Nick Sirianni will make his NFL head coaching debut on Thursday night when he leads the Philadelphia Eagles against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers in a 2021 NFL preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Sirianni, a longtime assistant with numerous clubs, was hired to replace Doug Pederson, who led the franchise to a Super Bowl title in 2017 but managed just a 4-11-1 mark last year. Sirianni is an offensive-minded coach who has experience calling plays with the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts. He faces Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who has never logged a losing season in 14 years at the helm.
Philadelphia is a one-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 36 in the latest Steelers vs. Eagles odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before locking in any Eagles vs. Steelers picks of your own, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL guru R.J. White has to say about the matchup.
CBS Sports' Fantasy and gambling editor, White ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
What's more, White has gone an astounding 45-24-3 on his last 71 picks involving Pittsburgh, returning more than $1,800. This sterling record includes telling SportsLine members to back Pittsburgh (-1) against Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has locked in on Steelers vs. Eagles from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick for their 2021 NFL exhibition game. You can visit SportsLine now to get this pick. Here are several NFL odds and bettings trends for Steelers vs. Eagles:
- Steelers vs. Eagles spread: Philadelphia -1
- Steelers vs. Eagles over-under: 36 points
- Steelers vs. Eagles money line: Eagles -120, Steelers +100
- PIT: Steelers are 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 road games as an underdog
- PHI: Eagles have covered the spread in their past four home games
Why the Eagles can cover
The Eagles are working on improving what emerged as a patchwork secondary last season because of various injuries and inexperience. They were relatively solid in coverage and tackling, allowing an average of just 237.4 yards per contest, but they also lacked big-play ability, with their eight total interceptions ranking third-worst in the NFL.
The club addressed those needs in part by adding durable veteran Steven Nelson to the mix. The six-year cornerback spent the past two seasons with the Steelers following four with the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the past three seasons, he has seven interceptions, including a career-high four with Kansas City in 2018. He also has missed just two games during that span.
The Eagles also might have gotten a steal by taking cornerback Zech McPhearson in the fourth round of this year's draft. The Texas Tech product has received plenty of buzz in training camp because of his confidence and playmaking ability. He will make his NFL debut Thursday and is expected to add depth behind Nelson and fellow veteran Darius Slay.
Why the Steelers can cover
Pittsburgh backers may benefit from what is largely expected to be an extended showcase on Thursday for newly-acquired quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the former Ohio State standout who left after two seasons with the Washington Football Team.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was effusive in his praise of Haskins to the media this week, saying the new quarterback has been diligent with his practice habits and exhibited strong leadership skills on the field. The 24-year-old quarterback led the Steelers on a pair of third-quarter scoring drives in last week's Hall of Fame Game. He finished 8-of-13 for 54 yards with no interceptions.
How to make Steelers vs. Eagles picks
White has analyzed this matchup and we can tell you he's leaning over. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You can only get White's expert NFL picks at SportsLine.
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