The upcoming round 3 of the 2016/2017 NFL season will showcase some very interesting matches. Although 8 teams started off the new season with 2-0, there will be only one matchup, in round 3, between two unbeaten teams so far – The Philadelphia Eagles vs. The Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Philadelphia Eagles are probably the biggest surprise so far, considering that they are going through a team rebuilding process and especially knowing that only one week before their first match of the new season, Carson Wentz was handed the starting quarterback position. No one really expected much from Wentz, but in his first two games as the starting quarterback, he has been quite impressive for a first-year player.
Wentz led the Eagles to a first-round 29-10 win over the Cleveland Browns with 22/37 passes, 278 yards passing and two touchdowns. In his second game, the rookie continued to impress with his confidence level to run the Eagles offense, finishing the night with 21/34 for 190 yards and one touchdown. He is one out of only seven total quarterbacks without an interception thrown in the first two games.
On the other side, the Pittsburgh Steelers were expected to start off the season impressively and to be one of the teams that could take down the New England Patriots from the top of the AFC. They might not have been as dominant and impressive in the opening rounds, comparing to some previous seasons, but they still got the job done and are 2-0.
While the Eagles rookie quarterback surprises us all with his first two round performances, Ben Roethlisberger on the other side was, as expected, quite impressive. Alongside the total of 559 yards and 95.5 rating, Roethlisberger leads the NFL with a total of 6 touchdown passes. He did, however collect three interceptions so far, but nonetheless, the Steelers have played probably two of the toughest defenses in the league. In the first round the Steelers have beaten the 2015 NFC East Champions – Washington Redskins with 38-16, while defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round with 24-16.
After their first two rounds of great performances, it will be interesting to how the Eagles will cope with the Steelers, who are one of the better teams, but if the Eagles continue to play strong defense like they did in their first two rounds, and if Wentz continues to run the offense like he did, there is no doubt that they might walk away with 3-0.
The Steelers opened as 5.5-point favorites but the betting line quickly moved to 4 points on Tuesday, according to the www.sportsinformationtraders.com website.
The game will be played on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Words By: Admir Aljic