After a brief break for some R&R during the bye week, Philadelphia Eagles Week 8 is now in full swing. Fans will soon be able to watch the NFL’s only unbeaten team on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rare cross-state matchup where the outcome will be decided on the football field rather than the ice.
Will the Eagles be able to continue their remarkable unbeaten streak, add recent trade addition Robert Quinn to their rotation of edge rushers, and send the Steelers home with their collective tails between their legs?
Or will Pittsburgh recover from a difficult defeat to Miami and steal a victory from the Birds on their own field? It goes without saying that the plot and, thus, the Eagle’s predictions are extensive, and fans all across the world are eager to watch how things turn out.
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4 predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles Week 8 game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
4. Kenny Pickett Mishandles the Ball.
After starting the season with Mitch Trubisky at the helm and even designating the former Bear/Buffalo a captain coming out of training camp, Pittsburgh switched to 2022 first-round selection Kenny Pickett in Week 4 in an effort to defeat a surprising effective New York Jets club.
Similar to The Aforementioned Jets Game, the Outcomes Haven’t Been Effective.
The rookie quarterback has struggled to get the ball where he wants it to go, recording an alarming seven interceptions versus just two touchdowns – good for the third-most interceptions of any quarterback in the league despite having only played in four games and thrown 127 passes. Pickett has been completing his passes at a near-10% higher rate than his predecessor.
The Eagles’ back seven will obviously lose in Week 8.
3. Darius Slay Has Two More Picks to Make.
As a member of Jonathan Gannon‘s defence, Darius Slay is enjoying a professional comeback, and he doesn’t seem to mind if anyone notices.
The veteran Detroit Lion has played 316 defensive snaps during the first six weeks of the 2022 NFL season despite being injured. He has intercepted three passes and deflected four more for a total of seven interceptions, including a two-interception game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Could Slay’s second game with two interceptions this year occur in Week 8? Slay should have plenty of opportunity to make plays given Pickett’s willingness to throw the ball down deep and let his wide receivers compete for it. Whether it’s Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, or George Pickens on Matt Canada’s side of the field, expect to Slay to shut them down, and plan on Pickett throwing the ball their way nevertheless.
2. People, Start Devonta Smith in Fantasy
Only three NFL teams have given up more receiving yards than the Steelers did in 2022. They have allowed a total of 13 passing touchdowns, which is the sixth-worst record of any club in the league, and are giving up an average of 275 yards a game through the air.
Keep an eye on the Eagles’ passing offence in Week 8 without a doubt, but who is most likely to be the centre of Shane Steichen’s aerial attack, you ask? Daring guess: Devonta Smith.
The Steeler’s defence has allowed Jaylen Waddle, Chris Godwin, and Stefon Digg, three receivers with comparable player profiles to Smith, a total of 285 receiving yards over the last two weeks. Expect Smith to slip under the radar and secure another big-time effort in the middle of a deceptively solid season while Brown continues to draw the top place on opposing game plans.
1. Jalen Hurts Performs Admirably
Jalen Hurts, the quarterback for the Eagles, is expected to have a great week in week eight. The Steelers haven’t intercepted a pass since Week 4, and aside from Josh Allen in Week 5, they haven’t faced a rusher of Hurts’ calibre since January, when Pittsburgh defeated the Baltimore Ravens in overtime in Week 18; see also the previous prediction.
There’s little reason to think Hurts won’t be able to rack up yards through the air, yards on the ground, and, most importantly of all, another win on his resume as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback if Miles Sanders is right in his first professional game against his hometown team since October of 2020.