NFL Preseason Week 3 Picks: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday, 8/21/14, 7:30 PM EST
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Pittsburgh has split its two preseason games, as it attempts to build off a 19-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills as one-point home favorites last week, while going UNDER the betting total in each affair. The Steelers first-team offense thrived in running a no-huddle attack, which is important to consider when making your NFL betting picks, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completing 8 of 11 passes for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Head coach Mike Tomlin has stated that virtually the entire roster is ready to go for this in-state matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Steelers are tremendously excited about that they saw from rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier, who led the team with nine tackles and also returned an interception 27 yards. On the other side of the football, Pittsburgh has put together a rock solid offensive line, with the group being led by three-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncy. The competition for the starting left tackle job has ended and it belongs to Kelvin Beachum, who started 11 games there during the 2013 campaign.
Philadelphia is 0-2 SUATS during the second year of exhibition play under head coach Chip Kelly, with both games going well above the betting total. The Eagles are expected to have one of the best offenses in the league, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NFL betting odds, especially with the way that rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews and offseason acquisition Darren Sproles has looked on the field to create favorable matchups for signal-caller Nick Foles.
The Eagles are nicely stocked under center with Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley sitting behind Foles on the depth chart, while tight end Brent Celek and running back LeSean McCoy are ready to roll. Philadelphia is a bit concerned about its pass rush, especially since it finished 31st in the league in sacks per pass play a season ago. The stop unit has just three sacks in the opening two games—a big reason why opponents have converted 20 of 32 third-down opportunities.
Sports bettors will likely back the Steelers due to their 7-0 ATS record as underdogs versus an opponent that’s coming off back-to-back losses.
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