National Football League: Preseason Week 1 PIT vs. PHI
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles August 9, 2018- 7:00 PM ET Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will take to their home turf at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night as they will welcome in the Pittsburgh Steelers in what should be a great matchup with the following NFL lines from our top sportsbooks ;
It may only be the opening week of the NFL preseason but we can expect an electric atmosphere as the people of Philadelphia will be excited to welcome the Eagles back on the field since capturing football’s ultimate prize; their dramatic Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots last February by a 41-33 score.
First for the Steelers, who will be looking forward to another great year after falling short in last season’s playoffs where they suffered a 45-42 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Pittsburgh went 13-3 on the year as they captured their second straight AFC North Division title; a division they are expected to capture once again.
However, much of the Steelers title hopes may depend on the arm and legs of veteran, aging quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who may be on the downside of his great career? If Big Ben is able to stay healthy, he will once again have a powerful offense behind him with the likes of WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell. The 1-2 punch of Bell and Brown are the spark of the Pittsburgh offense and along with Roethlisberger will be key on how far the Steelers will go in the 2018-19 season.
As for the Eagles, they are on top of the world after capturing their first SB win in franchise history and will be on the hunt for a repeat performance. Starting QB Carson Wentz is still on the mend after a knee injury last year but the Eagles are still in great shape behind Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. With Wentz still rehabbing, we probably won’t get to see too much of Foles out the gate in the preseason.
This game will come down to the backups as per the usual in these exhibition games and for this PIT vs. PHI matchup, for sports betting purposes, MyBookie is favoring the Eagles (-3) points over Pittsburgh with 5Dimes delivering the Over/Under with 35.5 total game points scored. Expecting the Steelers wanting to ruin the home party, I will favor Pittsburgh PLUS the points (+3) to cover the spread against the Eagles as my best betting pick.