NFC Game Of The Week
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
Steelers: Where should I start with them? Right now, they’re sitting atop the AFC North with a 2-0 mark and how they’ve done it has been more impressive. With Le’Veon out serving a three-game suspension, DeAngelo Williams has come in and provided a big spark in the running game. As far as the passing game is concerned, Antonio Brown will do what he does, it’s been everyone else that’s stepped up and made plays and this helps big time because there’s no Martavis Bryant this year as he is serving a suspension. To make up for his absence, it’s been a collective effort to replace him. Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers have both been nice pieces in the passing game for Ben Roethlisberger. As a defense, they are coming off holding a prolific Bengals offense under 20 points and shutting down A.J. Green which isn’t an easy task. On Sunday, they stay in state and travel to Philadelphia to face their in-state rivals.
Eagles: After the Donovan McNabb days, the Philadelpha Eagles have been looking for that long term quarterback and they’ve been through a lot of them. Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford are some of the guys they’ve had and they didn’t pan out. Foles and Vick did get them to the playoffs but other than that, there hasn’t been much to discuss, until now. The Eagles took a risk and traded up to the second overall pick in this year’s draft and selected Carson Wentz from North Dakota State and so far, he hasn’t looked bad. The first thing I noticed when I watched him play on Monday night was the command he had of the offense and his success so far also is credit to Doug Pederson who was a former quarterback himself. One of the best moves the Eagles made this off-season was hiring former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as their offensive coordinator. For once, I’m actually seeing them try and they want to make stops instead of always depending on the offense to bail them out. After wins over the Browns and Bears, they face a Steelers team off to a hot start themselves.
Steelers Player(s) To Watch: The Linebacking core– The heart of their defense are those linebackers (Shazier, Timmons, Harrison and Jones) and they are very instrumental in shutting the run down. They’ll set the tone on the defensive side of things to try and make things rough for Carson Wentz.
Eagles Player(s) To Watch: The Secondary– This won’t be an easy task for them with the best wide receiver in the league coming to town on Sunday afternoon. It won’t just be one player to cover Antonio Brown, it’ll be a combination considering he’s impossible to defend in a one on one situation. It worked last week. Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod played slot corner and closed the middle of the field to prevent Alshon Jeffrey from getting free and it worked.
Prediction: This will be Carson Wentz’s very first test against a defense that will try their hardest to get to him as often as they can and the Steelers are playing with a great amount of confidence right now. I like Pittsburgh on the road. Steelers 27 Eagles 17