The Pittsburgh Steelers have the Seattle Seahawks coming to town at the perfect time. You would like to have your opponent at 100% health as to best gauge your team’s competitiveness and get the best matchup possible. But for the Pittsburgh Steelers, you desperately need them to get back to a .500 record before they hit the bye week. So, when the Seahawks placed both Russell Wilson and Chris Carson on injured reserve, despite not receiving the most exciting matchup, the Steelers caught a massive break.
The Seattle Seahawks will now leave its offense in the hands of Geno Smith throwing to two very good wide receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. But without the talents of their franchise quarterback, and their number one running back, the Steelers’ defense shouldn’t have any problems stopping what remains. Let’s face it, the Seahawks offensive line is still one of the worst units in football and without the hyper mobile Wilson and bruising Carson, the Steelers defense should be smacking around the supporting cast behind the line of scrimmage.
If the Steelers can build any decent lead, I anticipate this to be the week where the pass rush goes off. Force Geno Smith to deliver in the pocket and just unleash the dogs on him. You can’t double team all the Steelers’ defenders so someone should have themselves a day. The Seahawks are so undermanned on offense the Steelers could possibly get away with double teaming both Metcalf and Lockett on possession type downs. This would mean Geno Smith would have to target secondary players whom he has likely had minimal time building chemistry with.
All this will be for nothing if the Steelers offense can’t get going against one of the worst, if not the worst, defenses in the NFL. Seattle struggles against stopping the run, and defending the pass really is no better. Ben Roethlisberger and company are sitting in a very nice position to replicate what they did against the Denver Broncos to the Seahawks. Let Najee Harris pound the rock, limit Roethlisberger’s attempts, and march the field controlling the clock. The recipe is right in front of them and they are facing a defense the offense should be able to assert their wills over. If all goes according to plan, the Pittsburgh Steelers shouldn’t have to face any tough sledding on Sunday night. This game SHOULD be an easy Steelers victory, but it wouldn’t be a Pittsburgh Steelers game if there wasn’t any drama…
But what do you think? Will the Pittsburgh Steelers actually take of business and handily take care of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.