Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup Preview (10/11/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Pittsburgh is coming off a bye week that was supposed to be a game against Tennessee but did not play due to COVID reasons. Pittsburgh has no positive tests and the Eagles have reported clean as well. The Eagles are getting healthier as the injury bug hit them extremely hard. They might get Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson back but will run into one of the toughest defenses in the league. Philadelphia is coming off of their first win of the season and fall into the line with the rest of the NFC East teams for having less than two wins heading into Week 5. As for Pittsburgh, they have looked as advertised on the defensive side, which is where a lot of teams are struggling early on in the year. The offense has had its moments but overall has not looked as potent as some thought when Ben Roethlisberger was coming back. No surprise to see the Steelers are small favorites here as the defense is an overmatch for the Eagles offense. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, October 11th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
TV Coverage: FOX
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Philadelphia Eagles: Alshon Jeffery (Q), DeSean Jackson (Q), Lane Johnson (Q), Rudy Ford (Q), TJ Edwards (Q)
Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Allen (Q), Derek Watt (Q)
Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
Philadelphia is 1-2-1 through the first four weeks and they have dealt with a lot of injuries. This is the first week where they could get some of their offense back intact. Carson Wentz has struggled this season averaging 5.8 yards per attempt and has seven interceptions. Now I am in the boat of giving him the benefit of the doubt because of offensive line struggles, depleted receiving core, and irregular offseason. Wentz has not played well and while many are ready to write him off we can just pump the breaks. Not that I expect him to bounce back this week, there is a larger sample of him being good compared to him being bad. Greg Ward leads the Eagles in receiving yards with 146 and this says a lot about the receiving core this season. We haven’t seen the tight ends provide outside of Dallas Goedert in Week 1, but he is on the IR currently. Ertz has been questioned because of his 19-139-1 line through the first four games and it is understandable because it equals out to 34.8 yards per game.
Miles Sanders is back and has dealt with some tough matchup so far and it will continue to get tougher. He has rushed for 236 yards on 51 attempts and has been a workhorse type back. Sanders also has 78 yards on nine receptions and has seen 19 targets in the three games he has played. This has pushed Boston Scott aside as many thought he would have enough of a role even if Sanders was projected to see more numbers. The Eagles defense has allowed 27 points per game and that is a concern as the Eagles defense should have been one to pick it up in the earlier part of the season. While they have been good against the run still, the pass defense has been closer to league average. After all of the offseason investments, we expected more and they will have a tough time this week against a Steelers passing attack that has a good receiving core.
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Pittsburgh Steelers Analysis
Pittsburgh had the week off which then replaced their bye week. Which is unfortunate because this was completely on the Titans. They are 3-0 and have dominated on the defensive side unlike so many in the NFL. They have allowed 14.5 points per game and have scored 26.7 this season. Ben Roethlisberger has averaged 7.1 yards per attempt this season and thrown for seven touchdown passes. On the ground, the Steelers have been solid rushing for 4.7 yards per attempt and with a banged-up offensive line. James Conner gave us a scare in Week 1 where he gave up more opportunity to Benny Snell but then proceeded to rack up 224 yards and two scores moving forward.
While many were expecting JuJu Smith-Schuster to be an elite WR1 over the last two seasons, it has been Diontae Johnson who has seen the most targets through the first three games. However, Smith-Schuster does have three touchdowns and is averaging 9.4 yards per reception. It is a pretty even receiving core as Chase Claypool has had monster plays averaging 25 yards per reception, but Johnson does have 25 targets and 149 yards. Eric Ebron is a name to keep an eye on after having a big Week 3. It hasn’t been his fault if you think he has a lack of production, because this offense is incredibly deep.
Pittsburgh Steelers Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Steelers -7
Spread: PIT -7
Moneyline: PHI +265 / PIT -330
The Steelers are touchdown favorites against the Eagles in the state-rivalry. Pittsburgh is 2-1 against the spread this season and the over is 2-1 so far. For the Eagles the over/under is 2-2- and 1-3 ATS. These two teams do not play too often but Philly is 5-1 ATS against Pittsburgh in the last six meetings. The under has been favorable in Pittsburgh’s last 11 games going under eight of them. This is projected to be a low scoring game and I am on the under with this one, despite the public being in on the over. Opposing teams have averaged just 19.3 points per game through the first three this season against the Steelers. The Eagles are only averaging 21 points per game this season, while the Steelers are at 26.6. This should be a game that stays relatively low scoring and I like the Eagles to cover in what should be a close game. A touchdown is a bit too much.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
This isn’t a game that screams fantasy as it is two defensive teams and the Eagles offense has been dreadful to start the year. As mentioned above the Philly wide receivers could be back. I don’t have much interest in them against a defense that I don’t like targeting with wide receivers. Carson Wentz doesn’t project well this week with just 15.8 fantasy points and this defense ranks second against opposing quarterbacks. Philadelphia ranks 10th against opposing quarterbacks. There are just plenty of other games to consider this week. As for Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz they draw tougher matchups as well. I much rather look at James Conner or Diontae Johnson this week. The Eagles run defense has been league average this season and this should be a game where Pittsburgh can just grind out a win. As for Johnson, he has a matchup where he can avoid Darius Slay a bit and that is a plus.