NFL Preseason Betting Preview
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers
Friday, 7:00 pm Eastern – NFL Network
SBG Global Opening Line: Steelers – 3 , Total 34
The battle of Pennsylvania takes place on Friday night in NFL preseason action as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Philadelphia Eagles. Since it is the first preseason game for both teams, some starters won’t play at all while others will only see limited action. SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Eagles on the Road.
The Steelers will be without Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu and nose tackle Casey Hampton. The Eagles will not have cornerback Asante Samuel or end Victor Abiamiri. Both starting quarterbacks may get limited action as Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb have nagging injuries. The top running backs may also be held out as Willie Parker of the Steelers and Brian Westbrook may not play. Pittsburgh rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall should get some action but rookie wideout Limas Sweed could be held out due to injury. The Steelers quarterback rotation will have Roethlisberger for a series or two followed by Charlie Batch. Rookie quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and Mike Potts will get the rest of the game.
“When you talk about what you look for in the first preseason game, you are looking for some young guys not to be surprised by the speed of the game,” said Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin. “We have to win the game in the trenches. We have to play up-tempo football. We have to play fast and hard. Hopefully we play to an acceptable standard in terms of assignments, but you know the first time out there will be those issues.”
SBG Global Current Line: Steelers – PK , Total 33.5
The Eagles will go with Donovan McNabb for a short time at quarterback while the rest of the spotlight will fall on backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. The Eagles will also be interested to watch wide receiver DeSean Jackson who will get the chance to return punts.
The Eagles have a 17-16-1 edge in the all-time preseason series against the Steelers. The Steelers were a 27-13 winner in preseason action last year against the Eagles. The two teams will meet in regular player on Sept. 21st.
The Steelers are 8-1 to the under against NFC teams the last nine NFL betting preseason games. Underdogs are 57% versus the pointspread in week one of the NFL preseason.
Pick: Eagles 3units