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Eagles vs. Steelers Preseason Preview

The Eagles have all the hype, the Steelers own all the Super Bowl rings.

That’s one reason why oddsmakers at Bovada and other top online sportsbooks have Pittsburgh settled in as 2.5-point home favorites for Thursday’s game.

But 84% of the betting public are on the Eagles, according to the betting consensus here at OddsShark.com.

“When have you known talk to win a Super Bowl?” Steelers cornerback William Gay  asked the Associated Press. “You can’t worry about that. You’ve got to let the media do all that.”

Pittsburgh has dominated their Pennsylvania state rivals in recent preseasons, going 4-1 ATS. And they get defensive stalwarts Troy Polamalu and James Harrison back after they each sat in Week 1.

Oddsmakers also can lean on history, knowing the Steelers are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 preseason home games. They seem to take all games seriously at Heinz Field. The Eagles have lost two straight road games in August.

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The Eagles come off an easy win over Baltimore in Week 1 where Michael Vick looked sharp and the backups held their own against the Ravens.

Meanwhile the vaunted Steeler defense was terrible in a Week 1 loss to Washington (16-7). The Redskins managed more than 450 yards of offense and Pittsburgh’s offense managed just a pair of third-down conversions – small wonder they lost at that rate.

Pittsburgh coaches hint that the Steelers starters will play as many as 25 snaps in the game Thursday, which kicks off Week 2 of the NFL preseason. It should be more than enough time to match Vick and the Eagles' offensive unit, which won’t have Jeremy Maclin for a second straight week.

He revealed Wednesday he endured a cancer scare this summer, which accounted for his training camp absence.

Of note, seven of the past nine Steelers preseason games have played UNDER the total and the number at Bovada is set around 33.5.

Philly meanwhile has played nine OVERs in its past 12 preseason games going back three seasons.

Game Props:

(PHI vs. PIT) - Team to score first in the game
Philadelphia Eagles    EVEN    
Pittsburgh Steelers    -130
    
(PHI vs. PIT) - The first score of the game will be?
Touchdown        -135    
Field Goal or Safety    +105
    
(PHI vs. PIT) - Will there be a score in the first 7:30 of the game?
Yes (First 7 min 30 sec of 1st Qtr)    -125
No (First 7 min 30 sec of 1st Qtr)    -105
    
(PHI vs. PIT) - Philadelphia Eagles Total Team Points
Over Points    16(-115)o
Under Points    16(-115)u

(PHI vs. PIT) - Pittsburgh Steelers Total Team Points
Over Points    18½(-115)o
Under Points    (-115)u

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