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The hype and expectations surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles entering last season couldn’t have been much higher. And that made the disappointment of not making the playoffs all the more surprising. But a new season breeds new opportunity, and the Eagles come in with a new attitude as the 2012 NFL preseason opens. On tap for the first preseason game are the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers didn’t exactly end things how they wanted to either last season, losing in overtime in the first round of the playoffs.
One thing’s for sure though, coming into 2012 there are big expectations set down for both of these teams on NFL betting odds.
Now obviously the preseason is not the regular season, but we get football back! And we should see the starters in action for a little bit. Though it is uncertain how much we will see Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has a slight tear in his rotator cuff. But typically in the first game, the starting quarterbacks only play a couple of series anyhow, especially when you are established with no competition for Roethlisberger.
The same can be said for Vick. And with the type of quarterback that Vick is moving around the pocket, the Eagles won’t want to risk that by having him run around all over the place.
But there is no doubt that these teams have to work on some things, which after all is what the preseason is for.
Offensively, the Eagles statistically ranked inside the top-10 in both rushing and passing and were inside the top-15 in defense. In reality, there is no reason Philadelphia shouldn’t have made the playoffs. But it was the horrendous start they couldn’t overcome.
This will not be the first time that these two teams see each other in 2012 either. After the preseason opener, Philadelphia will visit Pittsburgh in Week 5 in October in what will certainly be one of the marquee match ups of the week.
The Steelers and Eagles kick off at 7:30pm ET on Thursday, August 9 to open up the preseason.