Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles battle for state supremacy as they meet on Sunday for an NFL football match up at Heinz Field. The Steelers are -3.5 point favorites over the Eagles with an over/under point total set at 44.5.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off of a bye week and are looking to level their record after starting the year 1-2. QB Ben Roethlisberger has completed 68.3 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and an interception while being sacked nine times and being knocked down and hit countless more times. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer have been filling in for the injured Rashard Mendenhall who may return this week but neither has averaged more than three yards per carry. Antonio Brown has 18 catches and a touchdown, Mike Wallace has 17 catches and three touchdowns, and Heath Miller has 15 catches and four touchdowns. Defensively the Steelers allow 25 points per game, 101 rushing yards per game, and 190.3 passing yards with just one interception and five sacks. Larry Foote leads Pittsburgh with 23 tackles, Ryan Clark has 15 tackles in just two games, and LaMarr Woodley has two sacks. The Steelers entered the season banged up and while their bye came early it couldn’t have come at a better time as it gives Troy Polamalu and James Harrison more time to heal to possibly get back on the field for this one.
The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t made it look pretty or easy but entering week five of the NFL season they are in first place in the NFL East. QB Michael Vick has completed 56.8 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and six interceptions and he has been sacked 11 times and rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy is an every down back and he is averaging 4.7 yards per carry with a touchdown and he has 14 catches. DeSean Jackson leads the Eagles with 20 catches and a touchdown, Brent Celek has 18 catches, and Jason Avant has 11 catches. The Philadelphia defense allows 20.8 points per game, 91.5 rushing yards, and 206.8 passing yards with six interceptions and seven sacks. Kurt Coleman has 27 tackles, Jason Babin has 2.5 sacks, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has three interceptions. The Eagles have won the close ones and that is a recipe for success for an overall winning NFL season.
Pittsburgh is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a bye week, 9-0 against the spread following a loss, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Philadelphia is 2-6 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 3-9-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, and 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games overall.
The Steelers should be well rested and the Eagles are banged up after playing in a lot of close games and coming off of a rivalry game and look for the Steelers to win by enough to cover in what should be another physical game.
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