NFL Week 8 Predictions: Steelers vs Saints Betting Odds

October 29th, 2010 by

steelers vs saintsThere are a lot stats that you can look at when trying to measure the how good this year’s 5-1 Pittsburgh Steelers has been so far in the 2010 NFL gambling action. You can obviously look at their defensive stats: #1 overall defense (13.7 points per game), #1 rush defense by a huge margin (63.7 yards per game).

Or you could point to the fact that the Steelers, despite a pretty tough schedule still managed to win 3 of 4 games early in the season without All Pro QB Ben Roethlisberger who was suspended for putrid behavior.

But the one stat that is often overlooked and is the true measure of a good NFL team is its road record. And so far this season the Steelers are a perfect 3-0 when playing outside the windy, Steel City Beer infused, confines of Heinz Field.

This weekend the team will try to run its record to a perfect 4-0 in the Super Dome against the team that took the Super Bowl trophy from it: the 4-2 New Orleans Saints.

Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 8:25 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Saints as a 1-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.

No doubt both teams will be looking to prove something as the two most current holders of the Lombardi trophy and the fact that this is the Sunday Night Game of the Week broadcast to a live national audience ought to crank the action up a notch as well.

On paper this is a matchup of one of the best QBs in the NFL, Drew Brees (2,029 yards, 289.9 ypg, 14 TDs, 10 INTs) against the best defense in the league, the aforementioned Steelers.

That’s the key storyline here and the one that the sports media and most of the sports betting fans will be focused on.

But that negates a very big piece of the puzzle, namely Big Ben.

The Steelers defense gets all the headlines and all the credit but this Steelers offense, with Big Ben at the helm is one of the most balanced and most effective units in the league.

Brees and the Steelers’ D will battle all night but it’s likely Roethlisberger and his troops will win this NFL betting odds war with a strong running game and a deep strike passing game.

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