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Eagles' Wentz Faces First Real Test Against Steelers

After a disastrous 2015 season, not many people thought the Philadelphia Eagles would stand much of a chance in 2016. Paced by the impressive play of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, the Eagles (2-0) will look to make it three wins in a row against the talented Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) in Week 3.

Shark Bites
  • The Eagles are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games at home after a win at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Steelers' last three games against the Eagles.
  • The Steelers are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six games against the NFC.

If you’ve been betting the UNDER in Steelers games lately, you’re laughing all the way to the bank. Dating back to last season, the UNDER is 5-1 in the Steelers’ last six affairs.

The Eagles and Steelers don’t get together often, but when they do, it’s Philly that’s cashing spread tickets. Philadelphia is 5-1 ATS in the previous six meetings between the clubs.

Sportsbooks opened the Eagles as 4-point home underdogs. The total was initially set at 46.

It’s too early to say for sure, but Wentz has looked like the real deal through two weeks. The No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the North Dakota State product has three touchdowns, no interceptions and a glistening 94.1 quarterback rating. Wentz, who barely played in the preseason, is the first signal-caller in the last decade to start his team’s first two games after taking less than 38 snaps in the preseason.

The Steelers entered the year as a top Super Bowl contender, and they’ve looked the part so far. Everyone knows Pittsburgh’s offense is otherworldly, but it’s been their defense that’s stepped up. The Steelers have allowed just a single passing touchdown in 2016, and they’re holding opposing quarterbacks to a 79.2 rating – 10th in the NFL.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Philadelphia Eagles in this one found them as 5.5-point underdogs earlier in the week at [custom bodog-link], while the total was sitting at 46.5.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 22-16 win for the Eagles. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Philadelphia Eagles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Philadelphia bring a 2-0 record (2-0 ATS) to the Week 3 betting matchup against the 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 2-0 ATS against the spread. Over under betting has seen Philadelphia go 0-1-1 so far and the Steelers go 1-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The Philadelphia Eagles sit at No. 24 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are at No. 3 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Philadelphia Eagles No. 8-ranked offense (29 PPG) against a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that ranks No. 8 at 16 PPG. The Eagles passing attack has averaged 225 yards per game, less than the Steelers give up through the air (347.5 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Pittsburgh Steelers own the league's No. 2-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 55 yards per game when on the road. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 10 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Ben Roethlisberger dusted the Bengals secondary for 3 TDs last time out as the Steelers defeated Cincinnati 24-16 at Heinz Field.

In their latest action on Monday at Soldier Field, Ryan Mathews rumbled through the Chicago defense for 2 TDs as Philadelphia won 29-14.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
  • Philadelphia is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
  • Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Kansas City, Sunday, October 2nd
Philadelphia at Detroit, Sunday, October 9th