Pittsburgh Steelers: This Team Needs to Beat the Philadelphia Eagles

With the Pittsburgh Steelers coming off a bye last week, the black and gold will put their undefeated record on the line against the cross-state rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

The Steelers have to beat Philly for a few reasons, but like most NFL games this one should be a close game on the scoreboard.

Big Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers need to beat Carson Wentz and the Eagles in this year’s battle of Pennsylvania.

Remember Last Time?

The last meeting between Pittsburgh and Philly didn’t go so well for the Steelers.

Back in 2016, the Eagles demolished Pitt 34-3 as Wentz tossed a pair of touchdowns.

Fletcher Cox also tallied two sacks for the birds’ defense that put a lot of pressure on Ben Roethlisberger.

It was another long day for the Steelers who haven’t won in Philadelphia since 1965.

The Steelers and Eagles have split their last four meetings with the home team winning all of them.

Beating the Eagles would allow the Steelers to have some bragging rights in the Keystone State, at least until they play each again in four years.

Keeping Pace

With the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns holding a 3-1 record to this point in the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have to keep pace in the division.

It’s important for the Pitt to keep the non-division wins coming before actually having to battle the Browns and Ravens head to head.

The Steelers have allowed opposing offenses to score on them through the air, but luckily the Pitt secondary gets to face arguably the worst receiving group in football.

The black and gold can create pressure with their defense and T.J. Watt has 3.5 sacks so far this year.

On the flip side, the Steelers offense has started off slow consistently this season and that alone could give this Philly team some life in this contest.

It’s A Mismatch

There is no excuse why the Steelers should lose this football game.

Pittsburgh is at home and the Eagles do not have a juggernaut of an offense.

The Steelers pass rush should break through that Philadelphia o-line repeatedly as this game progresses.

Carson Wentz can sling the ball, but he still has room for improvement and this Steelers defense can force its fair share of turnovers.

It’s important for the Steelers to utilize their running backs.

James Conner and Benny Snell, Jr. don’t have great games routinely, but they are able to break off big runs at different points in a football game. With that being said, this can lead to their stats signaling that they had great games when they actually didn’t.

Predictions

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, I believe Ben Roethlisberger will toss a few touchdowns and spread the ball around. Especially, since the Philly secondary has played poorly this year.

I wouldn’t be shocked if Eric Ebron and Chase Claypool each make huge plays in this game. These guys can create major mismatches.

For the Philadelphia Eagles, I expect the Philly running backs to be limited and Wentz to be sacked at least four times.

Doug Pederson will have to get creative when trying to generate instant offense.

The final score will be Steelers 27, Eagles 20.

Who do you think wins the battle of Pennsylvania? Steelers or Eagles?

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