Steelers Vs. Seahawks: NFL Week 2 Game Notes

Okay, it's time to start thinking about the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2 opponent, the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll's squad tried to make a game of it in San Francisco last Sunday, but ultimately shot themselves in the foot with two special teams coverage gaffes late in the fourth quarter that crippled any chance of a comeback. I watched a fair amount of the game and was both somewhat impressed by the tenacity of their defense, as well as decidedly unimpressed by the effectiveness of the offense. I'll elaborate more throughout the remainder of the week, spotlight several players I feel are worth keeping an eye on Sunday, and breakdown how I think the Steelers will go about their home opener Sunday afternoon, but let's first take a quick look at the two team's series history, as well as a few stats and game notes to begin the pregame coverage of Pittsburgh's Week 2 matchup with Seattle.

SERIES HISTORY + Game Notes:

 

SEAHAWKS

STEELERS

SERIES LEADER

8-7

STREAKS

4 of past 6

COACHES VS. OPP.

Carroll: 1-2

Tomlin: 1-0

LAST WEEK

L 33-17 at 49ers

L 35-7 at Ravens

LAST GAME

10/7/07: Seahawks 0 at Steelers 21. Pittsburgh RB Najeh Davenport scores 2 rushing TDs & QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 206 yards & 1 TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/7/07

BROADCAST

FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Sea.), 93 (Pit.). XM: 226 (Pit.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Jackson: 21-37-197-2-1-78.3

Roethlisberger: 22-41-280-1-3-52.9

RUSHING

Lynch: 13-33-2.5-0

Mendenhall: 12-45-3.8-0

RECEIVING

Baldwin (R): 4-83-20.8-1 (T3C)

Wallace: 8 (T3L)-107-13.4-0

OFFENSE

219.0

312.0

TAKE/GIVE

-3

-7

DEFENSE

209.0 (1C)

385.0

SACKS

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Woodley: 1

INTs

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PUNTING

Ryan: 48.9 (3C)

Sepulveda: 52.8 (3L)

KICKING

Hauschka: 5 (2/2 PAT; 1/1 FG)

Suisham: 1 (1/1 PAT; 0/0 FG)

 

STEELERS:  

 

  • Club has 6-0 recorded in September at Heinz Field under head coach Mike Tomlin.
  • Pittsburgh has won 8 consecutive home openers, 2nd-longest active streak in NFL. The Steelers are gunning for their 6th straight win vs. NFC at home.
  • With win, Ben Roethlisberger would record 70th win in 4th-fewest starts (100) among QBs who began their career in Super Bowl era. In only regular-season game vs. Sea. (10/7/07), Roethlisberger completed 18 of 22 passes (81.8 pct.) for 206 yards with 1 TD & 120.8 passer rating.
  • Including SB XLV, Rashard Mendenhall aims for 7th consecutive game w/ rush TD vs. NFC.
  • Hines Ward earned SB XL MVP honors with 5 rec. for 123 yards (24.6 avg.) with 1 TD in last game vs. Seahawks. Ward (11,769) needs 66 rec. yards to surpass Hall of Famer Don Maynard (11,834) for 20th in NFL history.
  •  Dating back to 12/19/10, Mike Wallace looks to extend consecutive game streak with 100+ receiving yards to five (102, 104, 105, 107).
  • Heath Miller had 13-yard TD catch in last game vs. Sea (10/7/07). Miller (289) needs 11 catches to become first Steelers TE with 300 career.
  • James Harrison (49) needs sack to become 5th Steeler w/ 50 career.
  • LaMarr Woodley recorded 40th career sack last week


SEAHAWKS:

  • QB Tavaris Jackson threw 2 TD passes last week. In past 5 starts, has 3 games with 2+ TD passes.
  • RB Marshawn Lynch had 85 scrimmage yards in only game vs. Pit. (9/16/07 with Buf.).
  • RB-KR-PR Leon Washington has 7 career KR-TDs, 2nd most in NFL history. Had 138 total yards last week (104 KR, 27 PR, 7 rec.).
  • Undrafted rookie WR Doug Baldwin had 4 catches for 83 yards (20.8 avg.), incl. 55-yard TD, in NFL debut. 
  • WR Sidney Rice had career-best 10 catches for 136 yards in only game vs. Pit. (10/25/09 with Min.). In past 4 vs. AFC, Rice has 25 catches for 456 yards (114 per game) & 3 TDs. In career, has 5 100-yard games. Has 146 career catches & 110 (75.3 pct.) have gone for 1st down or TD. 
  • WR Golden Tate had TD catch last week, his 1st career TD.
  • DE Chris Clemons had sack in only game at Pit. (11/28/04 with Was.). 
  • S Kam Chancellor had career-high 9 tackles last week
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