New Orleans Saints vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Playoff Betting Tips
The Pittsburgh Steelers snapped a three-game losing streak to return to the top of the AFC North with an upset win over the New England Patriots last weekend. But things are about to get even harder for the Steelers, with a must-win match at league leader the New Orleans Saints on Monday at 8:25 a.m. AEST.
NFL Playoff Positions at Stake
With two matches to go before the NFL playoffs, the stakes couldn’t be bigger. Thanks to the LA Rams’ surprise loss to Philadelphia, the Saints (12-2) can seal the NFC top seed if they beat Pittsburgh. The Steelers (8-5-1) lead the Baltimore Ravens by a half-game in the AFC North and have four other teams breathing down their necks for wildcard spots. They’ll probably need to win their last two against the Saints and Cincinnati to make the playoffs.
#Steelers Mike Tomlin is now one of five head coaches in #NFL history to begin a head coaching tenure with at least 12 consecutive non-losing seasons, joining Marty Schottenheimer (1984-97, 14), Don Shula (1963-75, 13), George Allen (1966-77, 12) and Curly Lambeau (1921-32, 12).— Dom Rinelli (@drinelli) 17 December 2018
The Steelers did a great job holding off the Pats’ famous offence last week, but the reality is their last two road trips have ended in losses to Oakland, who are 3-11, and Denver who are 6-8. The Saints don’t look like losing, and for that reason we like Neds’ offer of -5.5 at the line or 1.41 head-to-head.
Brees, Roethlisberger Familiar Faces at QB
Being from different conferences, the Saints and Steelers only meet once every four years, and yet veteran quarterbacks Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger have lined up in each of the last three encounters – in 2006, 2010, and 2014. Brees threw five TDs to Roethlisberger’s two in the Saints’ 35-32 win in Pittsburgh in 2014. While Brees leads the TD count 31-30 this year, the Saints’ success is due partly to having the second-best rushing offense in the league at 127.4 yards per game.
New Orleans are scoring 32.8 points per game, second in the league, and the Steelers a respectable 27.4 ppg. With that in mind, Unibet’s 2.80 for a Saints win and over 53.5 points total looks pretty generous.