NFL Preseason Betting Picks: Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
The Pittsburgh Steelers may have come up a bit short of their postseason hopes last season while the Philadelphia Eagles went on to claim the first Super Bowl title in franchise history, but both teams will enter the 2018 regular season as legitimate contenders to reach Super Bowl 53 in February.
Pittsburgh is led by their Killer B’s trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell while Philadelphia is led by gifted quarterback Carson Wentz and a complete roster of both, sage veterans and youthful eagerness. With both teams taking to the field for their all-Pennsylvania NFL Preseason Week 1 scrimmage season showdown, let’s find out which Super Bowl hopeful is offering the best value against their scrimmage season odds.
🏈: NFL Preseason – Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
🏟️: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
⏰: Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 7:00 PM ET
🎰: Philadelphia Eagles -3 -110 | -155 | U 34½ -110
I’m only expecting starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger one series, but the good news for the Steelers heading into this opener is that they have what looks to be the makings of some solid backups in veteran Landry Jones, third-round draft pick Mason Rudolph and dual-threat signal-caller Joshua Dobbs all in a three-man race for two jobs. Right now, I’m going to say that
While Jones has been okay in his career, Mason Rudolph is the guy that was really drafted to replace him and eventually succeed the aging Roethlisberger inside, let’s say the next three years. I can that is the plan for Pittsburgh moving ahead at quarterback and I think the former Oklahoma State star has a chance to be a big-time draft pick for the Steelers down the road, with either Jones or Dobbs getting cut before the start of the regular season. No matter who’s under center for the Steelers tonight, they’ll be looking to play well.
You know, it’s kind of unfortunate that Philadelphia now clearly has the best backup quarterback in the league in the Super Bowl-leading veteran Nick Foles. The good news for the Steelers is that the valuable Foles shouldn’t see anything more than, possibly a quarter of football. Franchise starter Carson Wentz almost assuredly won’t see the field in this contest as he continues to prepare for his return debut following his season-ending injury in Week 14 last year.
After Foles, the Birds will be going with veteran Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan. The 24-year-old Sudfeld took the field for one game last season and played decent against Dallas by completing 19 of 23 passes for 134 yards. Callahan made one appearance for the Packers last season and went 5 for 7 for 11 yards against the Lions in Week 17.
I love Pittsburgh’s situation at backup quarterback, but I think the smart pick is Philly to get the home win and narrow ATS cover. I’m thinking Philly third-stringer Nate Sudfeld is going to hold his own against his Pittsburgh counterparts and the Eagles’ reserve players get the job done as they try to impress the now, Super Bowl-winning coaching staff in an effort to secure their own roster spots. Lincoln Financial Field will be crammed to the brim and energetic and that will be just enough to lead Philly to the win in a preseason contest that is meaningless for both teams’ starting quarterbacks.
Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin is a solid 25-21 in the preseason in his career, but hey, Philly’s Doug Pederson is a robust 6-2 in the scrimmage season, so I think both coaches like to take their fair share of preseason games seriously and look for the confidence-building win. The Eagles get it done as three-point home favorites!
Pick: Philadelphia 24 Pittsburgh 20
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