Let’s be clear, Geno Smith might not replicate his week 5 fourth quarter performance in the future but he was really good against the Rams. He threw an interception, yes, but it was not his fault. Otherwise, he looked to be in command of the offense (seemingly understanding the scheme as much as Russell Wilson has), was calm, threw accurately, scrambled when needed and threw the ball away instead of getting sacked when needed.
The Steelers have a good defense and Seattle will need to take what it can get on offense. If the defense allows a check-down pass for 5 yards instead of looking to throw deep for 30 yards which ends in an incompletion, Smith needs to take that. And I have a feeling, based on what we saw from Smith in week 5, that he will.
Smith isn’t Russell Wilson but he doesn’t need to be for Seattle to win. The Seahawks need Smith to extend drives and pick up first downs and try to keep the Seattle defense off the field. This team doesn’t have a good enough defense to beat anyone but with Russell Wilson out and the defense being what it is, Smith needs to help the defense by leading the offense on several drives that go longer than multiple three-and-outs.
Smith is capable of being a starter in the NFL. He proved this again by leading Seattle on four fourth quarter drives in week 5 and the first two ended in scores. The last drive ended with time running out. The third drive finished with a pick that wasn’t Smith’s fault. Smith can lead the Seahawks to victory versus the Steelers.