Entering the Danger Zone
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ difficult schedule continues with a Week 8 bout against the NFL’s last undefeated team, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Steelers (2-5) are managing to make games competitive, but injuries on defense and a poor offense have been too much to overcome.
On the other hand, Philadelphia (6-0) has fielded elite units on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh hopes to silence Philly’s hectic crowd by handing the Eagles their first loss of the season.
Curtain Closing on Steelers
Turning the Pittsburgh Steelers around could be a task too tall for coach Mike Tomlin. At 2-5, a losing season is almost unavoidable. The Steelers have overachieved in the last two games, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-18 and losing 16-10 to the Miami Dolphins. However, Pittsburgh has too many problems to string together wins.
First, the defense is a skeleton crew. It started with edge rusher T.J. Watt’s pectoral injury in Week 1. Without Watt, the pass rush has been lost, sitting in the bottom half of the league with 12 sacks. Watt is tracking to be out once again. Furthermore, the secondary has dealt with many injuries. Starting cornerbacks Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) and Levi Wallace (shoulder) are still dealing with nagging setbacks. Amid the injuries, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi has stepped up with back-to-back monster performances.
Larry Ogunjobi comes up with a huge stop and force the Dolphins to turn the ball over on downs 🔥pic.twitter.com/ewbIt0A7dq
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On offense, the Steelers are a train wreck. The unit ranks 31st in points per game and 30th in yards per game. Starting running back Najee Harris is averaging only 3.3 yards per carry while undrafted rookie Jaylen Warren is 4.5 yards per attempt. Pittsburgh needs to feed Warren more often. Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett has shown potential, at times. He is struggling with turnovers, throwing seven interceptions in four games. The Steelers’ offense is bad enough, losing the turnover battle makes it far worse.
Philadelphia Going All In
With the Philadelphia Eagles playing in the World Series, Philly fans are losing their minds. On top of it, the Philadelphia Eagles are shaping up to be a Super Bowl contender. Philadelphia is the place to be.
The Eagles are going all in on this season. They made another trade on Wednesday, acquiring veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn from the Chicago Bears for a fourth-round pick. At this point, the season is Super Bowl or bust.
The Eagles’ strategy is clear. Even with his MVP-caliber season, Philadelphia knows quarterback Jalen Hurts probably cannot go toe to toe with talents like Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, so general manager Howie Roseman has loaded the defense. Cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry combined with a fearsome pass rush will be a tough task for any passing game.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Quinn will hardly play, if at all. Still, the Eagles have more than enough to win comfortably. Pittsburgh’s run defense has been solid, ranking sixth in allowed yards per carry. Philadelphia’s run-pass options may be challenged, meaning Hurts will need to make throws down the field.
Steelers vs Eagles Game Injuries
Steelers vs Eagles Head-to-Head
Over the last four matchups, the series is evenly split. The Steelers have lost nine straight in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh’s last road win against the Eagles was in 1965.
Steelers vs Eagles Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 30
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
- How to watch Steelers vs Eagles? ESPN
Steelers vs Eagles Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Steelers vs Eagles Betting Lines
Steelers vs Eagles Prediction
Hurts’ improvement in the passing game will be on full display against the Steelers. Pittsburgh will likely do everything it can to limit Philadelphia’s run game. This may have worked last season, but Hurts’ accuracy has dramatically improved. Plus, the Eagles’ wideouts are far better with the addition of A.J. Brown.
Furthermore, the Steelers are averaging 1.7 giveaways (26th) while the Eagles are leading the NFL with 2.3 forced turnovers per game. Philadelphia leads the league with a +12 turnover differential; the second-best mark is +6. Pickett will have a rough day against the Eagles’ ball-hawking secondary.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.