The Eagles (1-2-1) are facing the Steelers (3-0) at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.
Here’s everything you need to know.
- 12 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP
- 1 p.m.: Eagles at Steelers on FOX
- 4 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP
- 6 p.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBCSP
The FOX broadcasters for Eagles-Steelers are Kenny Albert (play by play), Jonathan Vilma (analyst) and Shannon Spake (sideline).
Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP.
The Eagles opened up at 7.5-point underdogs but that was down to 7 points by Thursday evening.
The referee for Eagles-Steelers is Ron Torbert. The Eagles are 4-0 in games when Torbert is the referee. Torbert’s last Eagles game was the 2019 opener against Washington. The Eagles were penalized six times for 55 yards and Washington was penalized 12 times for 96 yards.
Wentz might have momentum
No, Carson Wentz still wasn’t himself last week in the Eagles’ 25-20 win over the 49ers but he was better than he’s been. And it’s fair to wonder if that was the first step toward him playing better this season. Yes, Wentz threw an interception in the last game but he also didn’t make as many mistakes and made some big plays when it matters.
As much as we talk about every other problem with this team, unless Wentz starts playing better, the Eagles are doomed. They can’t win the division, they can’t even start stringing wins together if Wentz doesn’t improve.
Are the Steelers actually good?
The Steelers are coming off an unexpected Week 3 bye thanks to the Titans COVID-19 mess and they’re 3-0. But it’s fair to question if they’re really that good of a team. Their three wins are over the Giants, Broncos and Texans. Those three teams have combined for exactly one win this season; they’re 1-11.
And it’s not like the Steelers have blown any of them out. Their point differential is +22 right now. To put that into perspective, the Ravens are in second place in the AFC North behind the Steelers and their point differential is +49.
Battle of the D-lines
This game features what might be the two best defensive lines in the NFL, especially when it comes to pass rush. The Eagles lead the NFL with 17 sacks but the Steelers have 15 sacks in three games.
The Steelers have T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu. The Eagles have Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Malik Jackson, Javon Hargrave and Derek Barnett.
Both sides have some pride at stake on Sunday.
“Oh yeah, it’s going to be cool to see,” Brandon Graham said. “They’re going to be watching us as much as we’re watching them.”