Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Like many games, this one will be decided by QB play, 3rd downs & turnovers.
There will be several areas where strength meets strength and weakness meets weakness this weekend when the Eagles take on the Steelers... and something has got to give. Let's look at a few key stats that could have a major impact on this game.
Turnovers - This is not a strength vs strength matchup, quite the opposite actually. While the Eagles managed to be turnover-free last week, they still have 12 on the season. The Steelers, however, are arguably the worst team in the league at forcing turnovers. They've forced 3 in 3 games this season and were last in NFL in 2011 with just 15.
Third Downs - Now is where we go strength vs strength. Pittsburgh's offense leads the NFL in 3rd down conversion percentage at 56.3%. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense sits #3 in the NFL is stopping teams on third down, limiting them to just a 26.2% conversion rate. On the other side of the ball the Eagles offense is a solid 13th on third downs, while the Steelers D has been terrible allowing conversions on 48.5% of third downs. That's ranked #30 in the league.
QB efficiency - Ben Roethlisberger is 2nd in the league with a QB rating of 109.2 and is completing 68% of his passes. The Eagles defense, however, has held opponents to a QB rating of just 65.5, one of the best in the league. Plus, QBs have completed just 44% of their passes when throwing at Eagles corners.