Birds’ Eye View: PREVIEW – Eagles-Steelers

The Philadelphia Eagles (undefeated) ((6-0)) are back after a much-needed bye week to focus on the Phillies making it to the World Series.

Of course, the team needed to rest up and recover following the Cowboys.

The team is at home versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game dubbed the “Battle of Pennsylvania.” The Eagles faced good and bad teams this season. Having still not put all of the pieces together yet, this team has still been fun to watch as they look to hang onto the sole undefeated status for as long as possible.

The Steelers, much like the Eagles, have still found ways to win games even when they might be overmatched. Pittsburgh recently beat the Buccaneers, and it came down to better coaching. The Eagles had instances of suspect coaching decisions this season, so the team will look to correct those mistakes today.

Kenny Pickett will try to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get to a winning record, but the Eagles defense will not make that easy. Where the defense struggled recently with holes and allowing explosive plays to happen, the addition of Robert Quinn should help – especially today.

Though the team is practically healthy, the status of Brandon Graham is concerning. Graham had a hamstring injury, and though he is pretty much okay to play, I hope the coaching staff still has their eye on him so the injury does not linger. On a positive note, Lane Johnson is back and cleared from his concussion. His absence was felt against the Cowboys as their defense was able to get at Jalen Hurts much easier.

The Steelers aren’t so lucky. They’re without a handful of players and will need to get creative in order to beat the Eagles. It’ll be a game of catching the Eagles losing momentum and building off of it to keep the team scrambling and losing control of the game. Furthermore, the Birds have struggled in the second half, so the Steelers might want to strike then as well. The Eagles defense will not make this easy.

Eagles Injury Report

Brandon Graham (hamstring) was a limited participant in Friday’s practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Jalen Hurts (personal) was a limited participant in Friday’s practice but is expected to start on Sunday’s game.

Lane Johnson (concussion) was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is cleared from protocol to play on Sunday’s game.

Steelers Injury Report

T.J. Watt was not activated to play on Sunday’s game.

Levi Wallace (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game.

Larry Ogunjobi (knee) is out for Sunday’s game.

Josh Jackson (groin) was a limited participant in Friday’s practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Chris Boswell (groin) did not practice on Friday and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Prediction: Eagles 24-17

The Eagles are healthy and ready to go on both sides of the ball, including having the necessary additions they need to compete against not only Pickett but more talented quarterbacks for the rest of the season. I think for these reasons, plus the energy from the Phillies in the World Series, the Eagles stay undefeated this week.

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