The Pittsburgh Steelers have opened as 8-point favorites at home against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to odds released Sunday.
The Steelers are 3-0 this season after their Week 4 game scheduled at the Tennessee Titans was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Tennessee organization. The Steelers beat the Houston Texans on Sept. 27 and also own wins over the Denver Broncos and at the New York Giants.
The Eagles are 1-2-1, winning at a San Francisco 49ers squad on Sunday night that was missing Jimmy Garoppolo and Raheem Mostert, 25-20. The Eagles also tied the Cincinnati Bengals and lost to the Los Angeles Rams at home and lost at Washington to open the season.
The Steelers are 2-1 against the spread, covering a 3.5-point line against the Texans and also covering against the Giants, but failing to cover six points in a five-point win over Denver.
Philadelphia is 1-3 against the spread, winning outright as 8.5-point underdogs. The Eagles were favored in each of their first three games. The favored team has not won any of Philadelphia’s first for games.
The point total of Sunday’s game, which will kick off at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field, is 44.5.
The home team has won each of the last four games between the teams, with Pittsburgh taking home victories in 2004 and 2012 and Philadelphia winning in 2008 and 2016. The overall series is 48-27-3 in favor of the Eagles.
Pittsburgh has not started its season with three straight wins since beating Atlanta, Tennessee and Tampa Bay to start the 2010 season. The Steelers finished that year with 12-4 record, winning the AFC North and falling to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV..
They have not won four straight games to begin a year since they won the first four games of the 1979 season.