SUNDAY 4:25 Lincoln Financial Field PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
NEEDS TO STEP UP:
HC Doug Pederson: Since we’re winning and dominating time of possession, no one will want to question the play-calling over these last games. No one except me. RB Ryan Mathews is not getting enough work. As a result the Offensive Line isn’t getting into a rhythm, and it has us averaging 3.5 yards per carry as a team. Also, aside from TE Brent Celek‘s 1 catch for 11 yards, there are only two Eagles players who average 10 or more yards per catch, WR’s Jordan Matthews (14.2) and Nelson Agholor (12.4). Even Dorial Green-Beckham is only averaging 8.0 per catch. More aggressive play-calling will be needed to beat the Steelers.
WE MUST CONTAIN:
RB DeAngelo Williams: I hate saying this because he’s KILLING IT on both of my fantasy teams, but this is the guy we need to shutdown this week. He’s his teams leading scorer, rusher, and second leader in receptions. While Pittsburgh’s QB is capable of carrying a team to a win, it would be harder for him to do it alone than if he has help.
EAGLES STORY LINE:
This is a great game, coming at a great time. Winning it would be a huge boost for the locker room. Losing it however, just means more time to dissect what went wrong over the following week, which for us is the Bye. Unless we get blown out and embarrassed at home, there is no downside to how this week turns out. So enjoy the game Eagles fans.
2-1 or 3-0 heading into the Bye. Since stopping what the Steelers do is right in our wheelhouse, I like our chances at home.
EAGLES 23 – Steelers 21