The Pittsburgh Steelers have played their final home game of the year with a challenging two-game road trip to close out the regular season. First stop, Seattle! They’ll travel out west in Week 17 to take on the Seahawks, with kickoff set for Sunday, December 31 at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Here’s a look at the odds on the board for Steelers-Seahawks matchup in Week 17.
Steelers vs. Seahawks Week 17 odds
Point spread: Steelers +3.5
Moneyline odds: Steelers +150, Seahawks -180
Both the Steelers and Seahawks enter this matchup at 8-7 and their playoff hopes on the line — albeit on two different ends of the spectrum. The Seahawks will have the ability to clinch a wild card spot in Week 17 with a win and a Packers-Vikings tie. Meanwhile, the Steelers could face elimination with a loss and another of other dominoes falling out of their favor.
The Seahawks enter this matchup having been on a bit of a skid offensively, having been held to 20 or fewer points in five of their last six outings. Still, they enter this matchup on a two-game winning streak, including an impressive Week 15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, with plenty of talent and depth on both sides of the ball that have kept them in the mix to make the postseason.
The Steelers enter this matchup with some momentum as well, however, having just broken their three-game losing streak with a dominant win over the Cincinnati Bengals with QB Mason Rudolph at the helm. In his first start since 2021, Rudolph threw for 290 passing yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions for 124.0 passer rating — a statistical feat that starter Kenny Pickett had never once managed over 24 career starts.
HC Mike Tomlin says the plan is to start Rudolph again in Week 17, though second-year starter Kenny Pickett could be getting healthy enough in his rehab from an ankle injury to force a challenging conversation. If Pickett is cleared to start, can you really afford to start him after the performance Rudolph posted just a week ago? The answer is, probably not — not with this much on the line. The Steelers need upside to save their season.
Regardless of the recent momentum, Pittsburgh will have a much greater challenge ahead of them against the Seahawks, both offensively and defensively. Veteran quarterback Geno Smith has made the most of his cohort of skill position players, including a talented RB tandem between Kenneth Walker and rookie Zach Charbonnet, as well as a talented trio of wide receivers including D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba. They’ll give this defense, with a number of starters uncertain for Week 17 due to injury, a lot to handle.
Defensively, the Seahawks will lean on All-Pro veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner, supported in the secondary by cornerbacks Devon Witherspoon, Riq Woolen, and yes — even former Steeler Artie Burns — alongside safety Julian Love, who’s had three interceptions over the past three weeks, including a pick-six against Brock Purdy in Week 14.
Since betting lines opened, 50% of the point spread bets on Steelers-Seahawks and 64% of the handle has been wagered in favor of the Pittsburgh to cover. Meanwhile, 98% of the handle is coming in on the over (in comparison to 59% of the total bets on the point total), meaning there’s a lot of sharp money coming in on the OVER.