The Eagles and Steelers will renew their cross-state rivalry on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. It will be the 80th meeting between them with Philadelphia leading the all-time series: 48-28-3. How about that? Of course, the Steelers have six Super Bowl rings to the Eagles’ one.
Be that as it may, it’s an underrated rivalry and (don’t laugh) could be a 2020 Super Bowl preview — if, and only if, Philly gets their “underdog” mojo back and proves last week’s win wasn’t just a fluke. This team believes they have finally figured it out, but the players understand they have to prove it.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 9, 2020
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Key Matchup: DE Brandon Graham vs. LT Alejandro Villanueva
The two actually know each other, or at least had the proverbial cup of coffee together in 2014. Villanueva went undrafted out of Army and spent that summer at Eagles camp fighting for a roster spot with Graham. Philly tried to turn him into a defensive end, then released him when that didn’t work.
Another bad Chip Kelly idea. Go figure. Now he’s a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle for the Steelers, one of the best in the business. Graham knows and respects his game. He and his 54 career sacks (three this year) will be ready.
“Big boy, Army strong,” Graham recalled of Villanueva. “To see him switch to the offensive line and then make the Pro Bowl and get paid, man I’m just telling you it just shows you his dedication to this game and it means something to him.”
— BlitzburghVideos (@BlitzVideos) October 9, 2020
Eagles Quarterback Situation
Carson Wentz is coming off his best game of the season after struggling mightily through the first three weeks, the worst three-game stretch of his career. The 27-year-old was efficient (not extraordinary) last week: 18-of-28 for 193 yards, with one passing TD and one rushing score.
Wentz has been incredibly nimble on his feet, racking up 111 yards on 19 carries plus 3 TDs and 10 first downs. Watch out for that. …read more