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The Steelers-Saints series has seen some high-scoring games of late, with three of the last four meetings producing better than 60 points. New Orleans has won the last two, 20-10 in the Big Easy in 2010 and 35-32 at Heinz Field in 2014.

The Steelers won at home over the Patriots last week, 17-10. It was Pittsburgh's fifth consecutive game decided by seven points or fewer, marking just the third time since 1980 that a Steelers team has played at least five straight games in one season decided by that small a margin (also 2009 and 2012).

The Saints scored only one TD in Monday's win at Carolina but pulled out a 12-9 victory. It was the first time since 1998 that New Orleans won a game when scoring 12 points or fewer. It was a 12-9 win -- the team's 12th of the season -- and the only Saints TD came with 12:12 remaining in the game.

Last week, Antonio Brown tied his own single-season Steelers record with his 13th TD reception of the season (also had 13 in 2014). Brown leads the NFL in touchdown catches in 2018; Lynn Swann (1975) is the only Pittsburgh player ever to lead the NFL or share the league lead in receiving TDs in a year.

Alvin Kamara needs 13 scrimmage yards for a second season with 1500. With 47 more receiving yards in 2018, he would become the second NFL player all-time with at least 1500 rushing yards and 1500 receiving yards in his first two seasons, joining Herschel Walker (Dallas, 1986 and '87).

In 2018, Ben Roethlisberger or Drew Brees ranks in the league's top five in each of the following categories: completions, completion percentage, passing yards, TD passes and passer rating. The two QBs have combined for 129,638 passing yards, 878 TD passes and 297 wins in their regular-season careers.

 

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