This Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 NFL. Kickoff is set for 4:25 EST at Lincoln Financial Field and will be televised locally on CBS. Oddsmakers have Pittsburgh as a 3.5-point road favorite with the total set at 46 points.
Steelers vs Eagles Vegas Betting Preview
Both teams come into this contest at 2-0. Pittsburgh opened up with a convincing 38-16 win at Washington on Monday Night Football. They came back on short rest and defeated rival Cincinnati 24-16 at home.
The Eagles have made easy work of each of their first two opponents. First they won at home against the Browns 29-10. Next they went to Chicago and beat the Bears 29-14 on Monday Night Football.
Free Pick & Point Spread Predictions: Eagles +3.5
Even though the Eagles are 2-0, they are being undervalued at home. A big part of that is who they are playing. The Steelers are a big public team and also off to a 2-0 start. It’s forced oddsmakers to inflate this line, thus creating value with Philadelphia.
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I know the Eagles two wins have come against a couple of bad teams. Both the Browns and Bears are going to be picking early in next year’s draft. Still, I have really been impressed with what I have seen from the Eagles to start the season.
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz isn’t playing like a rookie. In fact, he’s the first rookie to start 2-0 without a turnover. The playbook isn’t being limited and I see this as a statement game for Philadelphia.
The Eagles aren’t going to take kindly to being a dog at home. I look for them to come out with a chip on their shoulder. Pittsburgh on the other hand is coming off an emotional game against the Bengals. That was one they had circled on the calendar after what went down in the postseason.
The other thing here is so much attention is being given to Wentz and the offense, the Eagles defense is flying under the radar. The stop unit has been the biggest beneficiary of the new offense. They no longer are on the field the majority of the game. It’s allowed the talent they have on that side to shine. They have the pass rushers to get after Big Ben and the defensive backs to keep Antonio Brown in check.
Pittsburgh’s defense has put up strong numbers, but I’m not sold on them being a dominant unit. They are basically just dropping everyone in coverage and forcing teams to check down. That worked well against the Redskins and Bengals. Two teams who like to stretch the field and don’t have great running games. That plays right into what the Eagles like to do offensively.
Philadelphia has been a covering machine against the AFC, cashing in 8 of their last 9. At the same time, Pittsburgh has struggled to cover on the road off a win. They are just 18-30 ATS in this spot under head coach Mike Tomlin.