The Pittsburgh Steelers face another crucial matchup against an even tougher opponent on Sunday in their quest to keep their playoff dreams alive, and few have been as hard to beat as the New Orleans Saints in 2018.
Boasting an 12-2 record, while the Saints have destroyed several of the teams they have met this season, wins have become more of a struggle as of late since they lost only their second game of the year to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. While New Orleans are far from unbeatable, they will be an especially difficult matchup for the Steelers on the road if both James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster are sidelined for the game with injuries.
Possessing the No. 1 run defense in the league, it would have been hard enough to move the ball on the ground against the Saints even with Conner in the lineup and Pittsburgh’s best chances of a victory will depend on the arm of Ben Roethlisberger against the NFL’s 28th ranked pass defense in terms of yards given up. Keeping Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense out of the endzone is a whole different nightmare and the contest could very easily end up being a shootout on Sunday.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5-1) @ New Orleans Saints (12-2)
Date: Sunday, December 23.
Kickoff: 4.25 p.m. ET.
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Weather: Dome Stadium.
TV Channel: CBS, broadcast locally on KDKA-TV-2, with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo as commentators and Tracy Wolfson the sideline reporter. Check the national broadcast map to see if the game is on in your area.
Online Streaming: NFL.com Game Pass on delay in the U.S and live for international viewers or live in the U.S via a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket. FuboTV also allows you to stream the game online. The NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis.
Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin as commentators and Craig Wolfley as the sideline reporter. Broadcast live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area and via their local affiliates. Listen online via Steelers.com and with the Steelers Official Mobile App. Alternatively, you can listen to a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
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James Conner is expected to miss his third game of the year on Sunday, while the status of JuJu Smith-Schuster will also be of concern after he picked up a groin injury at practice on Thursday.