NFL Picks Week 2: Why Seattle Seahawks Will Make It Interesting in Pittsburgh
It seems no one is giving the Seahawks any chance to win, but I say that you shouldn't overlook the 'Hawks and their ability to shock the world.
Here are three reasons why the Seahawks will make this game much closer than the experts believe.
Pittsburgh’s Defensive Struggles
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To start it off, I fully realize that Seattle’s offense is terrible. Trust me, I realize that too.
Pittsburgh’s defense was absolute horrid in their opening game against the Baltimore Ravens and had one of their worst performances in recent memory.
The Steelers allowed the Ravens to put up 35 points on the scoreboard and 385 total yards.
It was the ground game of the Ravens that killed the Steelers, as Baltimore rushed for 170 yards on the day.
Seattle will have to try and control the line of scrimmage and pound the ball against an inconsistent Steelers’ D-line.
Seattle’s Pass Defense
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The Seahawks weren’t completely horrible on defense against the 49ers in week one. In fact, their secondary had a more than decent outing. The Seahawks held the 49ers to only 125 yards through the air, making them the fourth most efficient pass defense in the NFL after a week of play.
With how good Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of Pittsburgh’s aerial attack, Seattle’s corners (Marcus Trufant and Brandon Browner/Walter Thurmond III) will need to shut down Hines Ward and the rest of Pittsburgh’s receivers.
Nobody Is Giving Seattle a Chance
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Want to know how little chance the experts at Vegas are giving the Seahawks? The Steelers are 14-point favorites, most of any game in week two.
Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to be the team on the outside looking in. In the playoffs last season, the Seahawks proved many doubters wrong, not only winning a playoff game with a regular season 7-9 record but by beating the defending champion New Orleans Saints.
I’m not saying the Seahawks are necessarily going to win, but I will not question Pete Carroll and Seattle’s ability to make some magic. I expect this game to be much closer than the experts think.