Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – NFL, Week 6

By Dan Vasta in NFL
| October 14, 2021 11:35 am PDT

Sunday Night Football has been highly entertaining thus far in the season, and perhaps that is due to the crowd making an impact.

We have seen comebacks and games go down to the wire in all primetime spots. Football has been surreal this season, with a few teams making headlines and finding ways to come out victorious.

Both of these 2-3 teams are in desperate need of a victory. Whoever ends up going 2-4, their playoff hopes will be in deep jeopardy. The AFC is more talented than the NFC, but these teams play in the most challenging divisions in football.

Finding easy wins on the schedule will be a chore, and neither can afford to slip even further in the playoff picture.

It is still not yet Halloween, but time is ticking on the chances for these two to become factors. Here are your latest odds for this Sunday Night Football clash between the Seahawks and Steelers via SportsBetting.ag.

Seahawks vs. Steelers Odds

Seahawks (+4.5)-106
Steelers (-4.5)-114
Seahawks to Win+191
Steelers to Win-221
Over 42.5-110
Under 42.5-110

Seattle is a magical 8-2 against the spread as road underdogs. Yes, Russell Wilson is not playing, and that may change things up a bit.

The Seahawks have won seven of their past ten games on the road as underdogs. Pittsburgh has been on the exact opposite end of the spectrum. They have failed to cover in their past four home games as the favorite.

The Steelers are 0-2 at home this year. They have lost three straight going back to last season. Their home woes will eventually change for the better, but they have scored 44 points combined in their past three home games.

Here are your latest keys to victory for the Seahawks and Steelers.

Why the Seahawks Will Win

Russ is no longer in the kitchen cooking, and there is a new chef in town. Geno Smith looked the part coming off the bench and putting together competitive drives in the fourth quarter against the Rams.

Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf together as a tandem should make most average quarterbacks look like a star. There is a cause for concern with their lack of an offensive line or a rushing game, but the passing game could be a challenge for Pittsburgh to defend.

Pittsburgh is No. 19 defending the pass in the NFL, allowing 260.6 yards per game. The defensive backs are not collectively among the better units in the league. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a star, but the other defensive backs have had their issues thus far.

Smith showed the confidence and poise needed to dissect a solid defense in the Rams from Week 5.

The Seattle defense is respectable in the trenches, giving them a shot to wreak havoc on Big Ben. If the Seahawks can rough him up or at least force a few errant passes, that could decide the game.

Despite this one coming on the road on Sunday Night Football, Seattle isn’t going against one of the best squads in the league. Pittsburgh has concerns in the trenches, so don’t be stunned if the Seahawks find a way on the road.

Why the Steelers Will Win

Pittsburgh has suffered a few injuries that could be costly. Mike Tomlin has never had a losing season thus far in his tenure with the Steelers. Losing Juju Smith-Schuster for the season with a shoulder injury won’t be easy to overcome, but Ben Roethlisberger is capable of getting the job done.

Many doubters and haters think his career is over and that he is incapable of leading a team. He still has the pieces around him to dissect struggling defenses.

Diontae Johnson has turned into one of the better young wideouts in the league. The youngster has hauled in 25 receptions out of the 37 targets for 305 yards and three scores.

The third-year wideout out of Syracuse is quick out of his breaks and can take the top off the defense. The speed on the field for Pittsburgh isn’t among the best in the league. Najee Harris has seen plenty of targets underneath. Harris and Johnson are two studs that will carry this offense.

The offensive line and role players aren’t exceptional, but if Chase Claypool (hamstring) can get healthy, he has the size to cause fits for the Seattle secondary. The offense is far from elite, but Pittsburgh could feast against a Seattle defense that hasn’t slowed an offense down this season.

Going against Geno Smith could also provide the confidence boost that the Steeler curtain defense could use. T.J. Watt has been battling a groin injury this season, but he has helped his team just being out there.

The lack of a rushing attack that Seattle has shown will also increase the chances of the Steeler defense to harass Smith in the backfield.

SNF shouldn’t turn into a shootout, but Pittsburgh will put together a winning streak and stay in the hunt for a potential playoff spot with another victory at home.

Seahawks vs. Steelers Prediction

Pittsburgh isn’t going to start 2-4 with Roethlisberger slinging it to Harris and Johnson. The dynamic duo will be a factor in every game, and they aren’t going to fall apart in October. They are more likely to pick up a few wins to post a winning record.

They are hosting the Bears and Lions in a few weeks. They have to travel to Cleveland next week. There are opportunities to pick up a few wins here, and Tomlin is well aware. They have enough offensive pieces to stay relevant.

The defense has played well in the red zone, and they found a way to get the best of Teddy Bridgewater last week in their dramatic victory. Expect another close win to help keep their momentum rolling.

Seahawks vs. Steelers Pick

The trend is on Seattle to come out on the road and to cover. That is a little too rich for my blood. Take it safe and pick a team you feel confident about winning.

Pittsburgh will get it going here, and their pieces are talented enough to contend for a wild card spot. The loss of Wilson will end up costing Seattle in the fourth quarter. Take the Steelers to win this one outright.

Pick
  • Steelers to Win
    -221

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