The Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks renew their rivalry at Heinz Field Sunday in Week 6, and the battle of these NFL teams certainly has a lot of headlines swirling around it.
Will the Steelers’ be able to duplicate the offensive success they experienced in Week 5?
Can T.J. Watt being fully healthy help the Pittsburgh defense continue to be dominant?
Are the Seahawks a team ripe for the picking, or a team ready for the primetime upset on the road?
Among those story lines are players who aren’t talked about often, but can certainly play a role in the outcome of the game. This week I was fortunate enough to ask Field Gulls’ contributor John Gilbert several questions leading up to the big game Sunday.
One of those questions was if he could give me a player who isn’t being talked about, but could play a big role in who wins and loses the game. He didn’t disappoint and gave a player Steelers fans should become acquainted with heading into Week 6. Here is what he had to say:
Rookie fourth round cornerback Tre Brown could be a wild card heading into the game. Tre Flowers was a starter at outside cornerback in Week 1, but was benched prior to Week 4 and then waived on Wednesday. Flowers’ replacement, Sidney Jones, came in to high expectations from Seattle fans as a local kid who had played his college ball at the University of Washington, but he’s been about as bad as Flowers was. The communications mistakes and wide open receivers have continued in each of the two games Jones has started, and if Tre Brown is activated from injured reserve Saturday afternoon, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him earn significant snaps at left cornerback Sunday.
Considering the Seahawks’ issues in the secondary, Brown was reinstated off Injured Reserve (IR) and should be a factor in this game. If Roethlisberger is able to get time, the weapons he has at his disposal, even without JuJu Smith-Schuster, should put a tremendous amount of stress on the thin Seahawks’ secondary.
This will certainly be a matchup to watch as the Steelers hope to start a two game winning streak, and get some mojo back heading into their Week 7 bye week.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the upcoming game between the Steelers and Seahawks this Sunday on Sunday Night Football.