Brees vs. Steelers: Certainly not the mismatch it appears


PITTSBURGH — This is one week in which the Pittsburgh Steelers are truly convinced that numbers lie.

Glance at an NFL statistics sheet, and it appears the Steelers (5-1) simply won’t be able to keep up with the New Orleans Saints (4-3) during Sunday night’s matchup of the past two Super Bowl champions.

The Saints, thanks to quarterback Drew Brees, are No. 1 with a 69.7 pass completion rate. The Steelers are fifth from the bottom among defenses, allowing opponents to complete 66.2 percent of their passes. During the fourth quarter, the Steelers rank a dreadful 31st, as opponents complete nearly 70 percent of their passes.

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