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Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. New Orleans Saints: NFL Week 8 Capsules

The past two Super Bowl champions are set to meet this coming Sunday night in New Orleans when the Saints host the Pittsburgh Steelers in an intriguing inter-conference matchup.The Saints, like so many Super Bowl champions before them, look out of sorts in their title defense efforts. The Steelers meanwhile are off to an impressive 5-1 start to the year after missing the playoffs in '09. To get our coverage started this week in preparation for the Week 8 game on Sunday night, let's take a look at the series history, as well as the up-to-date season stats for both squads.

SERIES

STEELERS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

7-6

 

STREAKS

3 of past 4

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Tomlin: 0-0

Payton: 0-1

LAST WEEK

W 23-22 at Dolphins

L 30-17 vs. Browns

LAST GAME

11/12/06: Saints 31 at Steelers 38. Pittsburgh RB Willie Parker runs for 213 yards & 2 TDs as Steelers overcome 24-17 halftime deficit.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/6/02: Saints 32, Steelers 29. New Orleans RB Deuce McAllister rushes for 123 yards & 2 TDs, including 52-yard score, as Saints hold off late Steelers comeback attempt.

BROADCAST

NBC (7:20 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Dave Simms, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 127 (WW1), 125 (Pit.), 126 (NO). XM: 104 (WW1), 102 (Pit.), 103 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Roethlisberger: 35-54-559-5-1-122.4

Brees: 200-287-2,029 (1C)-14 (T1L)-10-91.4 (2C)

RUSHING

Mendenhall: 131-532-4.1-5

Ivory (R): 59-325-5.5-0

RECEIVING

Ward: 24-350-14.6-3

Colston: 40-452-11.3-1

OFFENSE

300.7

371.9

TAKE/GIVE

+8 (T2L)

-5

DEFENSE

299.3 (2C)

288.4 (3L)

SACKS

Harrison: 5

Ellis: 3

INTs

Polamalu: 2

4 tied: 1

PUNTING

Sepulveda: 46.8 (3C)

Morstead: 47.6 (1C)

KICKING

Reed: 47 (14/14 PAT; 11/15 FG)

Hartley: 31 (13/13 PAT; 6/10 FG)

 

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.