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Steelers-Saints Preview Capsule

December 20, 2018

PITTSBURGH (8-5-1) at NEW ORLEANS (12-2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Saints by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Pittsburgh 7-6-1, New Orleans 10-4

SERIES RECORD — Saints lead 8-7

LAST MEETING — Saints beat Steelers 35-32, Nov. 30, 2014

LAST WEEK — Steelers beat Patriots 17-10; Saints beat Panthers 12-9

AP PRO32 RANKING — Steelers No. 8, Saints No. 1

STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (30), PASS (3)

STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (6), PASS (13)

SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (8), PASS (11)

SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (1), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers lead Ravens by half-game in AFC North. ... Pittsburgh clinches third straight division title with win and Baltimore loss to Los Angeles Chargers. Steelers earn fifth consecutive playoff berth with win and losses by Indianapolis and Tennessee. ... Pittsburgh’s last victory in New Orleans came in 1990. ... Steelers 32-15 against NFC under coach Mike Tomlin. ... Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown 10 receptions short of NFL-record sixth consecutive 100-catch season. Brown’s 13 TD receptions lead NFL, matching career high and franchise record set in 2014. ... WR Ju Ju Smith-Schuster has 100-plus yards receiving in six of seven road games. ... Pittsburgh rookie RB Jaylen Samuels posted 172 total yards (142 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving) in spot start last week against Patriots. ... Steelers LB T.J. Watt’s 18 career sacks most by player in first two seasons in franchise history. ... Pittsburgh assured of 15th straight non-losing season, second-longest active streak in NFL. ... Steelers sticking with K Chris Boswell. Team held open tryouts last week with Boswell struggling. ... Saints clinch No. 1 playoff seed in NFC with one win in last two games, both at home. ... Saints 5-1 in Superdome, averaging 38 points. ... One more win gives Saints third 13-win season in era of coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees that began in 2006. First two in 2009, 2011. Saints need two wins for franchise’s first 14-win regular season. ... Brees’ 74.9 completion percentage leads NFL. Single-season record for completion rate is 72 percent, set by Brees last season. ... During six home games, Brees has completed 77.7 percent (153 of 197) for 1,925 yards (320.8 per game) with 20 TDs and one INT. ... WR Michael Thomas leads NFL with 109 receptions, ranks fourth in NFC with 1,267 yards receiving. ... RB Alvin Kamara’s 16 TDs rank second in NFL. His 1,487 scrimmage yards rank sixth. He had 103 scrimmage yards, TD rushing last week at Carolina. ... LB Demario Davis led Saints with eight tackles and had sack last week. He leads team with 103 tackles in 2018, his fourth season with 100-plus tackles. ... DE Cameron Jordan has six sacks in past four games. ... Fantasy tip: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has 2,385 yards passing (340.7 per game), 12 TDs passing, two rushing in seven road games. Saints have allowed 262.5 yards passing per game. If Saints’ offense maintains torrid home scoring pace and Steelers fall behind, more reason for Roethlisberger to throw.

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