Week 5 NFL picks and predictions: Eagles vs. Steelers

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As the rested Steelers host the Eagles coming off a big win, many pundits are forecasting a Pittsburgh victory in the battle of Pennsylvania on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Eagles (3-1), following a big divisional win over the New York Giants, head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in a game many prognosticators believe will get Pittsburgh (1-2) back to .500 after their bye week.

SB Nation's NFL editor Joel Thorman predicted a 24-16 Steelers win, saying, "The Steelers have their own issues, but at home, they'll win the turnover battle and beat the Eagles."

Sports Illustrated's Peter King foresees a 10-point, 27-17, Pittsburgh victory, saying Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be the major factor:

"Roethlisberger will get beat up some in this one, because his line won't be able to hold out Jason Babin and Trent Cole, but he'll man-up and get the Steelers to .500."

On a local level, Les Bowen at Philly.com predicted a tight 26-24 win for the Steelers. "The Steelers don't lose at home," Bowen writes, "and they absolutely don't lose at home to NFC teams."

In Pittsburgh, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also went with the home team in calling a 23-13 Steelers win, saying, "The Steelers have not lost the week following a bye since Mike Tomlin's first season."

Over at ESPN, their 12-man panel of football gurus sided with Pittsburgh 8-4 overall.


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