Look at the schedule. The next closest game would be the Packers at the Panthers, but after seeing Cam Newton last week I don't think we can say it is more of a sure thing than Seattle losing in Pittsburgh.
Superbowl XL take two this is not. Seattle's offense was atrocious against a decent San Francisco defense. The Steeler's defense is much much better. With this game in Pittsburgh I find myself wondering how bad of a beating this will be.
The hope of having Robert Gallery back, Sidney Rice back, the O-line gelling and an improved passing game in week two is just that, hope.
Going through the numbers is simple but adding on top of that, Pittsburgh was embarrassed in Baltimore last weekend and you know they will want to put a hurting on someone.
Here are some match-ups and who I see having the advantage:
Jackson vs. Roethlisberger is a no-brainer. Roethlisberger.
Lynch vs. Mendenhall could be closer. The only issue will be the difference between O-lines, which goes right over to Mendenhall.
Seattle vs. Pittsburgh as far as the group goes is really a wash. Tie.
We just discussed this one. Pittsburgh.
I actually think that Seattle's D-line is pretty good. They still aren't up to speed, though, so I'll give the advantage to Pittsburgh.
I'm going to skip going into anymore detail because it would just be punishment.
To those of you reading this and saying, "that's what they said before the Saints playoff game," remember that we had a different team then. The team we have now does NOT have No. 8 leading the way.
Score: Pittsburgh 35, Seattle 17