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Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Pick & Prediction OCT 17TH 2021

Complete TV: NBC Heinz Field Pittsburgh
273Seahawks Seattle
274Steelers Pittsburgh
OP
48
-2.5
CU
48o -105
-5.5 -110
ML
ML: 190
ML: -230
Partials
2 3 4 OT
0 0 14 6 0
0 14 3 3 3
Score
20
23
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Without Russell Wilson in the lineup, the Seahawks now turn to Geno Smith. For those that don’t remember Geno Smith, he was once the starting QB for the New York Jets. The good news is spending time under Wilson could’ve helped develop Smith slightly. Still, the Seahawks don’t have much guidance without Russell Wilson at the helm.

The Pittsburgh Steelers claimed their first win in three weeks in Week 5. They beat the Denver Broncos 27-19, a pretty great game for Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers now face a heavily injured Seahawks team. This game could give them a chance to bring their record to .500. That is of course as long as they don’t shoot themselves in the foot.

Seahawks vs. Steelers Odds for NFL Week 6

TV: NBC

MONEY LINE: Seahawks (+191) vs. Steelers (-221)

SPREAD: Seahawks +4.5 (-106) vs. Steelers -4.5 (-114)

GAME TOTAL: Over 42.5 (-110) vs. Under 42.5 (-110)

Seahawks vs. Steelers Preview, Trends and Stats

The Seattle Seahawks looked like one of the league’s best offenses early on. They started the season with a win over the Colts, but since then has been a tragedy. Their team struggled to win games, the defense has been disappointing, and they lost Russell Wilson. Now they hand the reins over to Geno Smith, the backup quarterback.

Geno Smith will have to deal with an incredible pass rush from the Steelers. T.J Watt has terrorized offensive lines and matches up well against Seattle. This is where Russell Wilson would improvise, something Smith can’t do. Head Coach Pete Carroll needs to find a way to get the ball out of Smith’s hands quickly.

In his game against the Denver Broncos, Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns. Sure it isn’t a lot, but the important part is that he had no turnovers. Najee Harris rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown as well, balancing out the offense. This is something they should focus on again in Week 6.

A balanced attack is a nightmare for the Seattle defense. Over five weeks the Seattle Seahawks allow 145 rushing yards per game. Through the air, they allow 305.6, one of the worst in the entire NFL. The Steelers should use this to their advantage and start exploiting that defense early.

Seahawks vs. Steelers Predictions

Seahawks 13 - Steelers 23

This is a tough game for the Seahawks, and especially Geno Smith. The defense can’t give him much help and the offense isn’t much without Russell Wilson. Worst of all, Pittsburgh knows exactly what they need to do to win this one. If they start scoring early, they’ll force Geno Smith to air it out, inevitably leading to turnovers.

This is good news for bettors though as it makes the decision clear. Taking the Steelers to win this game -4.5 is an easy bet. At home, Pittsburgh plays their best, and they’re catching their stride. It’s also starting to get quite cold, which is tough on opposing teams. Take the home team in this one.

Extra Points

1. Through eight games these teams have an even 4-4 record.

2. Seattle is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.

3. Pittsburgh could see LB Devin Bush back in the lineup on Sunday night.

Best Bet: Pittsburgh Steelers -4.5

Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Russell Wilson completed 29 of 35 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the host Pittsburgh Steelers 28-26 Sunday.

The Steelers (0-2) played the second half without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a right elbow injury late in the second quarter. Mason Rudolph replaced Roethlisberger and was 12 of 19 for 112 yards and two touchdowns, both to tight end Vance McDonald.

Seahawks tight end Will Dissly caught two of Wilson's TD passes, with rookie DK Metcalf getting the other on a 28-yarder with 7:15 remaining to give Seattle (2-0) a nine-point lead. Seattle's Rashaad Penny added a 37-yard touchdown run.

The Seahawks' Chris Carson rushed for 61 yards, one less than Penny, but fumbled twice deep in his own territory that led to a pair of Pittsburgh touchdowns.

The latter led to a 3-yard TD pass from Rudolph to McDonald, cutting Seattle's lead to two with 5:34 remaining.

But the Steelers never got the ball back. Carson earned a measure of redemption with a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 at the Pittsburgh 33-yard line with 2:00 remaining to help the Seahawks run out the clock.

The Seahawks, who trailed 10-7 at the half, went three-and-out on their first possession of the second half. But they scored touchdowns the next three times they had the ball.

Seattle took its first lead on a 12-yard pass from Wilson to Dissly with 9:49 left in the third. The score was set up when Rudolph's pass deflected off receiver Donte Moncrief's hands and was intercepted by Seattle safety Bradley McDougald at the Pittsburgh 40-yard line.

The Steelers trimmed their deficit to 14-13 on a 33-yard field goal by Chris Boswell. The key play on the drive was Rudolph's first career completion, a 45-yarder to JuJu Smith-Schuster on a flea flicker.

The Seahawks came right back with a seven-play, 75-yard drive capped by Penny's TD run to take a 21-13 lead into the fourth.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers took the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by James Conner with 14:44 left in the half after a Carson fumble. Conner would leave in the second half with a knee injury.

The Seahawks responded with a 12-play, 61-yard drive, with Wilson hitting Dissly for a 14-yard scoring strike.

After the teams exchanged punts, Boswell kicked a 41-yard field goal to make it 10-7.

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