The Battle of Pennsylvania will feature two unbeaten teams this week. The NFL Week 3 betting spread favors the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Keystone State rivals will settle their differences on CBS this Sunday, September 25th at 4:25 PM ET, from Lincoln Financial Field, in Philadelphia.
Now let’s find out if you should bet on the Steelers of Eagles in this tilt. Happy hunting!
Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Philadelphia Eagles Betting Spread, ATS Pick & TV Info
The NFL week 3 spread has Steelers as 3.5-point favorites to beat the Eagles. If you want to bet the O/U the game total is 46. The money favors the Steelers at -180 while you can cash in at +160 if you back the Eagles.
What: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
When: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Start Time: 4:25 PM ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
Stadium: Philadelphia, PA
Spread: Steelers -3.5
Moneyline: Pittsburgh -180 vs Philadelphia +160
Game Total: 46
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia
Why Bet The Pittsburgh Steelers To Beat The Eagles
The talented Steelers offense is unstoppable. They are averaging 31.0 points per game, which is fourth-best in the NFL.
QB Ben Roethlisberger has 559 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions on the year, with most of his work going to Antonio Brown, who has 12 grabs on 22 targets for 165 yards and two scores. RB DeAngelo Williams is averaging 4.1 yards per carry, He has carried the ball 58 times for 237 yards and catching 10 balls for 66 more.
This week, Big Ben has been seen tossing a red-and-black Mikasa rugby ball with an equipment manager. As one of the league’s biggest quarterbacks, Roethlisberger has no trouble gripping a football. But he uses the rugby ball to work on his command.
“It makes the actual ball feel smaller for practice,” Roethlisberger said.
A regulation rugby ball is about 28 to 30 centimeters, at least three centimeters longer than a football. And though both are about two feet in diameter, this Mikasa ball looks much bigger. Rugby balls are also at least two ounces heavier.
After 12 years in the league, Roethlisberger has maintained superior arm strength. And he’s finding creative ways to keep the shoulder fresh, without the rugby-style tackles.
Why Bet The Philadelphia Eagles To Beat The Steelers
The Eagles spent a decade building a championship roster which former HC Chip Kelly dismantled in his tenure in Philadelphia. This year, with Kelly in San Fran, the Eagles have hit the rest button and are winning playing smart football with rookie quarterback sensation Carson Wentz under center.
Wentz has tossed for 468 yards, three touchdowns and zero INTs. Jordon Matthews leads the Eagles receivers with 185 yards on 13 receptions, while RB Ryan Mathews has rushed for 109 yards and three TDs on 31 attempts.
“(Ball security) is something I pride myself on and it’s something this offense prides itself on,” Wentz said after a mistake-free game versus Chicago on Monday. “Just controlling the ball. Protecting the football. Making smart decisions. Being aggressive, but also being calculated. Knowing when to take chances.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
It’s impossible to ask a rookie QB to beat Big Ben and the new-look Steelers defense. Bet on Pittsburgh.
My final score prediction is Pittsburgh 28, Philadelphia 17.