The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) will look to rebound after a poor showing in Week 1 when they host the Seattle Seahawks (1-0) on Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on September 15th at Heinz Field and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Seahawks listed as 4.5-point road underdogs. That line has shifted by a full point after early betting, as Seattle is currently available at +3.5. The total for this matchup is 46 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 2 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Steelers vs Seahawks Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Seahawks certainly weren’t at their best in Week 1 but still managed to beat Cincinnati at home, sneaking by the Bengals 21-20 despite trailing 17-14 at halftime. While both offenses were shut out in the third quarter, Seattle scored a much-needed touchdown in the fourth quarter to escape with the win. QB Russell Wilson played well, going 14/20 for 195 yards and two touchdowns. RB Chris Carson also had a solid game, rushing for 46 yards and a touchdown while also catching six passes for 34 yards and another touchdown. WR D.K. Metcalf lead the way for the receiving corps, catching four passes for 89 yards. As a whole, the offense gained under 250 total yards of offense but still scored three touchdowns against a surprisingly tough Bengals defense.
The Seahawks defense held on when it mattered most in Week 1, holding Cincinnati to just a field goal in the second half. Seattle was exposed through the air, however, as QB Andy Dalton passed for over 400 yards and threw two touchdowns.
Pittsburgh did not look good against New England on Sunday Night Football in Week 1, losing 33-3 to a Patriots team that appeared not to miss a beat after winning the Super Bowl in February. The Steelers offense struggled badly without Antonio Brown, barely managing to gain 300 total yards of offense while also failing to find the end zone. QB Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t at his best, going just 27/47 for 276 yards and also throwing an interception. RB James Conner was held fully in check on the ground, rushing just ten times for 21 yards. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had a tough time in shadow coverage, gaining only 78 yards all game.
The Steelers defense really struggled against the Pats in Week 1, surrendering over 400 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Pittsburgh was especially poor defending against the pass, as Phillip Dorsett and Josh Gordon combined for 168 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: OVER 46
I think the current spread of 3.5-points looks pretty efficient, although I’m probably leaning slightly more towards the Steelers in this matchup after such a poor showing in Week 1. Seattle didn’t look great at home against Cincinnati, although that narrative has kind of been swept under the rug after they still managed to escape with the victory. I like the OVER in this spot for several reasons, although the biggest factor is probably my faith in Pittsburgh to rebound on offense. They simply have too much talent to put up a second straight poor performance, especially since they are back at Heinz Field where Roethlisberger almost always plays his best.
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The second reason why I am on the OVER in this game is due to game flow expectations. The Seahawks were able to establish the run in Week 1 because the Bengals offense didn’t make them push the pace at all. Lets face it, Seattle’s defense is a far cry from their “Legion of Boom” days, so their should be plenty of room for JuJu Smith-Schuster to get open down the field. It is important to remember that John Ross, a #2 wideout at best, torched the Seahawks secondary for 158 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. The Steelers also have a much stronger passing game than Cincinnati, which makes me believe that this game has a pretty good shot at breaking wide open. With the market overreacting to the Pittsburgh terrible outing against the Pats last weekend, (and also overvaluing the Seahawks defense after they got to face the Bengals in Week 1) this looks like a prime spot to bet the OVER.