The Pittsburgh Steelers will be going for win No. 2 in the 2021 NFL preseason as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Will the Steelers make it two in a row? Or will the Eagles fly high in their preseason debut? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Week 1 Game on August 12, 2021
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
When: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NFL Network
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers (+1)
Regular Season Record: 1-0
The Steelers got off to a nice start in the 2021 NFL preseason as they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game last week, 16-3. Pittsburgh’s defense was simply too much for the Cowboys, whose quarterbacks got sacked a total of four times for a loss of 25 yards. The Steelers also prevented Dallas from making any completions in the red zone with the Cowboys going just 0 of 2 inside the Pittsburgh’s 20-yard line. That’s a good sign for Pittsburgh’s stop unit that was one of the best in 2020. Last season, the Steelers were fifth in the NFL with 21.2 points per game allowed and third in total defense with only 310.8 total yards surrendered per contest. On offense, don’t expect to see much — or any at all — of Ben Roethlisberger. Instead, watch out for rookie running back Najee Harris who showed some glimpses of his budding future in his preseason debut, rushing for 22 yards on seven carries against Dallas.
Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles (-1)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
It’s Jalen Hurts time in Philly. With Carson Wentz now with the Indianapolis Colts, the Eagles are completely handing the keys of the offense to Hurts, whose dual-threat capabilities bring exciting dimensions to Philadelphia’s offense. However, it’s likely that Hurts won’t play in this preseason game against Pittsburgh. Instead, look forward to Nick Mullens having the most snaps among the Eagles’ quarterbacks. Apart from Mullens, the Eagles also added veteran Joe Flacco to the roster over the offseason, but the team might not be too interested in playing him in the preseason because of his age and also since it’s pretty much known what they can get from the Super Bowl champion signal-caller. It would be more interesting to see whether this game could help determine who wins the starting running back role, that’s currently being contested by Kerryon Johnson and Jordan Howard. The Steelers’ defense will be a challenge for the Eagles, but Philly will also be dealing with Pittsburgh’s offense that only had 250 total yards in the HOF game.
The Eagles win, 21-17.
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