The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t beaten the New Orleans Saints since 2006, but they’ll the get the opportunity to snap a three-game losing streak against the NFL’s other Black and Gold team, while attempting to turn around the miserable start to their 2022 season.
STEELERS GAMEDAY INFO
Week 10, Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6) vs New Orleans Saints (3-6)
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, 1 p.m.
Acrisure Stadium, (68,400, Grass)
TV: FOX (Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink) (TV map)
Radio: Steelers Radio Network, 102.5 WDVE-FM (Bill Hillgrove, Craig Wolfley, Missi Mathews, Max Starks)
SN Coverage: Alan Saunders, Nick Farabaugh
Forecast: Cloudy, 39 degrees, wind W 13 mph
Line: Steelers +1.5, +108, over/under 39.5 DraftKings Promo
The Steelers have as close as possible to a must-win football game this week. The team is 2-6 coming out of its bye week. A date with the Cincinnati Bengals looms in seven more days, probably the most difficult game of the second half of Pittsburgh’s season. If they lose to the Saints, they’re staring at a likely 2-8 start and needing a miracle to get into the postseason.
However, a win over New Orleans can keep Pittsburgh alive for a long time. Even if they then stumble against the Bengals, a 3-7 record heading into a stretch of games that has the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders in five-week stretch at least makes things look doable.
Basically, the Steelers can’t afford to lose more than two more games to have a reasonable chance of making the postseason, and the Saints are far from the second-most difficult game left on the schedule.
The Steelers signed kicker Matthew Wright, placed kicker Chris Boswell and cornerback William Jackson III on the injured reserve list, activated safety Damontae Kazee and outside linebacker T.J. Watt from the injured reserve list, and elevated safety Elijah Riley from the practice squad.
FROM THE OTHER SIDE
The Saints are having just as bad of a season as the Steelers are, and yet still have everything in front of them. In fact, a Saints win over the Steelers and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to the Seattle Seahawks in German earlier on Sunday morning would leave New Orleans in first place.
So despite Andy Dalton looking every bit his age and a supporting cast missing Michael Thomas and Mark Ingram II, expect the Saints to be running basically the same game plan they’ve been running out there so far.