The NFL has another great week of action on Sunday. There will be twelve games up on the board throughout Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers will both meet up in a Week 5 matchup in the battle for Pennsylvania. These two teams will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time on October 11.
Philadelphia has earned a record of 1-2-1 throughout this season so far, which has them in first place of the NFC East. The Eagles finished out last season with a record of 9-7, which had them in first place of the NFC East. Philadelphia has struggled a bit throughout this season but will look to keep their division lead with a win on Sunday afternoon.
The Steelers have started off the season with a record of 3-0, which has them in first place of the AFC North. Pittsburgh finished last season with a record of 8-8, which had them in second place of their division. The Steelers will look to keep their strong start to the season going with a win over the Eagles. Pittsburgh is coming off a bye week, which they will look to use to their advantage.
The Eagles have had a poor start to the season, but still find themselves in a playoff position with their whole division struggling. Pittsburgh will look to take advantage of the early bye week by coming out strong in this one. The Steelers had an unplanned bye week after their game with the Tennessee Titans was postponed due to COVID-19.
The Eagles are coming off a game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4. Brandon Aiyuk and Jerick McKinnon both had rushing touchdowns, while Nick Mullens had a passing touchdown. Carson Wentz had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown. Alex Singleton had an interception return for Philadelphia as the Eagles broke through with a 25-20 victory for their first win of the season.
Pittsburgh’s last game was against the Houston Texans in Week 3. Deshaun Watson had two passing touchdowns, while David Johnson had a rushing touchdown. The Texans led 21-17 at halftime. Ben Roethlisberger had a passing touchdown and James Connor had game winning rushing touchdown. The Steelers defense pitched the second half shutout as Pittsburgh won 28-21.
Both of these teams are coming off wins, but the Steelers last game was in Week 3. Pittsburgh will look to avoid a slow start in this one after having a week off. The last time the Eagles and the Steelers met was in 2016, where the Eagles dominated for a 34-3 win. The Steelers have dominated defensively this season and will look to shut down Carson Wentz and the Eagles in this one.
Philadelphia has a strong starting Quarterback in Carson Wentz under the helm. Wentz finished out last season throwing for 4039 yards, 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on the season. This season Wentz has thrown for 930 yards, 4 touchdown and 7 interceptions. He has rushed for another 111 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Wentz will look to pick up his performance as he plays Pittsburgh this week.
The Steelers have old reliable in Ben Roethlisberger under center for this season. Roethlisberger had his season cut short last season, going 0-2 before being injured. In those two games he threw for 351 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. Roethlisberger has thrown for 777 yards, 7 touchdowns and 1 interception. Roethlisberger will look to continue his strong season with a win over the Eagles.
These two Quarterbacks have been strong throughout their careers so far, with Ben Roethlisberger having a much longer career. Wentz has struggled a bit this season, throwing 7 interceptions and only 4 touchdowns. He will need to find a way to limit turnovers if the Eagles are going to keep their lead on the division. If Pittsburgh can shut down Wentz though, it could lead to another poor offensive performance.
Struggling Offense vs Strong Defense
The Eagles have not been able to get their offense going so far this season, which has been a big problem for them. Philadelphia has put up 84 points, which is 25th in the NFL. The Eagles have also gained 1276 yards, which is 28th in the league. The Eagles have allowed 107 points and 1409 yards, which is 20th and 10th respectively.
Pittsburgh has been solid on offense this season, but it has been their defense who has shined through. The Steelers have scored 80 points on the season, while gaining 1146 total yards. Pittsburgh’s defense has only allowed around 19 points per game and 290 yards per game. The Steelers will look to keep up their strong play with a win on Sunday afternoon.
Philadelphia’s offense has struggled at times throughout this season and will need to step up against the Steelers. If Pittsburgh’s defense can step up in a big way again, it should be enough to shut down the Eagles struggling offense. Philadelphia will need to pick up their passing game in this one if they want to earn a win on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles have not looked great throughout this season with their only win coming up against a beat up San Francisco 49ers team. Pittsburgh is coming off a bye week, which gave them extra time to prepare for Philadelphia’s struggling offense. I believe the Steelers offense will take over in this one to help lead Pittsburgh to a 4-0 start.
BetOnline has the Steelers listed as a -7 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Pittsburgh, which I believe is correct. The Steelers have looked like a team on a mission this season after missing the postseason a year ago. I expect Pittsburgh to step up early and ride their defense to a big win over their Pennsylvania rival.