Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)
- Pittsburgh Steelers Moneyline: +138
- Philadelphia Eagles Moneyline: -158
- Over/Under: 35
- Kickoff: Aug. 9, 2018 — 7 p.m. ET
Coach Mike Tomlin has already confirmed that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (rest), wide receiver Antonio Brown (quad) and tight end Vance McDonald (foot) won’t suit up, and running back Le’Veon Bell’s holdout has him more focused on GameCube than game day.
The backups should get plenty of reps, particularly former Oklahoma State teammates and second- and third-round picks James Washington and Mason Rudolph. The field-stretching wide receiver and deep-ball quarterback hooked up for 13 touchdowns in 2017 and helped the Cowboys average a ridiculous 45 points per game. BlackJack Fletcher is backing the Steelers on the road.
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The Eagles retained most of their Super Bowl roster, but it’d be surprising to see many of their starters Thursday.
Running back Jay Ajayi could work as the offense’s lead back, but his chronic knee issues make a large preseason role unlikely. Starting wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (shoulder, PUP), Mike Wallace (undisclosed) and Nelson Agholor (undisclosed) all missed practice Tuesday and are expected to sit alongside quarterbacks Nick Foles (upper body soreness) and Carson Wentz (knee).
We should see plenty of quarterbacks Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan, both of whom have career TD:INT ratios of 3:0.