Opening Line: Steelers -3.5
Time: 4:25 PM EST Sunday September 25, 2016 on CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
The Steelers already beat a NFC East team on the road taking out the Redskins in their season opener and now they head to the City of Brotherly Love as a 3.5-point favorite against the Eagles. Both of these teams are 2-0 and atop their respective divisions.
The Eagles have gotten solid play from rookie QB Carson Wentz and while he has not put up huge numbers he has three TD and has not been picked off. He will be facing a Pittsburgh defense that has played decent so far on the season limiting their opponents to 16 points in each of their first two games.
In their last games the Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-16 and the Eagles beat the Chicago Bears 29-14.
These teams have not met since the 2012 season in Pittsburgh where the Steelers beat the Eagles 16-13, but failed to cover as a 4-point favorite.
Both of these teams are 2-0 ATS on the season and each has an O/U record of 1-1.
Wentz has showed poise under center in his first two pro games even though he does not have a great WR corps. Jordan Mathews (13 rec 185 yards) is his main target and the only Philadelphia receiver that has over 100 yards in the air. The RB duo of Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles have combined for 161 rushing yards on the season, but neither is averaging over four yards per carry.
The Pittsburgh defense has been Jekyll and Hyde ranking 2nd in the league in run defense, but 2nd to last in the league in pass defense. Because of their issues in the secondary it is key that the Steelers pressure Wentz in the backfield.
Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger leads a balanced offense that ranks 4th in the NFL averaging 31 ppg. He has one of the best WR’s in the game in Antonio Brown and it is a little surprising that RB DeAngelo Williams leads the league in rushing yards after two games.
Philadelphia’ defense took their lumps last season, but so far this season they have been solid ranking 5th in the league in pass defense and 10th in run defense. This will be their first major test on that side of the ball, as they played less than offense powerhouses in their first two games facing the Browns and the Bears.
- The Steelers are 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 road games, 13-4-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, and they have an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.
- The Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 8-18-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles Free Pick
The Eagles with Carson Wentz at QB have looked good with two big wins over the Browns and the Bears. That’s the thing though. The wins came against the lowly Browns and a Bears team that came into the game beat up and seemed to have a starter go down on every series on Monday night. It will be a big test for Wentz and the Philadelphia defense going up against the Steelers who have looked like Super Bowl contenders in the first two weeks. We’ll side with the road team here versus a team maybe a little bit full of themselves working on a short week. Lay the points.
Take the Pittsburgh Steelers -3