The Battle of Pennsylvania: Steelers Defeat Eagles 38-29

The Battle of Pennsylvania: Steelers Defeat Eagles 38-29

In the battle of supremacy in the state of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Steelers took down the Philadelphia Eagles 38-29 on Sunday. The injury riddled Eagles fought valiantly until the end, but they were no match for the Steelers who were propelled to the win by rookie Chase Claypool, who found the end zone four times on the day. With his four touchdowns, Claypool is the first Steelers rookie to score four touchdowns in a game since Roy Jefferson accomplished the same feat in 1968.

Ben Roethlisberger had another solid day behind center, completing 27 of 24 passes for 239 and three touchdowns, all to Chase Claypool. While James Connor ran the ball the bulk of the game for the Steelers, rushing 15 times for 44 yards and a touchdown, Ray-Ray McCloud led the team in rushing with two carries for 63 yards. Chase Claypool also ran in a score for the Steelers as well. Claypool ended his brilliant day hauling in seven passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Eric Ebron played his part in the passing game Sunday, catching five catches for 43 yards, while also fumbling the ball once. Defensively, the Steelers were led by Mike Hilton who recorded eight solo tackles and a sack, while Stephon Tuitt, T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward each recorded a sack as well. Steven Nelson also had a great for the Steelers, recording five solo tackles and two interceptions.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) plays in an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

With his primary weapons still out due to injury, Carson Wentz continued to struggle. He completed the day completing 20 of 35 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The rushing game also struggled on the day, with Miles Sanders rushing the ball 11 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers appear to be fantastic, but one of Sanders touchdowns was a 74-yard run. Sanders’ score marked the first time in over 20 years an Eagles player has rushed for a score of that many yards. With the Eagles struggling to get receivers on the field, Travis Fulgham led the team with 10 receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown. No other Eagles receiving was able to reach more than 40 yards on the day, with Greg Ward recording the other lone Eagles receiving touchdown. Tight end Zach Ertz was again quiet on Sunday, hauling in a single pass of only six yards.

Going into Sunday’s game, the Eagles led the league in sacks, were able to get to Roethlisberger only once, despite the Steelers missing Pro Bowl right guard David DeCastro to injury in the first half. Their inability to get to Big Ben, allowing him plenty of time to find his receivers, was ultimately the Eagles downfall on the day. The Eagles’ defense also allowed the Steelers to convert 11 of 15 third down conversions, and a perfect three for three in red-zone trips.

The Steelers will play next Sunday at home against the 4-1 Cleveland Browns, their first division opponent of the season. The Eagles’ road to the Playoffs doesn’t get any easier next week, as they will host Lamar Jackson and the 4-1 Baltimore Ravens.

Featured Image Credit: USA Today

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