NFL Inside Look: Seattle Seahawks visit Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2 of the NFL season is full of good games and one of them should be Seattle Seahawks vs Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Seahawks are coming off a hard-fought win against Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell hard against the New England Patriots.
Let’s examine the key components of this football game.
1. Wilson vs Big Ben
Russell Wilson had only 20 pass attempts last week against the Bengals, but with the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary being a question mark one would think Russ will go off for a big game and connect with Tyler Lockett routinely.
Ben Roethlisberger looked lackluster with his offense but might find extra juice playing an afternoon game at Heinz Field for his team’s home opener.
Big Ben should have a much better day vs the Seattle secondary and hit the endzone a few times.
2. Hit the QB
If there’s just enough pressure one of the signal-callers in this matchup should make a mistake of some kind.
Big Ben can hold the ball too long sometimes and with the Hawks front-7 being able to make plays, it’s important to make the Pitt QB pay and force his o-line into penalties.
The Bengals sacked Wilson four times last week, so the Pitt pass rush needs to take advantage of that Seattle o-line. The Steelers need to try to keep Wilson in the pocket since he can run the ball effectively.
T.J. Watt had just one tackle vs the Patriots in Week 1 and it’s important for him to show up big time this week.
Bud Dupree had a sack for the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and a total of four tackles.
3. Run, run, run
Probably the biggest key in this matchup is both teams focusing on getting their running backs involved consistently.
The Pittsburgh Steelers only had 13 carries for 32 yards vs the Pats and James Conner was nonexistent, but Sunday he has to get more touches and break free for a few big gains.
Seattle had 25 carries for 72 yards and Chris Carson had only 46 of them.
It appears as if both teams should be better this week, but creating enough big enough gaps may not be easy with both front-7s fighting to improve on outings in Week 1.
Rashaad Penny had only six rushes for 18 yards, so the Seahawks could try to utilize him in the passing game to get him going.
With both teams trying to keep pace in their divisions, it’s no surprise that these two teams will battle to avoid an 0-2 hole.
It feels as if Seattle Seahawks will pull off the win because they have better players on the defensive side of the ball and Wilson should pick apart the Steelers ‘D’.
However, the black and gold can not afford to lose at home and Big Ben can spread the ball around with the pieces they have. Pitt also has a strong o-line and maybe Vance McDonald can create problems during the game as well.
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