Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bold Predictions for Each Team

Jeremy SickelContributor IIIOctober 5, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field after a time out against the New York Jets during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Heinz Field on Sunday to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. This intra-state battle has been circled on the calendar since the NFL released its schedule back in April.

The Eagles enter this week with a 3-1 record, but not all is sunny in Philadelphia. Concerns over Michael Vick's consistency and the lack of a team identity leave questions as the season progresses.

Philadelphia is actually one of the more balanced teams in the league, but they must do a better job of capitalizing on their scoring chances. The Eagles are only averaging 16.5 points per game this season.

The Steelers are coming off their bye week that was preceded by a puzzling 34-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 3.

Injuries have held Pittsburgh this season, but James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Rashard Mendenhall should all be on the field against the Eagles.

This matchup features some of the more electrifying players in the league and could light up the scoreboard. But both teams could opt for a more grind-it-out style as well.

Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday's game.


Michael Vick Commits 4 Turnovers in Road Loss

Michael Vick's season started out very rocky (six interceptions to only three touchdowns in the first two games), but the Eagles found ways to scratch out two wins against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

Things have calmed down since, but Vick still isn't performing up to expectations. The Eagles have a capable rookie backup in Nick Foles in case head coach Andy Reid decides to make a switch.

While the Steelers have only forced three turnovers all season, their defense is just now getting back to full strength. Look for a different approach out on the field this Sunday.

Vick has yet to have that standout game this season. A road game against a revitalized Pittsburgh defense will stall those plans for one more week.


Steelers Double Their Season Sack Total of 5 against Michael Vick

The Steelers have only sacked the opposing quarterback five times this season. But with a defense that is just now getting back to full strength, look for that number to quickly increase as the season progresses.

The Eagles' offensive line has allowed 11 sacks of Vick this season. Look for a Steelers defense to keep the quarterback very busy on Sunday.

When Vick is at his best, he evades the pressure and can turn a chaotic play into positive yardage. But the Steelers defense is a disciplined group and will find ways to not let him to break containment.

Look for a big game from Polamalu and Co. on Sunday.


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