The Seattle Seahawks have hopes for Sunday’s week 6 game because the Pittsburgh Steelers have also struggled this season.
1. The Steelers are bad on offense
Pittsburgh has averaged 18.8 points a game this season, which is ranked 27th in the league among 32 teams. They are also 27th in yards per game (they average 319.6 yards per game) and they just lost WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to a shoulder injury for two months. Which gives the Seahawks defense that has been terrible all season, a reprieve, and a chance to get better this week.
QB Ben Roethlisberger has not looked like the Hall of Fame QB he has been for the Steelers throughout his career. He ranks 26th in the NFL in QBR, with 1,286 passing yards, 6 TD, and 4 INTs this season.
Seahawks hopes for week 6 versus the Steelers
2. The Steelers are not good in the turnover margin
This season Pittsburgh has a negative turnover margin (-2) which means they are not taking good care of the ball or forcing turnovers this season. The Seahawks are +2 in turnover margin and have been successful when they win the turnover margin over the past two seasons, losing just once when winning the turnover margin. Expect the Seahawks to play aggressively this week trying to force turnovers, as they will need to create short fields for new QB Geno Smith.
3. The Steelers have also struggled lately
Although they defeated the Broncos in week 5, the Steelers have dropped three of their last four games. They have a point differential of -25 in that span, and there has been sharp criticism of QB Ben Roethlisberger’s on-field performance.
Even though the Steelers are 5-point favorites on Sunday, the pressure is clearly on Pittsburgh to win this game against a Seahawks team that has struggled on defense and lost their star QB to injury. Pete Carroll has also been incredibly successful in his career at preparing his team for prime-time games, and Sunday is a perfect opportunity to shock the Steelers.