Saints On Road To Meet Steelers – Inside The Numbers
The New Orleans Saints are back in action on Sunday afternoon, when they hit the road to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kickoff time at the Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is scheduled for noon, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
The game marks the first of three match-ups that the Saints will play on the road over their final five games of the 2014 season.
The Saints, who will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak, fell to Baltimore Ravens, 34-27, on Monday night, to drop to 4-7 on the season, which puts them in a first-place tie with the Atlanta Falcons atop the NFC South.
The Steelers, who defeated the Tennessee Titans, 27-24, back on November 17, and have won four of their last five games, will come in at 7-4 on the year, which currently puts them in a tie for second-place in the AFC North, behind the first-place Cincinnati Bengals, who are 7-3-1.
The all-time series, which dates back to 1967, is even, 7-7, with Pittsburgh outscoring New Orleans, 295-254.
The Saints won the last meeting, 20-10, back in 2010.
Offensively, the Saints are averaging 26.2 points, 433.6 total yards, 308.8 passing yards, and 124.8 rushing yards-per-game.
New Orleans is led by quarterback Drew Brees, who has thrown for 3,491 yards and 22 touchdowns, running back Mark Ingram, who has accumulated 645 rushing yards with six touchdowns on 149 touches, and tight end Jimmy Graham, who has compiled 670 receiving yards, along with nine touchdowns, on 65 catches.
The Steelers, offensively, are averaging 26.2 points, 406.4 total yards, 286.9 passing yards, and 119.5 rushing yards a contest.
Pittsburgh is paced by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has passed for 3,270 yards and 24 touchdowns, running back Le'Veon Bell, who has rushed for 951 yards and two touchdowns, and Antonio Brown, who has 88 receptions for 1,161 yards and nine touchdowns.
Defensively, the Saints are giving up an average of 377.1 yards-per-game, which ranks 27th in the league, while the Steelers are allowing 343.8, which ranks 13th.
The match-up marks the final game of three-consecutive games against members of the AFC North for the Saints.