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Detillier: Saints win over Steelers ranks right at the top

December 24, 2018 - 10:04 am
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By: Jordan Fiegel

WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier summed it up for the Who Dat Nation.

“That was one heckuva football game to watch.”

The New Orleans Saints beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-28 in a contest that went down to the wire.  New Orleans led for much of the game, but Pittsburgh came back to take the lead late in the 3rd quarter.  The Steelers largely relied on their potent pass game.

“The Steelers have one of the best receiving corps in the league,” Detillier said.  “If Antonio Brown is not the best wide receiver, he’s certainly in that top two.  And if JuJu Smith-Schuster has a groin injury right now, I’d hate to see him healthy.”

Brown and Smith-Schuster combined for 25 receptions for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns.  In the previous two games, the Saints defense hadn’t allowed more than 279 passing yards total. 

It didn’t matter in the end, though.  The Saints did what they needed to do to pull out the victory.  Special teams stopped a fake punt to set up great field position.  Then the offense scored the go-ahead touchdown with under two minutes left.  Then the defense forced two turnovers, including one on the Steelers’ final drive. 

“This was a huge win, with what was at stake here, what was on the line,” Detillier said.  He continued, highlighting the import of this win. “The Saints could’ve won and clinched next week against the Panthers, but winning it against that type of football team at home, guaranteeing you the #1 seed, guaranteeing that everything will go through the Superdome, yeah, this win ranks right at the top.”

With the #1 seed in the NFC locked up, the regular season finale against the Carolina Panthers has no effect on the playoff race.  How much will the Saints’ starters play?

“You won’t see Drew Brees, but you can’t rest everybody because of the roster size,” Detillier explained..  You’ve got a 53 man roster, and you have some players who are inactive.  You can rest certain people, but most of the starters are going to see at least some playing time.”

Check out Mike Detillier’s whole conversation with WWL’s Bob Mitchell below.


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