The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) will play their first home game in Week 2 as the Seahawks (0-1) come to Heinz Field. Pittsburgh will need to be stingy, keep the ball in their hands, and not turn the ball over as they did inWeek 1 versus Baltimore with 7 giveaways.
Seattle comes in with one less weapon available as a sore shoulder will keep WR Sidney Rice out of action for this weekend. ‘Hawks OG Robert Gallery will play despite knee problems. Look for Seattle to run the ball more than pass as they hope to duplicate Balitimore’s Ray Rice’s effort of 100 plus yards against the Steel Curtain in Week 1. It does not seem likely that Pittsburgh will allow back to back 100 yard rushers which means a punishing day for Seahawk RB Marshawn Lynch.
The Steelers looked old and were manhandled by the Ravens who played inspired ball for all four quarters last week. They will need to get back to basic Steeler ball and run on the back of RB Rashard Mendenhall who managed only 45 yards on the ground against Baltimore. Big Ben will need to do his part in the turnover department. Roethlisberger was responsible for 3 INT’s last week, passing for 280 yards, 1 TD. Targets will be possibly be whittled down as WR Jericho Cotchery has been ruled out for the game and WR Hines Ward has been held out of practice during the week leading up to Sunday’s game.
The Steelers need to get on pace in all offensive facets and hold on to the ball thus look for them to rely on the ground game to reclaim some prideagainst the Seahawks. The Steeler defense should be up to the task and be ableto utilize the blitz to get back a few turnovers left on the carpet against the Ravens.
PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH 33 SEATTLE 13
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Written by Karl Sannicks, II