The 6-4 Pittsburgh Steelers are making the cross-country trek to play the 5-5 Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of Super Bowl XL, and despite their record the early odds are favoring the home team. The Seahawks possess one of the true home field advantages in the Seattle "12th Man", but rarely does their "Legion of Boom" defense face an offense with the power and prowess like the Steelers.
The one comparable offense which the Seahawks see twice a season is that of the Arizona Cardinals, who just went into Seattle two weeks ago and handed Russell Wilson and company their 5th loss of the season. The Steelers offense with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, DeAngelo Williams, Heath Miller and Markus Wheaton is enough to give even the best defensive coordinator headaches, and will look to pick up where they left off before their bye week, with back-to-back wins and consecutive games of scoring 30 points.
Nonetheless, despite the Steelers' offense and their 5th best scoring defense, the early odds have the Seahawks as 3.5-point favorites to start the week. However, the early line starting at 3.5 is on the low end of several other sports books. The highest spread sees the Seahawks as 5-point favorites, while the majority see Seattle as 4-5-point favorites.
Surprising numbers for a Seahawks team who has struggled, but has the friendly confines of home field standing in their corner. The Steelers don't travel cross country well, and have only won once in Seattle in the 1980s. Pittsburgh will look to reverse that trend this Sunday in the land of Starbucks, but if the Vegas odds tell fans anything, it is they see this game being a close contest between two teams who are playing for their postseason lives.
The Steelers and Seahawks game is set for a 4:25 p.m. EDT kickoff, and will air on CBS.