The Seattle Seahawks make a cross-country trip to Heinz Field to kick off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. The Seahawks (2-3) are coming off a 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Thursday, losing quarterback Russel Wilson in the process. The Steelers (2-3) took care of business at home 27-19 against the Denver Broncos last Sunday. Pittsburgh opens this game up as five-point home favorites.
Wilson, Seahawks Fall to RamsThe Seahawks lost 26-17 to the Los Angeles Rams last Thursday, but that wasn’t the worst news of the day. Quarterback Russell Wilson is out several weeks while recovering from surgery on the middle finger of his right (throwing) hand. Geno Smith will make his first start in nearly four years while the Seahawks will play their first game without Wilson under center since 2011. He filled in admirably last week in the losing effort after Wilson left the game. He finished 10/17 for 131 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Seattle’s defensive effort has been abysmal this year, a far cry from the “Legion of Boom” days. Seattle has allowed at least 450 yards in each of its past four games, tying an NFL record. ''If I had to pinpoint one thing, it's that early on we got in our way a lot,'' linebacker Bobby Wagner said to AP reporters on Wednesday. ''Whether it's penalties, whether it's mistakes and miscommunications, and so that's probably the biggest thing. If we can fix those things, we have the talent and we have the people to be a great defense.'' Considering the unknown of having Smith under center for a full game, the Seahawks could use the boost of running back Chris Carson returning after missing last week with a neck issue.
Steelers Offense Wakes Up Against DenverRookie Najee Harris ran for a career-best 122 yards and a touchdown for Pittsburgh as the Steelers held off Denver 27-19 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak. Ben Roethlisberger silenced the critics for a week, but they still lack the same sharpness from prior years with the veteran behind center. The Steelers dropped three of four behind a retooled offensive line that at times looked overmatched.
They played a lot better on Sunday. The Steelers gave up one sack and kept Denver outside linebacker Von Miller in check while running the ball 35 times and passing just 25, the kind of ratio Roethlisberger is more than happy to live with at his age. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster went to the hospital with a shoulder injury sustained while getting tackled following a 3-yard gain on an end-around in the second quarter. Early reports did not look good, and it turns out the star wideout will be out for the rest of the season. It’s a tough blow for a team already struggling on the offensive end. Thankfully, they'll be facing one of the league’s worst defenses.
- Steelers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games facing NFC West teams
- Steelers are 7-3 in their last 10 home games against the Seahawks
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- Seahawks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games
- Seahawks are 3-7 in their last 10 road games against the Steelers
- Seahawks are 2-4 in their last six games