The New Orleans Saints are set to travel to Acrisure Stadium to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a week ten matchup. The Saints come into the game with a rather disappointing 3-6 record. Despite this, they still sit in third place in the NFC South and are far from being eliminated from postseason contention if they can right the ship. Pittsburgh enters the contest with a record of 2-6 and currently sit at the bottom of the AFC North. With this being the debut year of rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, the bar was set low for the Steelers. Despite this, they have proven to be a tough team to beat even for some of the league’s top teams. Depending on what version of the Saints shows up on Sunday, this could end up being a very close game and one of the better games to watch on the 1:00 PM slate for week ten.
New Orleans Saints Look to Make Up Ground In Tight NFC South Divisional Race
As previously mentioned, the Saints have had a very tough opening half to the 2022 season. Many expected for them to be a playoff team coming into the season, however, they will have to make up some ground in the second half of the season for this to occur. Despite the slow start, New Orleans still has more than enough time to catch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in first place.
They have a perfect opportunity to begin their journey back to the top of the division this week. The Steelers have struggled with Kenny Pickett under center. Along with this, running back Najee Harris has seen a massive regression in his stats when compared to last season. With this obviously being the beginning of a rebuild for Pittsburgh, they will not be the most competitive team this season. If the Saints are able to take advantage of that this week, it would be a massive step in the right direction. If running back Alvin Kamara can continue his elite run through the past few games, it could be a long day for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Steelers Hope to Withstand the Tank
Despite having a lot of holes in their roster, the Pittsburgh Steelers have still remained competitive in a majority of their games. In their last game, they suffered a tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles by a final score of 35-15. Although they had a tough game against the Eagles, their defensive unit has stepped up for their lacking offense through the first half of the season. With Pittsburgh recently trading wide receiver Chase Claypool to the Chicago Bears, it is clear that the Steelers are in no rush to improve their passing game and are confident in their defense’s ability to lead them through this rebuilding process. With Saints quarterback Andy Dalton struggling through the first half of the year, this will be another week in which the defense can keep Pittsburgh alive.