Football is officially back! The NFL preseason is, at long last, upon us! The Philadelphia Eagles start off their preseason this Thursday; they host the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are playing their second preseason game, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 7:30pm EST.
Last season, the Eagles went 4-11-1, and the Steelers went 12-4 during the regular season, losing in the wild card playoff game against the Cleveland Browns. Since then, both teams have made significant roster changes; will they be able to redeem themselves from not-so-great 2020-2021 seasons? Stay tuned and check out our Philadelphia Eagles vs Pittsburgh Steelers pick and preview!
THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: A SEASON FOR COMEBACK?
There is no denying that the Philadelphia Eagles were horrible last season, with terrible, inconsistent performances all around, but especially from quarterback Carson Wentz. (Anybody who knows me knows that I think Carson Wentz is and always has been one of the worst players in the NFL and nothing will change my mind.) With the trade of Wentz to the Colts (surprise, he’s already injured,) the Eagles have provided a space for Jalen Hurts to try and develop some of his skills in the hopes that he will be able to start on Week 1 against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
Judging from training camp reports, it seems that Hurts and the Eagles offense lack a lot of key components, especially if they hope to win the NFC East this season. This is fairly obvious, but without a decent offense capable of scoring points and making plays, a team has no chance of doing remotely well, even if their defense is better. If their training camp reports are accurate, the Eagles will certainly continue struggling to play well this upcoming season.
THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS: THE QUESTION OF DWAYNE HASKINS
Since they obviously do not want their star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to play much (if at all) during preseason games, the Steelers will most likely play the fresh-out-of-Washington QB, Dwayne Haskins. His name will surely make any Washington fan begin to weep from PTSD. Haskins has a history of inconsistency and an absolutely disastrous track record from his two seasons with the Washington Football Team.
Surprisingly, reports from the Steelers’ training camp suggests that Haskins has actually matured, improved, and learned from his past mistakes. As of now, he has the potential to become the Steelers’ number two quarterback behind Roethlisberger, and perhaps the quarterback of the future of Pittsburgh. Looking past Haskins, the Steelers have a couple legitimate wide receivers as well, such as JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool. WR James Washington may possibly be traded, and with that in mind, perhaps some of the other wide receivers will up their game and try to prove the value of their skills on Thursday night.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS – BETTING ODDS AND PICK
Sportsnaut predicts the Pittsburgh Steelers will beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-24. The Eagles are one-point favorites with the over/under set at 33.5. According to Sports Chat Place, the line bets are: Philadelphia Eagles -118 / Pittsburgh Steelers -102; Over/Under: -33.5.
Even though it is only preseason, I’m taking the Steelers for this game. Historically, Pittsburgh has been a much more solid and promising team than Philadelphia, especially now that Jalen Hurts seems to be struggling getting his offensive game started. Even though both teams will likely play alternate players and mess around with their lineups, the Steelers will most likely emerge victorious over the Eagles. You know football has started when the Eagles lose.
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