday against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. The Saints just need a win to secure the top seed in the NFC, so motivation isn’t going to be a problem for New Orleans, which is +200 to win Super Bowl 53. Speaking of which, the Steelers are +2,000 to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, but before they dream of that, they will have to take care of business in New Orleans to help them inch closer to booking a spot in the playoffs.
Betting Preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs New Orleans Saints NFL Week 16 Game on December 23, 2018
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
When: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 4:25 PM ET
Line: Pittsburgh Steelers (+5.5) vs New Orleans Saints (-5.5) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5-1)
The Steelers looked fine in Week 15 even with running back James Conner still out with an ankle injury. That’s a major takeaway from Pittsburgh’s 17-10 win over a team like the New England Patriots at home last Sunday, which further strengthened the Steelers’ odds of bagging the AFC North title and a spot in the playoffs. Ben Roethlisberger had a shaky performance, passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, but those numbers were enough to get the Steelers by. So long as Big Ben has the pair of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown downfield, the Steelers’ passing attack is going to be difficult to bottle up – perhaps much more to the Saints, who are only 28th in the NFL with 262.6 passing yards allowed per game. On the flipside, the Steelers are third in the league with 311.9 passing yards per contest.
The under is 5-0 in the Steelers’ last five road games.
Betting on the New Orleans Saints (12-2)
Although we’ve mentioned earlier that the Saints have one of the leakiest pass defense in the league this season, that doesn’t seem to the be the case lately. The Saints have not allowed more than 14 points in any of their last three games, a stretch that includes their 12-9 road win over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday. The Steelers are coming to town along with their high-octane offense, so it’s of paramount importance for New Orleans’ defensive momentum to manifest itself this coming weekend. The Saints are allowing 341.6 total yards per game on the season, but have reduced that average to 278.0 in their last three outings. On offense, the Saints have had their struggles in their past few games, but a team with Drew Brees as its quarterback can’t be underestimated on the attack, regardless of their recent form on that side of the field. Against the Panthers, Brees went just 23-of-35 for 203 yards with zero touchdowns with an interception.
The Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games.
Pittsburgh wins, 24-23.
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