The 2021 regular season is upon us, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. While the Steelers get ready for their latest home game of the season, it is time for the BTSC staff to put on their prognostication hats and guess the winner of the contest.
Who will get closest? We will be keeping tabs, so let’s get the picks. Check out the staff picks below, and even a pick from an enemy guest!
Believe it or not, I think the Steelers are making some major strides on the offensive side of the ball. Is it perfect? No. Is it always pretty? We know better. But they are getting better, and they continue to have their arrow point up, as Mike Tomlin would say, vs. the Seahawks in Week 6. I believe the offense does something they haven’t yet this season, and that is scoring 30 points. I see the Steelers’ defense harassing Geno Smith, and forcing more than one turnover in the game. A fourth quarter, garbage time touchdown makes this score look closer than what it actually was.
Pick: Steelers 30, Seahawks 20
Despite Bryan Anthony Davis saying his score before mine, I had it written down, on The Steelers Preview podcast, my name comes before his in this article so it will look like he stole his answer from me. I have the Steelers offense still putting together scoring drives and will have five of them just like last week, except they will get one more touchdown in place of a field goal which will put them over 30 points for the first time in the 2021 season. As for the defense, I think they control the game early but Seattle puts up points in order to make the score close. Did I just basically describe last week’s game? Sure, but as long as it’s the same result, a carbon copy works out well.
Pick: Steelers 31, Seahawks 23
Bryan Anthony Davis
David, sometimes great minds think alike. In this case, jinx…buy me a Coke. I think the reason we picked the same score is simple. We really see the offense starting to come alive and the team on the verge of something. If they lose this game with Russell Wilson out, Chris Carson out and the worst defense in the league representing, it would be the lowest point so far of the Steelers’ season. Najee is becoming the Najee of need, Chase and Diontae are on the verge of becoming superstars vying for Ben Roethlisberger’s attention and the defense is getting closer to their stifling identity.
Pick: See Dave Schofield. But if that’s too hard, Steelers 31, Seahawks 23
The Steelers seriously have an amazing opportunity to bring their record back up to even before their bye week. They have a beat up Seahawks team limping across the country, and they got them during the bright lights of Sunday night football. I anticipate the Steelers defense having a big night and Najee Harris having more yards than he had against the Broncos. All in all a big Steelers win to come.
Pick: Steelers 27, Seahawks 13
The Steelers have a chance to enter their bye week at .500, something that seemed improbable a couple of weeks ago. A wounded Seattle team provides a great opportunity to get there. I think Geno Smith will play respectably in Russell Wilson’s absence but the combination of a bad Seattle defense and an improving Steelers offense should be enough for Pittsburgh to get it done.
Pick: Pittsburgh 28, Seattle 20
The Seahawks can’t stop the run, the Steelers offense is based on running the ball. Geno Smith will be running an offense based on the quarterback being the best player on the field. Geno Smith isn’t that guy. With the run game rolling the passing game makes some big plays, and the defense, with a lead, makes some plays of their own.
Pick: Steelers 31, Seahawks 11
Rich Schofield (Big Bro Scho)
The Steelers looked like they righted the ship against Denver (at least for one week) and now look to get to .500 heading into their bye week. The Steelers will face a Seattle team without starting QB Russell Wilson, but the Steelers are notorious for falling to backup QB’s in the past, so nothing is certain. The Steelers are healthier than they’ve been the past few weeks, so hopefully that helps. The running game keeps churning out yards and controls the clock, while the defense chases Geno Smith all day. It isn’t necessarily pretty, but the Steelers get it done.
Pick: Steelers 27, Seachickens 19
The 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers will only go as far as their offensive line can take them. The revamped line appears to be finding their cohesive groove, easily playing their best game of the season against the Broncos. The fact that Najee Harris and Ben Roethlisberger enjoyed their most productive game of the season was the direct result of the offensive line's improvement. The Steelers need a repeat performance against the Seahawks, statistically the worst defense in the NFL at this point. The Steelers have the golden opportunity to defeat a Seahawks squad missing their franchise QB, and get back to respectability prior to the bye. Hopefully the Steelers found their identity last week.
Pick: Steelers 27, Seahawks 17
This seems like a game the Steelers would lose, but if the offensive line can play like it did last week, this offense will be tough for anyone to stop. Having said that, I am 0-5 picking Steelers games this year, so to ensure a Steelers victory, I pick the Seahawks to come back and win it in the fourth quarter.
Pick: Seahawks 24, Steelers 23
The Steelers struggle more than people expect offensively, Geno Smith is forced into making turnovers, either by fumble or interception, and the Steelers’ defense feasts with at least one score. Najee racks up 90-100 yards rushing again, but falls short of the century, Dionte Johnson is Ben’s favorite target and Pat Freiermuth scores a TD. The Seahawks score a field goal on their opening drive.
Pick: Steelers 31, Seahawks 19
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a much needed victory last week and the team played spirited football. Watching the game VS the Denver Broncos I saw players who wanted to win. Najee Harris and Chase Claypool put On A show along with the offensive line improving. The Steelers are climbing back up the AFC North ladder with The Browns and Bengals losing. Week 6 should be no different as the key to this game over the Seattle Seahawks should be to pressure Geno Smith and don’t turn the football over.
Pick: Steelers 37, Seahawks 9
The Steelers now have this strange thing called momentum following their 27-19 victory over the Broncos last week at Heinz Field. The Seahawks have the worst defense in the NFL, and I look for the Steelers offense to continue to improve against that unit on Sunday Night Football. Also, no Russell Wilson? Facing Geno Smith should be an advantage for a Steelers defense that should be closer to dominant than not most weeks.
Pick: Steelers 28, Seahawks 10
John Gilbert (Field Gulls Contributor)
My guess is a low scoring affair where both teams are sort of waiting for the opponent to make the first mistake, and in the end my guess is that the Steelers come away with a close victory. At the end of the day, an ugly score like 18-11 or 22-15 would not surprise me in the least, and my guess is that by virtue of having its starting quarterback the Steelers are the team that walks away at .500.
Pick: Steelers 22, Seahawks 15
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