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Somehow, someway, the Philadelphia Eagles keep on winning, despite looking rather pedestrian on both sides of the football. The latest evidence was a big win over NFC East rival New York on Sunday night football in Week 4. The Eagles have now won three of their first four games, despite having a high turnover ratio and inconsistent play from Michael Vick.
In Week 5 though, Philadelphia better be sharper as the Pittsburgh Steelers are next on the schedule coming to town.
Pittsburgh comes in off of a Bye in Week 4, but sit at just 1-2 on the season after a disappointing start. So you can bet that the Steelers will be coming to town looking to avoid falling well behind the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.
Despite the fact that the Eagles have been favored in every game so far this season, they find themselves in the role of the underdog at home, something that has been very rare over the last two seasons from oddsmakers.
Eagles vs Steelers Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Pittsburgh as 3.5-point favorites over Philadelphia on the road. To cover, the Steelers will need to win by at least four points, while the Eagles can cover with a loss by a field-goal or less.
Pittsburgh should get back key pieces to their defense, including Troy Polamalu, and James Harrison. This should definitely help in containing Vick in the pocket when the Eagle are on offense. Pittsburgh also gets back running back Rashard Mendenhall, who has been sidelined the entire season with an injury, but is right on schedule for his return as a target of Week 5.
For the Eagles, they started to utilize LeSean McCoy and the run game much more in the second half, and McCoy didn’t let them down, tabbing 113 yards on the ground which was instrumental in Philadelphia getting that big division win over the defending Super Bowl champions.
But the schedule doesn’t let up for Philadelphia this week, and if they hope to get their fourth win of the season, they will be have to be a lot better than they have been so far.
The Steelers might already be playing with a bit of desperation, as we have not seen a Pittsburgh team start out 1-3 in quite a while.
The Steelers and Eagles kick off at 1pm ET on Sunday, with coverage on FOX.