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Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Eagles’ margin of victory has been slim, but three wins – albeit by four total points – still puts them atop the NFC East. The Eagles will look to continue their winning ways when they travel west across the Keystone State to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
After committing nine turnovers in the first three games, Michael Vick didn’t turn the ball over at all in Philadelphia’s 19-17 triumph over the rival New York Giants last week.
Pittsburgh benefited from having a bye week to lick its wounds after dropping a 34-31 overtime decision to Oakland on Sept. 23. The Steelers are expected to be buoyed by the return of running back Rashard Mendenhall, who is coming back from last season’s torn ACL injury.
Stud safety Troy Polamalu could return after missing two games with a strained calf and James Harrison eyes his season debut after nursing a sore left knee.
Philadelphia Eagles(3-1): All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy was bottled up in the first half on Sunday, but finished with 23 carries for 123 yards.While certainly not Philadelphia’s forte, a healthy dose of the running game could pay dividends against a Steeler’ defense giving up an average of 101 yards on the ground. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles are permitting an average of 2.9 yards per carry in the last two games.
Pittsburgh Steelers(1-2): With a running game averaging just 65 yards per contest, Ben Roethlisberger has been forced to throw at an alarming rate. Roethlisberger has fared well so far, completing 68.3 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and a passer rating of 109.2. Aiding in the Steelers’ woes has been their own defense, which has struggled after halftime in each of the last two games.
1. Philadelphia has won 14 of the last 19 meetings – including the team’s last get-together in 2008. The Eagles sacked Roethlisberger eight times en route to a 15-6 triumph.
2. Pittsburgh’s Heath Miller is tied for the NFL lead with four touchdown receptions among tight ends.
3. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has 20 receptions and a team-high 38 targets this season. Jackson’s career high for receptions is 62.