Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New Orleans Saints 2010 NFL Picks, Vegas Odds & NFL Predictions Week 8: The NFL’s last two Super Bowl champs face-off in New Orleans on Halloween night for week eight of the NFL predictions season as the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) versus the New Orleans Saints (4-3), and, as quarterback Drew Brees commented, “it should be a wild scene.” Vegas odds makers have picked the Saints as -1(-105) point NFL picks favorites but this line has moved depending on where you are making your NFL predictions from a Steelers -1 point favorites to a 0(-110) “pick em” Vegas line.
Last NFL predictions season, New Orleans was 6-2 at home but they have already suffered two home losses in the 2010 NFL predictions season, including last week’s stunning 30-17 NFL pick loss to the Cleveland Browns. In that week 7 NFL picks contest, Brees threw four interceptions, including 2 six-picks to the same player. Brees will have to contend with a Pittsburgh defensive secondary that is ranked near the bottom in passing yardage allowed but has only given-up 4 TD passes against 9 INTs. Brees has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 14 TDs and eight different players have caught touchdown passes, with Lance Moore leading the way this NFL predictions season. Marques Colston is always dangerous and he will most likely face Ike Taylor of the Steelers. Pittsburgh is the #1 rushing defense in the NFL this NFL picks season and many teams have abandoned the run by half-time. With Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas ailing, Chris Ivory has done well but you can expect the Saints to pass, a lot, in this week 8 NFL predictions contest, and should find success in the middle of the field against the Steelers’ zone defense.
Pittsburgh narrowly escaped Miami with a NFL predictions victory last week after the Ben Roethlisberger fumble in the end zone that was ruled down at the half-yard line. Pittsburgh escaped with a NFL picks victory but lost two key defensive players, DE Aaron Smith who might be out for the year with a torn triceps muscle, and OLB LaMarr Woodley with a hamstring. The Steelers’ top-ranked defense, though, still features LBs James Harrison and Lawrence Timmons as well as all-world safety Troy Polamalu. They will have their hands full against a Saints’ offense that should play angry after last week’s NFL picks loss against the Browns. Roethlisberger has been outstanding since his return from suspension, completing 64.8% of his passes, and looking sharp finding Hines Ward, Heath Miller, and Mike Wallace streaking deep in the passing game. Roethlisberger should have a big week 8 NFL predictions match-up again as the Saints two starting corners are banged-up, and could himself in a pitching duel against Brees.
This is the marquee NFL predictions contest of the week and could see lots of fireworks, on the field and in the stands. The Steelers are undefeated on the road this NFL picks season and, though they may give-up some big plays, look for Pittsburgh to upset New Orleans, covering the Vegas spread, and winning the the week 8 NFL picks contest outright.
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