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Eagles Schedule 2016 Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

Get to know the enemy.

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We continue our game-by-game preview of the Eagles' 2016 schedule with Philadelphia's Week 3 opponent: the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Click here for the Week 1 and Week 2 previews.)

Dating back to 1966, the Eagles are a perfect 8-0 at home when playing against the Steelers. It will be a big challenge for Philadelphia to extend that streak to 9-0 this season. The Steelers are coming off a 10-6 campaign where they had one of the best offenses in the NFL despite missing key players such as Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, and Martavis Bryant at certain points throughout the season. Jim Schwartz and the Eagles defense will be put to the test in this game.

Here’s a more in-depth look at the Steelers from our SB Nation writers over at Behind The Steel Curtain.

Notable free agent additions:

Ladarius Green, TE

Notable free agent departures:

Antwon Blake, CB, Brandon Boykin, CB


None to date

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:

Most would assume 1st round pick Artie Burns, CB, will be the main to step up, but the hope is he won't be needed in 2016. The picks who are expected to truly make some plays are 2nd round pick Sean Davis, Safety out of Maryland, and Javon Hargraves, NT from South Carolina State. Both play positions which are extremely thin and could lend themselves to seeing a rookie with notable playing time.

Biggest offseason addition:

No doubt the biggest addition was bringing in Ladarius Green. With Heath Miller calling it a career, Green will help mask some of the issues which are absent with Miller not in the fold anymore. Green has the size and speed to create mismatches down the middle of the field, something Miller lacked in his later years.

Other than Green, the Steelers' ability to keep their own (Ramon Foster, LG, William Gay, CB, and Robert Golden, S) were huge additions this offseason.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp:

The team's secondary will certainly be the most talked about topic heading into training camp, but the team's defense overall should be the biggest storyline. They were able to create turnovers in 2015, but their overall lack of pass defense (30th in the NFL) left the team hanging out to dry on more than one occasion.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:

For the past two seasons, offensive coordinator Todd Haley has given the offense a goal of averaging 30 points per game. They failed to do so last year, without having Ben Roethlisberger under center for almost 6 full games. If everyone stays healthy, this could be one of the best offenses in team history, as well as in the NFL in the past decade.

Notable injuries heading into training camp:

Le'Veon Bell's knee injury which ended his 2015 season early will be worth keeping an eye on, as well as an ankle injury which currently has Ladarius Green sidelined until training camp. Other than that, the Steelers have a relatively clean bill of health outside of the usual football maladies.