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Saints vs. Steelers first half open thread

Saints at Steelers kick off at 1 p.m. ET, let's get after it, Steelers fans.

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The magnitude of this game is pretty big. A win gives them some breathing room with a really difficult road tilt on tap with the Bengals next week. A loss basically means it's a playoff mentality - win out or go home - the rest of the way.

It will rest on a Steelers' team that's far better at home than on the road. It will be critical for the Steelers offense to get off to a good start and let its defense overcome its typically slow start. That will be tough to do against one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Saints are capable of moving the ball and scoring points in a variety of ways, all under the direction of one of the best passers in the game, Drew Brees.

This is a big one.

Please be respectful toward one another here today, as always, and stick around after the game for Steelers Final Score, our postgame call-in show. The link is here, we'll go on live around 15 minutes after the game.