Seattle Seahawks (5-five)-Pittsburgh Steelers (six-four)
Sunday, four:twenty five p.m. ET, at CenturyLink Discipline, Seattle – Television set: CBS
*Tv announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
*Keys to the recreation: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger experienced a bye 7 days to allow his sprained foot recover, and he’ll require each ounce of mobility he can muster. Seattle doesn’t like to blitz greatly, but the Seahawks should get to Huge Ben early and typically because of to mismatches downfield. Pittsburgh can overcome the move rush with dump-offs to RB De’Angelo Williams and TE Heath Miller, who need to be a factor with Seattle providing up but an additional landing to a limited finish final week.
The Seahawks’ maligned offensive line may well be coming off its ideal performance of the year, and undrafted rookie RB Thomas Rawls is displaying quickness to the gap and exceptional physicality. He will commence yet again in location of Marshawn Lynch (abdomen). Initial down is crucial for the Seahawks, who have struggled with penalties that put the offense in hard scenarios but can transfer the chains with some momentum if QB Russell Wilson isn’t scrambling for his existence from the snap.
*Matchup to view – Steelers WRs Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant vs. Seahawks cornerbacks: Cary Williams has been continuously burned above the top in his very first year in Seattle – a significant no-no in this scheme. That has led to Richard Sherman frequently mirroring the opponent’s very best receiver, but the Steelers deliver two massive-play threats to town.
Does Sherman guy up in opposition to the excellent route-managing of Bryant or the dimension and athleticism of Bryant … or continue to be on the left facet? Williams was benched for the duration of last week’s recreation, replaced by DeShawn Shead. Shead and Jeremy Lane, returning for the initial time considering that struggling a gruesome damaged arm in the Super Bowl, are very best suited in the nickel. Whoever lines up reverse Sherman will be a popular goal.
*Participant highlight – Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett: The rookie burst on to the scene with his return expertise, but has turn into a growing issue in the offensive recreation prepare as the year has progressed. That consists of 4 catches – two touchdowns – on 5 targets final week, and his velocity an elusiveness is nicely-catered to the big pictures Wilson seems for on busted plays.
*Quick specifics: The Steelers defeat the Seahawks 21-ten in Tremendous Bowl XL at Ford Area in Detroit. … Wilson is six- profession from AFC teams at residence with a 106.3 passer score, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.
WHO WILL Get AND WHY
The Steelers are ranked fifth in hurrying protection, but numbers have been skewed by dominating performances in opposition to inferior groups. Seattle seems to be attaining some cohesion on the offensive line, but it truly is yet again the Legion of Boom that falls prey to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and his big-perform weapons.
*Our pick: Steelers 27-23.