Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks Matchup Preview 9/15/19: TV Schedule + Injury Report + Analysis
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The (0-1) Steelers will be traveling across the country to take on (1-0) Seahawks. The Steelers did not look good at all in their first game against the Patriots, failing to score a single touchdown and only recording one field goal. The New England Patriots had their way with the Steelers’ defense, scoring on seven of their ten drives. The Seahawks survived the Cincinnati Bengals, coming up with what proved to be a big stop in the 4th quarter in the Red Zone. The NFC West is looking to be a tough division this year with wins from the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. This would be a big win for the Seahawks as they move into a tougher matchup the following week. For odds movement and full matchup details on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks Matchup.
Date: Sunday, September 15th, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh PA
Pittsburgh Steelers: RB James Conner (Q) – Illness, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Q) – Toe
Seattle Seahawks: WR Tyler Lockett (Q) – Back, WR David Moore (O) – Shoulder
Pittsburgh Steelers Analysis
All around, the Steelers looked awful. Their offense put up a grand total of 3 points and their defense gave up 33 points to the Patriots. The Patriots do have a powerful offense, but it is extremely difficult to overcome 33, especially for the Steelers offense who has experienced the loss of star WR Antonio Brown (probably a good thing for them but I won’t go into it). Continuing with the offense, they did not look in sync. There were tons of drive-killing penalties, including my personal favorite, “False start. Offense. On everyone except the center.” If you don’t know what that means, it is where the center doesn’t snap the ball but everyone else starts the play.
Moving into Week 2, there are positives to look at. The Seahawks gave up 418 yards through the air to Andy Dalton. The Steelers have many threats in the passing game with James Conner out of the backfield along with JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Vance McDonald, and the latest offseason addition, Donte Moncrief. Big Ben has the tools to throw together a victory and desperately needs to perform if the Steelers want to have a chance of passing the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional run. Defensively, they just need to worry about shutting down the run. The Seahawks are a run-heavy offense, and if they can’t get it going, their offense gets shot down. The d-line and linebackers need to work extra hard this week if they want to pull off a win.
Pittsburgh Steelers Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
The Seahawks did win their first matchup of the season against the Bengals but only managed to muster up 267 total yards of offense against a very sub-par defense. The Seahawks have claimed to be a run-heavy offense, and they appear to be sticking to that as run plays added up to be 56% of their play calls. The one downside is that they were only able to run for 72 yards. One standout of the game was Chris Carson who had both a rushing and receiving touchdown along with 80 yards of total offense. The rookie, D.K. Metcalf, showed his potential with 89 yards on 4 catches.
It will take big performances like Carson’s and Metcalf’s to give the Seahawk fans what they came for. The Seahawks have yet to have losing record with Russel Wilson at QB. A 2-0 start would be a great step in the right direction to continue that trend. Like for the Steelers on the other side of the ball, the defense will have to show up big. The Patriots defense did it right and we saw the results of that. If the Seahawks can emulate that, I could see them blowing out the Steelers just as the Patriots did.
Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Veteran vs Rookie
For the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger will be the major breakout star. The Seahawks defense previously gave up 400+ yards passing. It will be on Roethlisberger to lead this offense if the Steelers want any success, and he has plenty of talented options to throw to. The player to look out for on the Seahawks should be D.K. Metcalf. Philip Dorsett was the star for the Patriots in their win over the Steelers with 95 yards and two touchdowns. Metcalf will play a similar role in the offense, being the deep threat with his speed. This is a boom or bust kind of pick having to rely on deep throws, but the Steelers showed in Week 1 that there are some holes in the back of the secondary. Expect Wilson and Metcalf to exploit those holes.