Recent Eagles history suggests huge win versus Steelers approaches

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

They’ve both been in existence since 1933. They won’t play that often. Unless they both wind up in the Super Bowl at the same time, they’ll only cross paths once every four years. The 17th game, however, has changed that in 2022. On 80 previous occasions, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers have met on the field to play a football game. Philly leads the series (48 wins, 29 losses, and three ties). Since 1970, they’ve only met 13 times.

While none of that has anything to do with their next clash, there is something to keep in mind if you’re slightly superstitious or you like to use historical data in your theory. Heading into Week 8, history may be working in the Eagles’ favor.

The home team has won the Eagles-Steelers matchup in five straight games.

The Eagles and Steelers have met six times since we survived the Y2K scare and walked into the 2000s. In a Week 11 matchup of the 2000 NFL season, the Eagles defeated the Steelers 26-23 in overtime. The coaches for the game were legends Andy Reid and Bill Cowher, and it was also the last time the road team won a game in this cross-state rivalry.

Pittsburgh has taken three of the last five as the home team has been the victor on each occasion. In Week 8, the game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field. Let’s hope ths one follows a familiar script. Here’s the rundown of what we’ve seen prior to this weekend’s festivities:

  • November 7th, 2004: Eagles 3. Steelers 27
  • September 21st, 2008: Eagles 15, Steelers 6
  • October 7, 2012: Eagles 14, Steelers 16
  • September 25th, 2016: Eagles 34, Steelers 3
  • October 11th, 2020: Eagles 29, Steelers 38

Again, if you’re slightly superstitious, this bodes well for an Eagles squad that is already playing incredible football, especially at home. So far in 2022, they’re one of three teams who are unbeaten at home. They’re also 3-0 against the spread at home.

When it comes to outscoring the opponent, Philadelphia is second to only the Buffalo Bills in home margin of victory, averaging a point differential of  +11.3 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Steelers are ranked 31st in point differential in road games as they’ve been outscored by an average of 12.5 points when they’ve been the visiting team.

Lincoln Financial Field may not be the only thing working in Philly’s favor. While their home-field advantage ranks as one of the NFL’s best, they’re simply the better team.

Again, while many may argue that none of this has to do with anything we’ll see on Sunday, these are definitely some intriguing talking points. Betting lines update constantly and often change, but as of now, FanDuel favors Philadelphia by10.5 points. Let’s hope they’re right. By the looks of things, it’s quite possible that the Philadelphia Eagles can cruise to victory and a 7-0 start.

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