Steelers and Eagles is a battle of the few undefeated teams remaining. The Eagles lead the series (dating to 1933), 47-28-3. Then again Doug Pederson, bidding to become the first Eagles head coach to win his first three games, is 4 for 4 on fourth down calls.
STEELERS defense has only 1 sack through 2 games after having only 1 game without at least 1 sack in 2015, but it did limit Bengals to only 4-of-16 3 -down conversions. How many thirty-something running backs rebound from that?
“It’s one more guy to wreck havoc”.
Eight times since, the Steelers traveled across the state to play the Eagles. The Steelers aren’t going to be easy to run against. 23-31, 301 yards and two touchdowns. He said Wednesday that a rookie quarterback must “shut up and play”, letting the leaders of the team do the talking in the locker room.
The Eagles didn’t commit a turnover and forced two.
DAUNTING TASK: Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s much-improved defense – the Eagles are No. 4 in yards allowed after finishing in the bottom five the past three seasons – has a tough assignment against Roethlisberger, All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and National Football League leading rusher DeAngelo Williams. He has done an excellent job filling in for Le’Veon Bell, tallying 237 yards on those carries in addition to 10 catches for 66 yards, and 3 total touchdowns. “He showed that in the last two games”, said Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler. They have a solid interior line anchored by C Maurkice Pouncey and RG David DeCastro, both Pro Bowlers.
“That was one of the dumber trades we made”, Rooney said.
Here are five fantasy options to consider with players in the Steelers at Eagles game. Veteran free safety Mike Mitchell said he sees Wentz excelling in a system built to help the rookie quarterback and is impressed by his use of double cadences to get defenses to reveal their coverage. Sometimes they even force fumbles while they’re being blocked, reaching out to swipe at the ball as they’re being shoved to the ground or away from the quarterback. Fletcher Cox added 2 sacks, Logan 1. That started when Wentz admired Roethlisberger’s game as a teenager and spent time with the quarterback last spring. “I love how he can extend plays and improvise”. WR Antonio Brown caught 265 passes the previous two seasons and will be a hard matchup for the Eagles’ cornerbacks.
Markus Wheaton, WR (Shoulder) Day-to-day: Wheaton was a full participant during Wednesdays practice after missing Sundays home game vs Cincinnatti. Nix missed the previous 2 games with a back injury and has been listed as day-to-day.
So how do they attack Roethlisberger?
“The schedule is flawless, but we gave up a couple of things to get it right”, Steelers chairman Dan Rooney was telling me Wednesday as his club prepared for a rare trip to South Philly.
We’ll give this to the whole unit. Running back LeSean McCoy also caught a 15-yard TD pass from Vick.
This Eagles team, picked by many to be the worst team in the league, is nearly certainly heading to the playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles have found themselves a gem both on and off the field. Their last victory here was in 1965, at Franklin Field. Caleb Sturgis’ 29-yard FG put them up 3-0. But Eagles’ “11” personnel groupings likely will force Steelers to play a lot of four-man-front nickel.
Steelers: ILB Ryan Shazier.
Instead, Wentz picked apart the Steelers all day, looking calm when there was pressure, and – finally – being smart about the hits he was becoming used to taking at the end of runs.
Eagles: DE Marcus Smith.