The Philadelphia Eagles have the right to beat their chests after winning at the Super Bowl back in February, but we’re in a different time now, looking ahead instead of checking the past. The Pittsburgh Steelers are definitely looking forward after a disappointing 2017 campaign in which they didn’t get out of the divisional round. Read on for a breakdown of a preseason match between these two Super Bowl contenders.
Betting Preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Preseason Week 2 Game on August 9, 2018
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia,
When: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
Line: Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) vs Philadelphia Eagles (-3) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: NFL Game Pass
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers (+3)
If you bought tickets to this game thinking you’d get to see Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell play, well, just be prepared to get disappointed. After all, preseasons are too meaningless to risk sending superstars to the field. Plus, for Bell, he’s still on a contract holdout. Instead, the Steelers will have a cavalry of second and third stringers against the Eagles. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has yet to name the starting quarterback for this game, but the money is on Landry Jones, who is No. 2 on the Steelers’ depth chart. Jones will have majority of the snaps, while Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs will share any residual reps. Pittsburgh could also use running back James Conner a lot in this game as preparation should Bell’s holdout spill into the regular season. The inside linebacker, meanwhile, also provides massive intrigue, as Tyler Matakevich and Jon Bostic are competing for the gaping hole left by Ryan Shazier.
Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles (-3)
The Eagles are reigning Super Bowl champs but they’re not going to parade many of the returning key pieces that led them to that amazing title run. Ideally, Carson Wentz could use the preseason to help gauge how ready he is to play football in a real-game setup, but that’s just too risky. Super Bowl hero and quarterback Nick Foles could be a long shot to play, too, at least against Pittsburgh, considering the current depth of the position. Among other Eagles signal-callers right now are Nate Sudfeld, Jeremiah Briscoe, Brandon Sievers, and Joe Callahan. Most of these four will be cut before the regular season, so for them, the preseason is going to be where they beg for their chances to make the final roster. Tight end Dallas Goedert can add to his lowly name recognition this preseason, too. With Trey Burton and Brent Celek gone, there’s a big chance for the rookie to get a starting spot.
Philly wins, 24-21.
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