Coming off the bye week, the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. The Eagles sit atop the NFC East at 6-0, while the Steelers are last in the AFC North at 2-5. The Steelers season quickly took a turn when TJ Watt went down injured. Although they don’t have the talent at quarterback, their defense has been good enough to keep them in games. The loss of Watt cannot be understated, as he is a game wrecker. In the last few seasons, an aging and declining Roselithburger was able to keep the team afloat, but not having a clear number one starter this season is showing how important the quarterback position is.

Comparing the Two Teams

Philadelphia

The Eagles sit fourth in the league at 26.8 ppg. They average 394.5 yards a game, with 238.5 coming in the air and 156 yards on the ground. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles defense only gives up 17.5 ppg while allowing 297.8 yards per game.

Pittsburgh

The Steelers are 31st in points per game, only scoring 15.3 ppg. They average 298.6 yards a game, with 210.7 coming in the air and 87.9 yards on the ground. The Steelers defense is giving up 23.1 ppg and is allowing 394.3 yards a game.

The Game 

The Eagles hold the advantage in every category over the Steelers. They also have the benefit of coming off the bye week. The Eagles were a little dinged up after their game against the Cowboys. Although a little early in the season this was a good time for the bye. Last week the Steelers fell to the Dolphins 10-16. Like most games in the previous three years the Steelers defense has kept the team in games. You would hope it would look different this week against a more talented Eagles team.

Philadelphia should be able to continue its turnover dominance and force rookie QB Kenny Pickett into turnovers. He had three interceptions last week against Miami. Before the bye, Hurts went up against the toughest defense he has faced all season and held his own. This should only help him going against the Steelers. Pittsburgh has been able to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks but the Eagles possess the best offensive line in the game. If Hurts can continue the trend of staying ahead of the sticks and not turning the ball over, there is no reason the Eagles undefeated season doesn’t continue.

Let’s not forget this game is also in Philadelphia, where the Eagles crowd will surely be fired up trying to win the battle of Pennsylvania. The vibes are high in Philadelphia sports at the moment and I believe the Phillies success will lead to an even crazier crowd on Sunday.

Prediction

The Eagles should be able to win this game handily. They must keep the pressure on in the second half and play a complete game offensively. I assume there will be some tense moments as there usually are, but they will get an early lead and never lose it. Look for the Eagles to be 7-0 after taking down the Steelers by a score of 28-13.

 

Photo Credit: Jerry Habraken/The News Journal – USA TODAY NETWORK

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