Steelers Want To Reveal True Self At Friday's NFLX Dress-Rehearsal vs. Saints

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 7:09 PM UTC

Our NFL betting expert was 2-0-1 during last week’s preseason action. Read on and get his exclusive analysis on this Friday’s Pittsburgh and New Orleans game, and get yourself an NFL pick.

Winless Teams Meet in New Orleans
The Steelers and Saints square off on Friday, and both teams will be looking for their first preseason win. The opening kickoff at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is slated for 8:00 PM ET. At the time of this writing (8/23), New Orleans is a 1.0-point favorite at NFL Odds, and the posted total is 45.0. These teams haven’t met during preseason action since 2007.


“Big Ben” 2016 Preseason Debut
Ben Roethlisberger sat out the Steelers first two preseason games, and he’ll be under center to start Friday’s game. “Big Ben” will certainly be a welcomed sight to Steelers fans. After all, they watched their favorite team get blown out by scores of 30-17 by Detroit, 17-0 against Philadelphia, and both of those contests occurred at home. Needless to say, the Steelers failed to cover on each occasion. Without their star quarterback, Pittsburgh was only able to score a combined 17 points and gained a paltry 394 yards of total offense. Backup quarterback Landry Jones didn’t help his cause to attain the #2 job. That was especially apparent in last week’s defeat against the Eagles when Jones tossed 4 first half interceptions.


When the Saints Come Marching Home
New Orleans opened their 2016 preseason with two road losses and fell short of an ATS win both times as an underdog. The Saints opened with a 34-22 defeat at New England, and then last week fell 16-9 in Houston. Drew Brees saw limited playing time in each game and was 6-9 for 66 yards with no touchdowns and 1 interception. Although it’s only preseason, the Saints coaching staff can’t be pleased with their team’s ball security thus far. New Orleans has committed 7 turnovers and forced just two takeaways themselves. By the way, New Orleans is 0-7 SU&ATS over their last seven preseason contests and lost by an average of 10.7 points per game.


Early Betting Value On These Spread Winners For NFLX Week 3


NFL Preseason Betting Angles
Any NFL preseason away team (Steelers) playing in Game 3, coming off SU&ATS losses in each of their first two contests, and in Game 2 scored 23 points or less as a favorite, resulted in those road teams going 20-5 SU&ATS (80%) since 1985.

Any team (Saints) playing in Game 3 of the preseason, coming off underdog ATS losses in each of its first two contests, and they scored 20 points or less during their last outing resulted in those teams going 1-15 SU&ATS since 1986.


Final Take and Pick
Game 3 of the preseason is about as close to a regular season game as it gets. Starters on both sides will see their most extensive playing time since training camp began, and most won’t play in each team’s preseason finales. Putting those statements into proper perspective, don’t look for anything to be exotic or uniquely creative, and schemes will remain very vanilla. Having said that, Pittsburgh is a much better team than New Orleans when it pertains to comparing first line players. I’m going with the road team in this game for one of my Friday NFL picks.


Free NFL Pick: Pittsburgh +1.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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