After a long 3 week road trip, the Saints will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game with major playoff implications. If the Saints win 1 of the next 2 games, they will secure the #1 seed in the NFC and make the road to the Mercedes Benz Superbowl go through the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The Steelers are in a heated battle with the Ravens for their division crown, with only a half game lead over Baltimore.
Both teams have long been known for their offenses led by future hall of famers, but the big surprise this year has been the play of the defense by both teams. Over the last 7 weeks the Saints have had the best scoring defense and have been almost invincible in the second half. An unusual turn of events has been watching the defense carry the offense. Since the Dallas game, the Saints offense has not been the same, but coming home could do wonders to wake the sleeping giant. In a game with as much on the line as this one, there is sure to be lots of unlikely events. I’m going to take a look into my crystal ball and see how many of these unlikely events we can predict.
1. The Saints defense shows up big again.
The defense will continue their stellar play and coax Big Ben into throwing multiple interceptions. Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins will create havoc on the line and come up with big sacks each and Demario Davis will run around like a mad man tackling everything that touches the turf.
2. The offense will get back on track and score at least 30 points.
Drew Brees and the offense has spent most of the season looking unstoppable and having his name favored as the league MVP, but over the last 3 weeks the only team producing less yards was the Arizona Cardinals. Drew Brees will show Big Ben what a real hall of fame quarterback plays like and throw all over the Pittsburgh defense and putting his name back on top of the MVP race.
3. Probowl snubs will show out.
The Probowl balloting results came out this week and several key Saints players did not make the cut. Kamara, Lutz, Rankins, and Hardee were some of the key players not getting the invite. Several of the players took to social media to voice their disagreement. But, most players took to turning the negative into a positive and using the snub as extra motivation to show the world why they should have been chosen. To be quite honest though we all know those invites do not matter this year because none of the players will be available to play in the game.
4. Taysom Hill throws for a touchdown.
When Taysom comes into the game you can almost guarantee he is going to run the ball, because 90% of the time his number is called he does run it. One of these times that Hill is at QB and Brees is lined up at the wide out they’re going to bait the team in to sale out on Hill and throw it to Brees. Maybe Brees doesnt get the touchdown reception this game, but someone else will.
5. Dome Sweet Dome the Superdome plays a huge advantage for the Saints.
There are few places in the NFL as hard to play in for an opposing team than in the Superdome. The last home game the Saints had was almost a month ago winning on Thanksgiving against the Falcons. The fans will be ready to bring the noise and make it as hostile as possible for the Steelers. The Steelers will have at least 2 false starts and several rushed snaps due to the noise.
The Saints will not disappoint the home crowd and secure home field advantage for the playoffs with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers will continue in their inconsistent ways and lose in New Orleans not being able to steel the victory. The game will not be a total blow out, but the Saints win comfortably 34-24. WHODAT!!!
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