The New Orleans Saints are set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10 in what could be a very ugly game.
The Saints weren't the favorites in Week 9's matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, and they're still not the favorites against the lowly Pittsburgh Steelers.
Per some sportsbooks, NOLA enters as 2.5-point favorites as the away team, but based on the team's dismal outing against the Ravens last week, NFL experts expect the Saints to continue their sad and pitiful downward slide.
Andy Dalton will likely start under center, though at least he's not playing in primetime. Alvin Kamara hasn't been able to make a consistent impact in the run game, and the Saints are also suffering from heavy losses inflicted in the Ravens game.
Saints predicted to fall to the down-bad Steelers in Week 10
Here's who the experts are picking to win Week 10 -- look away if you're a Saints fan.
- Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Saints 20, Steelers 23
- Tommy Jaggi, Still Curtain: Saints 17, Steelers 20
- Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Saints 23, Steelers 24
This is about as rough as it gets. The league saw how thoroughly the Ravens manhandled the Saints on Monday night as New Orleans struggled in every area of the field.
Almost all the experts believe the Steelers' extra week of rest will send them flying through the gate while the Saints could look as limp and ineffective as ever. The Saints had no answer for new Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith and may have to face another elite defender in Week 10: T.J. Watt.
The Steelers' star pass-rusher is reported to return in time for the game after missing the majority of the 2022 season, and that definitely spells bad news for Andy Dalton, who has not performed well against pressure this year.
Majority doesn't always rule, but it seems like the Saints are looking down the barrel of their seventh loss of 2022.
Can this season get any worse for the New Orleans Saints? Yes, yes it can.