NFL · Sun (10/17) @ 8:22pm ET
|Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
Here is a look at Sunday’s prime-time week 6 game between Seattle and Pittsburgh.
The weather forecast, as of Thursday morning, indicated there was a 2 percent chance of rain at kickoff increasing to 15 percent late in the game. But not much wind.
Seattle Seahawks (2-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)
- Time: 8:20 p.m. EDT
- Line: Steelers by 5 (42)
The skinny: For the first time since 2011 the Seahawks will be led by a quarterback other than Russell Wilson when they face the Steelers.
Facts: Wilson required surgery for a injured middle finger on his right (passing) hand suffered in Seattle’s 26-17 home loss to the LA Rams last Thursday and will be out for at least a month. His replacement is Geno Smith, a second-round pick of the Jets in 2013 who became an immediate starter. Pittsburgh has scored a TD on its first possession the past two weeks, going 75 yards at Green Bay and 85 at home vs. Denver. Last season it had a first-drive TD once in 17 games. The Steelers ended an 11-game streak of not reaching 100 rushing yards in a game with 147 last week in its 27-19 win over Denver, including a season-high 122 by rookie RB Najee Harris. Seattle is 13-1 playing in the Eastern Time Zone the past four seasons, going 9-4-2 ATS. Included is a Week 1 28-16 win at Indianapolis this season as a 3-point choice. Of course, that record was with Wilson at the helm. Pittsburgh and QB Ben Roethlisberger are lamenting the loss for the rest of the season of star WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder). But at least they have WR Chase Claypool back.
Full Seahawks Vs. Steelers Odds
Analysis: Which Geno Smith are we going to see? The one who ended the 2014 season with a perfect passer rating in a win over Miami or the guy who five starts earlier had an imperfect 0.0 rating vs. Buffalo (2-for-8 passing, three INTs), which could have been worse if negative numbers were allowed. For sure, he’ll be a rusty QB since he’s had only two starts the past seven seasons and won’t be making quick-enough decisions in the pocket. Thus he’s doomed to be in scramble mode a lot under pressure from T.J. Watt and Co. Regardless, a real weak link for the Seahawks is their beat-up secondary, especially at cornerback. As a unit, Seattle’s defense is at the bottom of the chart yielding 450.8 yards a game, which is on pace to break the NFL mark of 450.2 set by the original Baltimore Colts in 1950, a team that folded after the season.
Forecast: Steelers 28, Seahawks 13
Last week: 7-8-1 ATS; 10-6 SU
Season total: 45-33-2 (.577) ATS; 53-27 (.663) SU