Eagles Prepare for Keystone State Showdown
It hasn’t always been pretty but the Philadelphia Eagles, thanks to another win over the New York Giants Sunday night, are off to a 3-1 start to this season. Now Philly gets ready for a trip across Pennsylvania for an inter-conference bout with their in-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, this Sunday (1 pm ET, Fox).
The Eagles continued their recent dominance of the Giants Sunday night, beating New York 19-17 for their eighth victory in the last nine meetings with their long-time rivals. Philly, which led the league in turnovers going in, committed none, while the Eagles defense made the key take-away of the game on an interception of an Eli Manning pass on a first-and-goal from the Philly 10-yard-line on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Philly held the Giants to 57 yards on the ground Sunday night, while offensively the Eagles rushed for 191 yards, 123 by LeSean McCoy, most of those in the second half.
One problem Philly had Sunday night, though, was having to settle for three short field goals, two while inside the New York 10-yard-line.
The Eagles may be 3-1, but they’ve created few fans among football bettors so far. After failing to cover the NFL odds Sunday night as two-point favorites, Philly is now 0-3-1 against the point spreads this season. The Eagles’ three wins have come by a total of four points, and they’ve actually been outscored on the season by 17 points, thanks to their 27-6 loss at Arizona a couple weeks ago.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is off to a 1-2 start to this season. The Steelers opened with a tough 31-19 loss at Denver, but then looked like the Pittsburgh team we’re familiar with in a 27-10 stomping of the Jets. However, the Steelers couldn’t back that up, instead blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and losing at Oakland 34-31.
Pittsburgh had last week off.
The Steelers are also banged up, especially on defense, playing without LB James Harrison and S Troy Polamalu. And with RB Rashard Mendenhall still recovering from that knee injury, Pittsburgh has averaged 65 yards rushing per game this year.
Philly and Pittsburgh last met four seasons ago, at The Linc, a game won by the Eagles 15-6, as they held the Steelers to two field goals.