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NFL Featured Game of the Week - Steelers/Saints

On this page we will give a score by score breakdown of the PossessionPoints stat as the game progresses. There will be the familiar PossessionPoints game chart as well as written explanations. There will be additional commentary will be made on our Twitter feed on this and other games. 

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Featured Game Week 8 - Pittsburgh Steelers At New Orleans Saints

     The Steelers had their number 1 QB suspended for the first 4 games, the Saints are the defending champs and have had a healthy Drew Brees every game. Of course you know that means the Steelers are 5-1 while the Saints are 4-3. So this matchup is no different than many others this year, what you think you know about these teams needs to be questioned here in Week 8. We can't wait to see how this one turns out, we slightly favor the 1 point underdog Steelers. 
Team Points Offense Effect Net Effect Defense Effect Time of Last Score
Steelers 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Future
Saints 0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
Well, the Steelers strike first after a 6 minute and 11 second drive. It is kind of a letdown since they thought they had a TD that was overturned. With 1st and goal from inside the 1 they decide not to try a QB sneak twice and don't make the TD. They settle for a field goal.
Team Points Offense Effect Net Effect Defense Effect Time of Last Score
Steelers 3 24.7 24.7 0.0 2Q
Saints 0 0.0 -24.7 24.7 9:09
The Steelers tried and missed a 51 yard field goal with a minute and 30 seconds remaining in the half. That set the Saints up with good field position on the 41 and they quickly advanced into field goal range and even had a shot or two for a TD. In the end they settled for a field goal. Neither team had an impressive PossessionPoints half.
Team Points Offense Effect Net Effect Defense Effect Time of Last Score
Steelers 3 24.7 20.5 4.2 2Q
Saints 3 4.2 -20.5 24.7 0:08
Saints take second half kick-off and drive to the goal line but like the Steelers in the first half couldn't punch it in. So the Saints have a nice 6 minute 36 second field goal drive. It got them a good number of PossessionPoints but they and the Steelers are still in the Red.
Team Points Offense Effect Net Effect Defense Effect Time of Last Score
Steelers 3 24.7 -12.5 37.2 3Q
Saints 6 37.2 12.5 24.7 8:24
That was a big drive for the Saints. They went for another 6 minute plus drive but this time ended up with at TD. Their PossessionPoints almost turned green at 99. It isn't looking good for the Steelers.
Team Points Offense Effect Net Effect Defense Effect Time of Last Score
Steelers 3 24.7 -74.6 99.4 4Q
Saints 13 99.4 74.6 24.7 12:55
Steelers answer quickly, that helps them on the scoreboard but doesn't add a lot to their PossessionPoints total. Based on PossessionPoints the Saints are still looking pretty strong.
Team Points Offense Effect Net Effect Defense Effect Time of Last Score
Steelers 10 45.9 -53.5 99.4 4Q
Saints 13 99.4 53.5 45.9 10:48
We said it wasn't looking good for the Steelers, now the Saints are sitting on what we call a green sweep. If you look to the right you should see immediately why we call it that. The Saints are well positioned to win this game with just 2:37 remaining.
Team Points Offense Effect Net Effect Defense Effect Time of Last Score
Steelers 10 45.9 -91.3 137.2 4Q
Saints 20 137.2 91.3 45.9 2:37
And the final result is the Green sweep for the Saints. This year has been very tough to figure. The fun is going to continue next week and there will be many division races going down to the final week. The good thing is there won't be a bunch of teams sitting their starters in the final week.
Team Points Offense Effect Net Effect Defense Effect Time of Last Score
Steelers 10 45.9 -91.3 137.2 Final
Saints 20 137.2 91.3 45.9