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Steelers vs. Eagles: Steelers Week 3 Game Preview
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Ben Roethlisberger ran the no-huddle Saturday in the Steelers' 19-16 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills.

The Pittsburgh Steelers play their third game of the 2014 preseason Thursday night at Philadelphia (7:30 p.m., NFL Network).

Just as the third of four downs is so pivotal in football, the third NFL preseason game often is the most telling.

Starters traditionally play the longest in the third preseason game. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tends to keep his starters on the field for at least a half in the third preseason game. 

In golf, the third day of a four-day tournament is referred to as "Moving Day" as players try to move up the leaderboard to get into contention for the final day.

In the NFL, the third preseason game is a moving day for players fighting to make the roster. Teams must trim their roster from 90 to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Steelers.com.

It's already been an eventful week for the Steelers (1-1), and they'll reveal a lot about themselves Thursday night against the Eagles (0-2).

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