When justifying my prediction that the Steelers will beat the Eagles on Sunday at Heinz Field, I opted for the visceral.
Based on living most of my life within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, this simply isn’t a game the Steelers lose.
Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com opted for evidence slightly more tangible. He writes that the Steelers are 19-2-1 against NFC teams at Heinz Field. In their last four home games against NFC opponents, the Steelers have won by the combined score of 93-12.
Moreover, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 13-1 at home against NFC opponents.
Then there’s the fact that Eagles teams under Andy Reid have gone 0-9 on the road against AFC teams that went to the playoffs. Though the Steelers still may not go to the playoffs, the Steelers are still the Steelers.
If the Eagles can somehow win at Heinz Field, it will mean that Philly is a very good team. Or the Steelers are uncharacteristically bad. Or both.