NFC Game Of The Week
Steelers (6-4) at Seahawks (5-5)
Steelers: It’s been a roller coaster year for the Steelers in 2015. They began the season without two key offensive players in Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger missed a few games after injuring his knee and Le’Veon Bell, their best offensive player went down in their game against the Bengals with a torn MCL. Despite all of that, the Steelers are 6-4 and in second place in the AFC North looking up to those Bengals who have dropped their last two games. The fact of the matter is, the Steelers need a healthy number seven under center for any chance to win the division and Antonio Brown needs to keep doing what he’s been doing to keep their hopes alive. This one won’t be easy on Sunday in Seattle as they face a Seahawks team looking to get back on track.
Seahawks: They’ve been flaky this year. This doesn’t look like the team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl the last two seasons. They’ve looked flat on offense which surprises people because they were expected to have that spark with Jimmy Graham and it simply hasn’t worked. The offensive line hasn’t been the same since Max Unger was traded and their defense isn’t as intimidating as we’ve known it to be. It’s almost as if teams don’t fear them anymore and it could have to do with Kam Chancellor missing those first two games and it’s catching up with them. I’m not ready to necessarily count them out. If they can get into the playoffs, don’t be surprised if they make a run once again. They’re one of those teams that can get hot at the right time.
Prediction: Both teams feel they can begin to click at the right time. When I saw this matchup on the schedule, the first thing that came to my mind was the battle of the two running backs who are such vital pieces to their offenses. Unfortunately, both will be out in this one but we have two of the best at their respected positions going at it. Richard Sherman and Antonio Brown will have my attention all game long. The Steelers need to use Brown all over the field because Sherman has a difficult time defending smaller receivers. It’s key for Seattle to pressure Ben early on. I like the Seahawks in this one. Seahawks 20 Steelers 17