The Pittsburgh Steelers fell flat on their faces in Week 1 against the New England Patriots, and if you followed the expert picks for that game, most experts were spot on in their predictions.
Take that for what it’s worth, but with the Seattle Seahawks coming to town for the Steelers’ home opener, you have to wonder what they think of this AFC vs. NFC matchup? Do they see a similar fate for the home team? Or do they think Mike Tomlin’s crew will get the bad taste out of their mouths and notch their first win of 2019?
Let’s take a look at what the experts are saying heading into Week 2...
At CBS Sports, their NFL expert Pete Prisco likes the Steelers to win. See what he has to say:
Seahawks at Steelers (-4)
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. The Steelers will get their first victory of the season.
Pick: Steelers 30, Seahawks 20
When going to the mother ship that is SB Nation, it is a mixed bag of picks from their experts who submit weekly picks. 6 of the 9 experts like the Steelers to hold serve at home and get back to .500 on the season.
USA Today might be the most pro-Steelers site out there, with a whopping 5 of their 7 experts riding on the Steelers wagon in hopes of claiming victory this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
The largest expert panel belongs to ESPN, and of the 10 people who make picks every week, 6 of them are in favor of Pittsburgh to get the best of Seattle, who is having to travel across country for an early start time in Week 2.
But there are just a handful of sites who submit weekly picks. What about all the others who aren’t listed above? This is where our friends at NFL Pick Watch come in. This website takes all expert picks and compiles them into an easy-to-read graph to see who the experts are favoring in every matchup that week. According to them, 76% of experts are in favor of the Steelers to win this rematch of Super Bowl 40.
Will the Steelers be able to get right against the Seahawks and show their fan base Week 1 wasn’t the norm, but an aberration? Or will Russell Wilson and company come to town and show they are still a contender in the competitive NFC? Only time will tell, but as of now the experts certainly like the black-and-gold this Sunday.