The Steelers were atrocious in New England, but desperation will kick in at home with Ben Roethlisberger throwing for big plays behind more consistent running support from James Connner. But the Steelers’ run defense will slow down Chris Carson and set up the pass rush to limit Wilson’s deep throws.
The Steelers (0-1) need this game. The Seahawks (1-0) have a chance to really elevate their stock in the NFC West race with a key road win. Give me Pittsburgh in its own building, playing desperate, but I don’t feel great about it.
Steelers seldom lose back-to-back, especially when the second is at home. Seattle needs more time to jell.
Pittsburgh looked awful last week, but they always look bad in Foxboro. A correction seems in store this week against a Seattle team that can’t pass block and can’t cover receivers. Pittsburgh can expose both of those flows.
The Steelers looked awful in losing to the Patriots, but this is their home opener and you can bet they will be focused after losing the way they did. Seattle showed some problems in beating the Bengals, which will be in play here – mainly their poor offensive line play and bad secondary play.
Look for the Steelers to have a big-time bounce-back performance. Ben Roethlisberger could pick apart one of the NFL’s worst secondaries after Andy Dalton threw for 418 yards in Seattle.
Adjust for opponent and the Seahawks’ 21-20 victory over the Bengals was almost as alarming as the Steelers’ 33-3 loss to the Patriots. Cincinnati outgained Settle by nearly 200 yards and 1.5 yards per play, giving more credence to a hunch that the Seahawks will regress this season.
The Steelers have not lost to an NFC West team at home (6-0) since Mike Tomlin became coach. Two of those wins were shutout victories against the Seahawks. That might not happen this time, but the Steelers have historically bounced back from a beatdown.
The Seahawks are 1-8 SU and 0-8-1 ATS in their last nine September road games, while the Steelers have started 0-2 only once since 2007. A bounce-back seems in order for Pittsburgh at home.
John Ross had a field day in Week 1 against the Seahawks’ secondary. This is the week JuJu Smith-Schuster breaks out.
If Smith-Schuster is anywhere near 100 percent, Seattle’s rebuilt secondary — Legion of Whom? — could be in big trouble.
Lock of the Week
When you watch games, sometimes you realize the wrong team won. Seattle did not deserve to beat Cincinnati last week. They were out-gained 429-232 at home. It was a bit alarming, though the concern isn’t heightened because they won. Meanwhile there’s panic in Pittsburgh after the Steelers got blown out. I think they bounce back at home.