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Fresh Off Unexpected Bye, Unbeaten Steelers Host Eagles

Fresh Off Unexpected Bye, Unbeaten Steelers Host Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (1-2-1) at PITTSBURGH (3-0)

PHILADELPHIA (1-2-1) at PITTSBURGH (3-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE – Steelers by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Eagles 1-3; Steelers 2-1

SERIES RECORD – Eagles lead 48-27-3

LAST MEETING – Eagles defeated Steelers 34-3, Sept. 25, 2016 at Philadelphia

LAST WEEKS RESULT: Eagles beat 49ers 25-20; Steelers were off, beat Texans 28-21 in Week 3.

AP PRO32 RANKING – Eagles No. 20, Steelers No. 6

EAGLES OFFENSE – OVERALL (28), RUSH (18), PASS (27).

EAGLES DEFENSE – OVERALL (10), RUSH (12), PASS (18).

STEELERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (14), RUSH (8), PASS (19).

STEELERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (2), RUSH (1), PASS (12).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES Eagles have won four of the last six games against the Steelers and seven of 10. … Steelers off last week after COVID-19 outbreak in Tennessee forced NFL to reschedule visit to Titans for Oct. 25. … Fans are expected at Heinz Field for first time this season after Pennsylvania officials amended occupancy guidelines at outdoor events. Capacity will be capped at 5,500 at 67,000-seat stadium. … Eagles QB Carson Wentz has 102 yards rushing in the past two games and three rushing TDs this season. Wentz has thrown seven interceptions, matching his total in each of the past three seasons. … RB Miles Sanders has 441 scrimmage yards and two TDs in five games vs. AFC teams. … Since 2013, Zach Ertz leads all TEs in receptions (544) and is second in yards receiving (5,882). … WR Travis Fulghams first career TD catch last week was the go-ahead score in win at San Francisco. … The Eagles lead NFL with 17 sacks and defense had its first three takeaways of the season last week. … DE Brandon Graham has seven sacks and DT Fletcher Cox has 6 1/2 sacks in the last six games vs. AFC North. … LB Alex Singleton had a 30-yard interception return for a score last week. … Pittsburgh is 3-0 for first time since 2010, which marked the club’s last Super Bowl appearance; team last started 4-0 in 1979. That season ended with the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl in six seasons. … The Steelers the lead the NFL in rush defense (54.0 yards per game), the franchises lowest through three games since 1970 AFL-NFL merger. … Pittsburgh leads the league in average sacks per game (5); Eagles are second (4.2). Pittsburghs streak of 60 straight games with at least one sack is the longest active in the NFL and fourth longest in history. … The Steelers have mostly avoided significant injuries to starters. RT Zach Banner is out for the year (knee) … WR Diontae Johnson expected to play after leaving the win vs. Texans with concussion-like symptoms. … Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin, QB Ben Roethlisberger have won 118 games together, third-highest total by a coach/QB in NFL history. … Roethlisbergers next victory would move him into a tie with Hall of Famer Dan Marino for fifth-most regular-season wins by a QB in league history (148). … The Steelers have boasted a 100-yard rusher in each of first three games. Benny Snell (112) vs. the Giants, James Conner against Denver (106) and Houston (109). … Steelers DB Mike Hiltons 8 1/2 career sacks since entering the league in 2017 are tied for second most in the NFL by a DB over that span. Fantasy tip: Skip the offensive guys and maybe start either defense, particularly Pittsburgh’s sack-happy group against Philadelphia’s front that’s struggled to protect Wentz.

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