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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Doesn't sound like anything to worry about with Saints LT Terron Armstead's injury. Still waiting to hear on the status of TE Michael Hoomanawanui, who left Friday's game via cart with an apparent leg injury.

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Steelers' offense finds rhythm, Saints not so much (1:50)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees said there is a great sense of urgency to improve after a preseason that hasn't been up to their standards. But he also stresses that it's a big difference from spending a whole week game-planning for an opponent as they'll do against Raiders in Week 1.

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Roethlisberger sharp, Steelers top Saints 27-14

Ben Roethlisberger torched New Orleans' defense for 148 yards and two touchdown passes on his first two series of this preseason, then got the rest of the game off while the Steelers rolled to a

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked if QB Garrett Grayson is making the progress he needs to make, Sean Payton quickly said, "He struggled tonight." Said he was disappointed by a couple of his throws, would like to see him further along.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said the two biggest concerns are "our ability to protect and our ability to rush the passer. ... Two things that are concerning. Obviously very concerning."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

An interception by Saints rookie QB Garrett Grayson late in the fourth quarter. Grayson has been up and down all preseason. Maybe some signs of growth from last year, but he doesn't appear to be challenging Luke McCown for the backup job.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints rookie RB Daniel Lasco, who has had a strong summer as a runner and special teamer, left after absorbing a big helmet-to-helmet hit that drew a penalty against Steelers. Lasco eventually walked off on his own power after being assisted by trainers on the field.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

HALFTIME: STEELERS 21, SAINTS 7. The struggles continue for New Orleans' offensive line this preseason. The starters played the full first half (except for LT Terron Armstead, who had a couple rough moments himself before walking back to locker room with an unspecified ailment). They put one good drive together, but the others were pretty ugly. No sacks, but two holding penalties and an intentional grounding penalty. Also, top RB Mark Ingram ran for just 17 yards on seven carries.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees done for the night -- and presumably for the preseason. Finished on high note with 17-yard TD to Willie Snead and went 9-of-12 for 78 yards, 7 points in three drives. Brees had a decent preseason (2 TDs, 1 INT), but his biggest problem was the struggling offensive line play that didn't give him much time in the pocket. Fair to say Brees and his deep group of receivers remain the Saints' best asset by far.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints WR Willie Snead with an incredible TD catch that may have topped all the highlight catches from Saints WR Michael Thomas so far this summer (and that's saying a lot). Snead went up for 17-yard catch in end zone in double coverage, had it popped loose, but then caught it on his back when it landed on his chest. A couple big catches for Snead tonight -- and a good reminder he's still a big part of Saints' passing game.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

One good thing for Saints tonight -- they're finally winning turnover battle for first time this preseason after a forced fumble by CB Delvin Breaux, recovered by LB Dannell Ellerbe (two of their most promising playmakers this summer). Prevented Pittsburgh from kicking a field goal, but Steelers still lead 14-0 after first quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A holding call spoiled it -- but nice deep completion from Drew Brees to TE Coby Fleener down the middle of the field. Fleener admitted it's been a "work in progress" to adjust to Saints' offense. But definitely has that big-play upside as pass-catching TE in this offense.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

This time Steelers score TD in a hurry against Saints -- on a 57-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown vs. rookie CB De'Vante Harris out of the slot. Harris has been great this summer (and got the start as nickel corner tonight) -- but he hasn't been facing Antonio Brown all summer.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui rides cart back to locker room with apparent leg injury. Veteran backup rotates in quite a bit, mostly as a blocker, since being acquired in trade with New England last season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Same offensive line woes for Saints offense to start third preseason game. A negative run by Mark Ingram on second-and-5, then an incomplete pass under pressure on third-and-6. Offensive line has struggled all preseason so far. Saints are hoping to finally find some rhythm tonight now that the whole starting unit should be out there into second quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' defense gives up a TD on opening drive for the first time this preseason – though they did make the Steelers work for it on a 14-play, 74-yard drive. The TD came on third-and-goal when Ben Roethlisberger scrambled out of a sack, improvised and found an open man – exactly what the Saints warned about this week. Le'Veon Bell also looked great on the drive.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LB James Laurinaitis talked about what a matchup problem Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell presents. Sure enough, Bell spins out of a Laurinaitis tackle near the sideline on a pass catch and goes for first down. Bell's first touch of the preseason.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

DeAngelo Williams warmed up with a pink oxygen mask pregame.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A good-sized Steelers crowd in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for Saints vs. Pittsburgh. Don't always see that in the preseason. Then again, Steelers don't get to New Orleans very often.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Antonio Brown warming up to make his preseason debut for Steelers tonight vs. Saints in Superdome. Saints' defense has been off to surprisingly great start this summer, but they'll really get tested tonight with Brown, Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell all expected to play a couple series.

Team Stats

Passing Yards310.61st
Rushing Yards93.224th
Points For25.58th
Points Against29.832nd

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