PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles are off to a 2-0 start and the excitement in Philadelphia is evident.
Week 3 brings a new challenge, as the Eagles will face their most difficult test maybe all season as the AFC favored Pittsburgh Steelers come to town for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff at the Linc.
Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham is urging the fans to bring the noise.
Listen: Brandon Graham on the 94WIP Morning Show
“Yeah we need them to be real loud, especially when they on offense,” Graham told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show. “We need them to bring the energy and we gonna do the rest.”
Head coach Doug Pederson echoed Graham’s message about 30 minutes later on the 94WIP Morning Show.
Listen: Doug Pederson on the 94WIP Morning Show
“I just want to shout out to our fans. We need everybody this weekend. It’s going to be a great game, a great football game at four o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday. I just want to get everybody — it’s gonna be a loud stadium. I want everybody to just go crazy this weekend and have a great time. But I want to implore all the fans, let’s come out and let’s rally around this football team.”
Graham has two sacks and two stuffs already this season and would like nothing more to start Sunday’s game with another big play.
“Oh man, I’m telling you that’s the best feeling,” Graham said of an early sack at home. “To get the crowd going, get everything started, send a message the first play. That’s what you want.”
The cheapest non-standing room only ticket you can find on Stubhub.com as of Wednesday morning is $212 for an upper level end zone seat. The Eagles opened as 5.5 point underdogs according to VegasInsider.com, but the line has since shifted to just 3.5.
The Steelers boast one of the game’s best offenses with two-time Super Bowl champ Ben Roethlisberger running the show. The also have, arguably, the NFL’s best receiver in Antonio Brown.
“Well we gotta get the bear [Roethlisberger], that’s number one,” Graham. “We gotta stop [running back] DeAngelo Williams, that’s number two. And after that, players gonna make plays. This is one of those games where they [the Eagles’ secondary] can either make plays on Antonio Brown or he gonna make plays on them.”
The biggest storyline entering this game, and possibly across the entire National Football League, is Carson Wentz — who became the first quarterback in NFL history to start and win his first two games without his team committing a turnover.
Graham continues to rave about the 23-year-old QB.
“[He] just works hard and he’s really paying attention to the little details that the coaches want,” Graham said of Wentz. “And I believe that with coming in doing a little extra…being up here super early and really trying to get ahead before the next week. I mean, man, that’s all you can ask for.
“I really think he keeps his composure all the time. He’s really just flat all the time. I mean, he don’t get too high or too low. He’s just an even-keel guy and I think he will have a lot of success in Philly because he works hard and when he’s out there, obviously he plays hard. He takes a couple hits that a lot of people wouldn’t take as a rookie.”