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Steelers Open as 8-Point Favorites against Eagles

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have opened as 8-point favorites at home against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to odds released Sunday by BetOnline.ag.

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.

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Should Steelers Sign Zach Banner to be Starter in 2021?

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Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault.

He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. With Banner expected to be ready for a return next season, should the Steelers sign the 27-year-old with the anticipation that he could be a key piece to bolster the offensive line that was missing during the 2020 season?

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Zach Banner Announces Self-imposed Social Media Ban Until he Signs New Deal

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Zach Banner is sending a clear message about his priorities ahead of the 2021 NFL season. Banner, who is a free agent and looking for a new deal with the Steelers, tweeted that he is going to stay off social media until he officially signs on the dotted line.

Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault. He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. Banner now hopes to return to Pittsburgh and be the missing piece the Steelers offensive line desperately needs.

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Rooney: Steelers Plan to Return to St. Vincent for 2021 Training Camp

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There is plenty that remains up in the air about the 2021 NFL offseason, but the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plans to resume one of their enduring traditions that was broken by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The Steelers were forced to forgo their trip to the campus of St. Vincent College near Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 2020 due to the NFL’s rules regarding keeping players isolated during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s unclear how much those restrictions will change for the NFL teams this summer, but as things stand as of today, the Steelers are still making plans to return to the Laurel Highlands for the team’s annual training camp this summer.

“As we sit here today, our plan is to have training camp in Latrobe,” team president Art Rooney II said to Steelers.com on Friday. “We still have a ways to go to get there, but I think there’s a pretty good chance that’s going to be able to happen. We’re still hopeful we’re going to have some form of offseason program, and it’s probably not going to start on time but I think it’s important particularly for the young players that we get back to having an offseason program and then a full training camp and preseason games. I think we need to have that to help the young players continue to develop.”

Displaced from their usual bucolic summer home and from UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side due to capacity limitations, the Steelers spent the 2020 training camp and preseason at Heinz Field.

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