Prediction No. 3 - A guess at who wins and why
So doing the math above where I have Kenneth Walker scoring two touchdowns and Geno Smith throwing for one, that would be 21 points. That is a very good output against the Steelers and more points than Seattle has scored in five of the last six games. I also think kicker Jason Myers adds a field goal to get the Seahawks to 24 points. But as we all know, Seattle likes to keep most games tight.
Five of Seattle's last seven games (and every game that did not have Seattle facing the San Francisco 49ers) have been decided by 6 points or fewer. Seattle is 3-2 in those games. Mason Rudolph appears to be set to start in Week 17 at quarterback for the Steelers, even though QB1 Kenny Pickett has practiced this week in a limited basis, and Rudolph probably gives Pittsburgh as good of chance, if not better, to win in Week 17.
Pickett this season has just 6 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions in 324 pass attempts. He doesn't turn the ball over, but he doesn't lead his team to many points either. Rudolph, meanwhile, was fantastic against a decent Cincinnati Bengals defense in Week 16 and went 17 of 27 for 290 yards and 2 touchdowns with no picks. Rudolph has also been in the Steelers system for six years so he knows how to run the offense in a loud environment like Lumen Field.
This will be another close game late and the Steelers will hold a lead for a lot of the second half, but Geno Smith will hit Jake Bobo for a touchdown with around 5 minutes left to give Seattle a 24-21 victory that they hold onto and move to 9-7.