The Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to pick up their second win of the 2021 NFL preseason on Thursday when they visit the rebuilding Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET from Lincoln Financial Field. The Steelers largely relied on defense and special teams to secure a 16-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game to christen the start of the 2021 NFL preseason schedule. In order to make it two straight, they will have to get past an Eagles club that will feature former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni making his NFL head coaching debut.
Philadelphia is a one-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 35 in the latest Steelers vs. Eagles odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before locking in any Eagles vs. Steelers picks of your own, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL guru R.J. White has to say about the matchup.
CBS Sports’ Fantasy and gambling editor, White ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
What’s more, White has gone an astounding 45-24-3 on his last 71 picks involving Pittsburgh, returning more than $1,800. This sterling record includes telling SportsLine members to back Pittsburgh (-1) against Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has locked in on Steelers vs. Eagles from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick for their 2021 NFL exhibition game. You can visit SportsLine now to get this pick. Here are several NFL odds and bettings trends for Steelers vs. Eagles:
- Steelers vs. Eagles spread: Philadelphia -1
- Steelers vs. Eagles over-under: 35 points
- Steelers vs. Eagles money line: Eagles -120, Steelers +100
- PIT: Steelers are 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 road games as an underdog
- PHI: Eagles have covered the spread in their past four home games
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Why the Eagles can cover
The Eagles could have motivation on their side as they try to start the Sirianni era on a winning note. The first-time head coach was an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers before serving as offensive coordinator under Frank Reich in Indianapolis.
Sirianni will want to test drive the weapons at his disposal. He appears to have plenty to work with, although prized first-round draft pick DeVonta Smith, the Heisman-trophy winning receiver from Alabama, is sidelined indefinitely because of an MCL injury.
Even so, Sirianni has said he expects to see increased production from second-year wideout Jalen Reagor, whose rookie campaign last season was limited due to injuries and inconsistency. He finished with 31 catches for 396 yards and one touchdown.
The Eagles also have depth at quarterback for the preseason, with incumbent Jalen Hurts supported by veterans Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens, who had 2,437 passing yards and 12 touchdowns while starting eight games for the San Francisco 49ers last season.
Why the Steelers can cover
The Steelers will have the built-in advantage of having already seen live action in the Hall of Fame Game. Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play in the opener and it’s unclear whether he will take snaps on Thursday. Backups Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs, along with new acquisition Dwayne Haskins put together a solid if unspectacular performance. They combined to go 18-of-28 for 174 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
The Steelers are also hoping to revamp a rushing attack that registered a league-worst 1,351 yards last season. This means they are likely to give more work to rookie Najee Harris, Smith’s Alabama teammate whose versatility has many observers believing he could contend for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Harris had seven rushes for 22 yards in the Hall of Fame Game, while veteran Jaylen Samuels rushed 11 times for 20 yards.
Pittsburgh’s defense allowed 347 yards to Dallas while forcing three turnovers that halted potential scoring drives.
How to make Steelers vs. Eagles picks
White has analyzed this matchup and we can tell you he’s leaning over. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You can only get White’s expert NFL picks at SportsLine.
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