The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles will do battle in Week 3 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and while the Steelers haven't claimed a win in the city of brotherly love since the 1960s, there are ways the Steelers can exploit the Eagles.
Both teams are 2-0, but the Steelers experienced roster can certainly find ways to not just be successful, but come back to Pittsburgh with a pristine 3-0 record. Here are three ways the black and gold can lay the smack down on the Eagles this Sunday.
Throw early and often
After the first two weeks of the season, DeAngelo Williams has rushed for over 200 yards, and been extremely efficient behind the solid Steelers offensive line. In fact, the Steelers opened up the Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals with 5 consecutive runs. The strength of the Eagles defense is in their front 7, with the glaring weaknesses at the cornerback position. The Steelers would be wise to start the game opposite of how hey started the Week 2 game against the Bengals. Get Antonio Brown and company going early, as well as Ben Roethlisberger, to abuse the Eagles deficiency in their secondary.
Same song and dance on defense
As the Steelers prepare to play rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, most fans would think the Steelers would be blitzing the young signal caller with regularity. However, if Weeks 1 and 2 have shown us anything about this defense, it would be there is a strong chance the Steelers stick to the same successful game plan they've had all season. It isn't that the team isn't blitzing, they are extremely selective with when they bring pressure. Otherwise, they are dropping into their zones and forcing quarterbacks to fit the football into very tight windows. With a young, inexperienced quarterback at the helm, the team would be wise to stick with the game plan, taking advantage of mistakes.
Win situational football
Head coach Mike Tomlin talks about this aspect of the game with ridiculous regularity, and for good reason. The Steelers have won the situational football games throughout the first two weeks, and is a large reason why they are 2-0. The red-zone offense has been flawless, the red-zone defense nearly perfect, third down efficiency on both offense and defense both extremely solid in their own right. If this trend can continue, there is a good chance the Steelers will be coming back to Pittsburgh with a 3-0 record heading into Week 4.