Seattle Seahawks Odds
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are trying to break a string of two decades without a win in the Steel City, but it might have more to do with the team’s defense this week. The Seattle secondary struggled to stop the Bengals’ speedy John Ross III, the former University of Washington standout who had seven catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns in his return to Seattle. Perhaps most galling for head coach Pete Carroll was a 55-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to Ross with seven seconds remaining in the first half that gave the Bengals a 17-14 halftime lead. The power-running game with Chris Carson didn’t get much traction last week, but the Seahawks will attempt to establish him early and often.
Pittsburgh Steelers Odds
The Seattle Seahawks allowed Dalton to throw for a career-high 418 yards on 35-of-51 passing in the season opener but came out with a 21-20 victory. Is that something the Pittsburgh Steelers could exploit when they play host to the Seahawks on Sunday? It depends. Pittsburgh brought zero threat of a running game to New England last week. Ben Roethlisberger was 27 of 47 for 276 yards and an interception in the Steelers’ opener, a shocking 33-3 defeat at New England. Wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who was expected to help fill the void with the departure of longtime Roethlisberger favorite Antonio Brown, had three catches for seven yards and dropped four passes while being targeted 10 times, more than any other Steelers receiver. By comparison, JuJu Smith-Schuster had a team-high six catches for 78 yards on eight targets.