Key #1: Bring Wentz back to reality
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The Philidelphia Eagles are 2-0, and they have won both of their games by a convincing margin. Although these were against two weak teams in Chicago and Cleveland, the Eagles are flying high at the moment, and none are soaring more than their rookie QB, Carson Wentz. As much as I like the 6'5 specimen from North Dakota State (Big Ben 2.0)? I would love to see him humbled at the hands of Cam Heyward and the Steelers defense this afternoon. The more Wentz struggles, the less points the Eagles will score. The fewer points the Eagles score, the greater the chance is of a Steelers victory.
Odds of excution: Fair
Key #2: Fire the big guns
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The Steelers have tons of star power on the offensive side of the ball. As should be common sense, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown playing well are crucial to the Steelers chances. In last week's win over Cincinnati, neither Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown or DeAngelo Williams played particularly well. Luckily, it was a crappy day outside, so the Bengals offense struggled as well, and the Steelers were able to escape with a victory. They might not be so lucky in Philly.
Odds of excution: Should be good, but I have a bad feeling because.....
Key #3: Don't play down to the competition
Don't let the 2-0 records fool you. The Steelers are the better team in this game, and if you're an intelligent Steeler fan, this is a scary thing to think of. For whatever reason, over the past few years, the Steelers have had a tendency to play down to their competition. In short, they lose games that they should win. Today's game in Philly has trap game written all over it. In my opinion, the perfect trap game consists of the better team;
1. Playing on the road
2. Playing against an inferior opponent
3. Coming off a big win
You can place a big fat checkmark by all 3 of these, and ultimetly, that leads to my prediction that you yinzers are not going to like
I'm not going to give a detailed X's and O's explanation of why I think the Steelers will lose this game because I do not have one. The Steelers are the better team in virtually every phase of the game, and if this were at Heinz Field, I would predict the Steelers to win by 10+ points. But it is a road game in a hostile environment, and because of the elements of a trap game listed above. I think today will be one of those days where Steeler fans everywhere say ''why the hell do we always do this?''
Eagles 31, Steelers 24