In the Numbers: Saints trying to even series vs. Steelers

In the Numbers: Saints trying to even series vs. Steelers

Credit: AP

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, center, looks for a receiver in the second half of an�NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans, Sunday, October 3, 2010. New Orleans defeated Carolina 16-14. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports

wwltv.com

Posted on October 28, 2010 at 1:14 PM

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Up and down. Down and up. One thing is for sure – this Saints season has not been consistent unless you talk about its inconsistency.

After the team’s best performance of the season (31-6 win over Tampa Bay), the team put together possibly its worst performance (30-17 loss to Cleveland).

And now the big bad Steelers are coming to town for a Sunday night showdown.

The Saints have won by 5, 3, 2 and 25 points while the losses have come by 3, 10 and 13 points.

The game opened up as an even odds game.

It’s All History
Few games played between these two teams all time. This will only be the third game since the millennium change. Pittsburgh owns a 7-6 lead in the series, though the teams are 2-2 in games played at the Superdome.

Pittsburgh won the most recent game, 38-31 Nov. 12, 2006 at Heinz Field.

The Saints’ largest margin of victory is 10 in a 24-14 win in 1968 while the biggest margin of defeat was 23 points in a 37-14 loss in 1993.

No team has been held scoreless and Pittsburgh’s 38 points in the 2006 contest is the most points scored by one team in a game.

Comparatively speaking
Let’s do some comparing between the Saints and Steelers:
   
Points scored/allowed: Saints (21.0/19.7), Steelers (22.8/13.7)
Yards per game: Saints (371.9), Steelers (300.7)
Yards per game allowed: Saints (288.8), Steelers (299.3)
Turnover margin: Saints (minus-5), Steelers (plus-9)
Sacks by: Saints (12), Steelers (18)

2010 3's Company (offensive third-down analysis)   
84 plays overall of which 14 were runs and 74 were passes. They have averaged 4.07 yards per run and 6.05 yards per pass play.
• Third-and-short (1-2 yards) - 12 runs, 9 first downs; 12 passes, 9 first downs
• Third-and-(3-5) - 1 run, 1 first down; 20 passes, 9 first downs
• Third-and-(6-10) - 0 runs, 0 first downs; 29 passes, 14 first downs
• Third-and-(11-15) - 1 run, 0 first down; 5 passes, 0 first downs
• Third-and-(16-plus) - 0 runs, 0 first downs; 8 passes, 0 first downs

2010 3's Company (defensive third-down analysis)   
93 plays overall of which 22 were runs and 71 were passes. They have averaged 0.27 yards per run and 4.93 yards per pass play.
• Third-and-short (1-2 yards) - 16 runs, 10 first downs; 6 passes, 4 first downs
• Third-and-(3-5) - 4 run, 0 first down; 19 passes, 9 first downs
• Third-and-(6-10) - 1 runs, 0 first downs; 34 passes, 12 first downs
• Third-and-(11-15) - 1 run, 0 first down; 9 passes, 2 first downs
• Third-and-(16-plus) - 0 runs, 0 first downs; 3 passes, 0 first downs
 

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