Big week in the Big Easy. Last time you hear big easy was probably that dude or chick you went to hook up with when you were drunk when you thought they were hot. It happens to everyone. Don't worry, it's ok. Steelers roll into basically what is a huge Halloween party for Sunday night. Like the people there the Saints will be trying to impostor a real football team. Luckily the Steelers ARE a real football team.
Pittsburgh 23, Cleveland 22
Passing: Roethlisberger: 19/27, 302 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: Mendenhall: 15 car, 37 yards, 0 TD
Receiving: Ward: 7 rec, 131 yards, 1 TD
Cleveland 30, New Orleans 17a
Passing: Brees: 37/56, 356 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: Ivory: 15 car, 48 yards, 0 TD
Receiving: Colston: 10 rec, 112 yards, 1 TD
Offense (rank in NFL)
Pittsburgh: 300.7 yards/game (26th)
New Orleans: 371.9 yards/game (7th)
Pittsburgh: 181.8 yards/game (26th)
New Orleans: 279.3 yards/game (5th)
Pittsburgh: 118.8 yards/game (11th)
New Orleans: 92.6 yards/game (26th)
Pittsburgh: 22.8 points/game (t14th)
New Orleans: 21.0 points/game (21st)
Pittsburgh: 299.3 yards/game (4th)
New Orleans: 288.4 yards/game (3rd)
Pittsburgh: 63.7 yards/game (1st)
New Orleans: 108.7 yards/game (16th)
Pittsburgh: 235.7 yards/game (24th)
New Orleans: 179.7 yards/game (3rd)
Pittsburgh: 13.7 points/game (1st)
New Orleans: 19.7 points/game (13th)
If that doesn't get your jacked up then nothing will.
The Saints have this half assed saying "Who Dat"
Who Dat Nation? Did that get founded a year ago? Give me a break.
When I hear Who Dat this is what I see, and what they should be using:
Ironically both of these teams are Black and Gold. The Saints have this:
Who is this joke?
The Burgh has Wiz:
Wiz by a mile. Doesn't take just Super Bowls for him to care.
To the game.
The Saints have been struggling this year. A Super Bowl curse? I am starting to become a believer in this more and more. I thought it just might be the Steelers laying an egg but two times with them and now the Saints struggling pretty bad it is coming into focus. Considering the NFC is about as strong as a teenage boys ability to keep it in his pants they have a pretty good chance of making the playoffs.
The Steelers and Saints rarely meet. They have only met two times since 2002 and they have split the two games they had played with the Steelers winning the most recent.
You know what those two score amount to? They amount to as much as a two goal lead in hockey. You know what a two goal lead in hockey amounts to, the same thing your teenage daughters date telling you he is going to keep his hands off your daughter. In other words, not a damn thing.
Everyone treated the Saints last year as if they had the best defense in the league. Far from it. They were very opportunistic and got a lot of turnovers, which is going to make them a good defense. Darren Sharper played unreal football last year. This year? Not so much. The Saints are 26th in the NFL against the run and in the NFL that isn't going to win you a lot of games. Furthermore when your quarterback is giving the ball up like New Orleans prostitutes are giving up STD's then you have a real problem. And no I am not talking about your personal problems New Orleans fans, I am talking about your football team. Take it easy.
The offense for the N.O. is still pretty good. They can be dynamic and put up points in a hurry. Drew Brees does a great job getting rid of the ball as he has only been sacked 11 times on the season. In comparison the trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Dennis Dixon and Chuck Batch have only been downed 12 times. Jesus we have played a lot of quarterbacks.
The Saints have some pretty good skill players they can go with. At wide receiver they are one of best teams in the NFL with a lot of speed and a lot of youth, which makes them very dangerous. The quartet of Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem make it very easy for them to run the spread offense and chuck the ball around, as they did last week to the tone of 56 attempts. The Steelers pass defense is going to have its work cut out for them especially if LaMarr Woodley and Brett Kiesel can't go. This is going to be a big game for Will Gay because he is going to be on the field a lot as I expect the Saints to throw a ton so the nickel package is going to get a lot of snaps.
Poking around a lot of other Saints blogs and message boards I am really seeing fans that think that this team is in serious trouble of not even making the playoffs. I mean do they realize they are playing in the NFC? This is a conference that has the Tampa Bay team, who the Steelers just took to the woodshed, talking about being the best team in the NFC. The Saints will make the playoffs if not just by default. Still a lot of people not happy about how the team is playing and they are worried. Inconsistency is the big word tat is being thrown around the town. That is true. The Saints look like world beaters on one drive and that look like the Broncos against the Raiders on the next drive. Who knows what we will see.
Much more to talk about but I am busy. I have what they call a "real job".
Prediction: Steelers 31, Saints 27