The Pittsburgh Steelers are 5-1 straight up and against the spread in their last six games against NFC opponents. The Steelers are favored to keep that string of success going this Sunday on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Pittsburgh is a 3.5-point road favorite on Sunday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last five games against the Eagles, the Steelers are 1-4 ATS.
With Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown healthy, it isn't surprising to see the Steelers offense clicking with 31 points per game through the first two games of the season. But it has been a bit surprising to see the defense play so well thus far, allowing only 16 points to both Washington and Cincinnati and allowing no touchdowns in the first three quarters of either game.
If the defense plays at this level and the offense stays healthy this season, Pittsburgh figures to be a serious contender to win the Super Bowl this season.
Dating back to last season, the Steelers are 7-2 SU and 5-1-3 ATS in their last nine games per the OddsShark NFL Database. Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU and 5-3-1 ATS in its last nine games as a road favorite as well.
Betting Line / Total: Pittsburgh -3.5 / 46 Points
Trend: The Steelers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Eagles.
Trend: The total has gone UNDER in five of the Eagles' last six games in Week 3.
Doug Pederson has done nothing but win thus far in his first job as an NFL head coach, leading the Eagles to a 4-0 SU and ATS record in the preseason and now a 2-0 SU and ATS record in the regular season.
The Eagles have looked great on both sides of the ball, averaging 29 points per game with rookie Carson Wentz looking comfortable at quarterback and allowing only 12 points per game. Pittsburgh is a much stronger team than Cleveland or Chicago, and should provide the Eagles with a clearer picture of how good their team really is this season.
Sunday's total is set at 46 points. The UNDER is 3-0 in the last three games between these two teams.
After this game, four of Philadelphia's next five games will be on the road. A home upset here to improve to 3-0 and build even more confidence heading into that road trip would do wonders for the Eagles.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
When: Sunday, September 25, 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania