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Game Preview | Steelers vs. Eagles

The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) will travel instate to take on the Philadelphia Eagles (6-0). This cross-conference game is always a fight for Pennsylvania pride, and this season’s game is even more critical for the Eagles as they look to stay ahead of the Giants and Cowboys in the division.

Series Record: The Eagles lead the overall series 48-29-3 and are 26-8-2 at home.

QB: The Steelers’ 2022 season began with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback, but coach Mike Tomlin has since turned the role over to rookie Kenny Pickett to see what he has to offer as a signal-caller.

Pickett has had some growing pains in his four appearances and three starts this season. With 771 passing yards, two touchdowns and seven interceptions, he’s still finding his footing.

RB: Najee Harris, coming off a stellar rookie season, is off to a slow start in 2022. Through seven games, Harris is averaging 47.1 yards per game on the ground, totaling 329 yards on 100 carries. He’s also managed to get into the end zone just once so far. An offseason Lisfranc injury has limited Harris early, but now the metal plate has been removed and it could allow him to be more comfortable with the ball.

While Pickett is still developing as an NFL passer, he has helped tremendously in the run game, where he has 61 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Of the Steelers’ top three running backs, Pickett’s 5.1 yards per carry average is the highest of the group. His two touchdowns are also a team-high in seven games.

WR: Diontae Johnson has taken over as Pittsburgh’s WR1 in 2022. With 38 receptions on 67 targets, he leads the team in both categories. His 337 receiving yards rank second on the team. While his receiving numbers are impressive, Johnson has yet to find the end zone.

George Pickens leads the team in receiving yards; has quickly found success for the Steelers after being selected in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. With 338 yards and a touchdown on 26 receptions, Pickens has begun to flash the skills he showed at the University of Georgia. Even after missing much of his final collegiate season, he returned down the stretch for the Bulldogs and helped them to the National Championship.

With Chase Claypool having 266 yards and a touchdown on 28 receptions, the Steelers have three reliable wide receivers they can turn to in crunch time.

HE: Despite missing one game due to injury, Pat Freiermuth is tied for second on the team with 28 receptions on the season. Freiermuth has turned those catches into 310 yards and a touchdown as a checkdown receiver, first for Trubisky and now for Pickett. When fully healthy, Freiermuth is a difference maker in any game.


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