Seattle looks to take down Pittsburgh without Russell Wilson
The Seahawks face a tough test without their star QB, Russell Wilson. Unfortunately, Wilson suffered an injury that will have him sidelined for a few weeks. This means that Geno Smith will yet again take the field for Seattle. Smith didn’t do too well in the Seahawks game against the Rams. Perhaps this game against the Steelers will be a better one for Smith.
Russell Wilson being sidelined is good news for the Steelers. They won’t have to worry about a player who’s been in MVP talks this season. They’ll still have to be on their A-game, though, as the Seahawks have a good offense. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf should both be on the field, giving the Steelers trouble. Out of these two NFL teams, who’s the best bet at the sportsbook?
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Seattle Seahawks keys to victory
Without Russell Wilson under center, this is going to be a challenging game for Seattle. Geno Smith can manage games, but winning them is a different story. Pete Carroll, the Seahawks head coach, will need to find ways to set Smith up for success. If that means running the ball early, then so be it. Hopefully, it’ll soften up the defense for Smith to make accurate throws.
The Steelers give up an average of 100 rushing yards per game. This should be good news for the Seahawks as they can pound the ball early. From there, they can lay out some easy throws for Geno Smith. The last thing they want to do is turn the ball over. It’s a conservative approach, but likely the best one. Plus, if they control the clock, Pittsburgh won’t be able to cover the spread.
Pittsburgh Steelers keys to victory
The Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to crawl their way back to the top of the NFL. They started the season with a huge win over Buffalo but have since fallen flat. After losing three straight games, the Steelers finally got a win over the Broncos. Now they’ll face the Seahawks, who are missing their biggest threat, Russell Wilson.
The Steelers only need to cover a 5-point spread per BetUS, which is rather small. When taking into account the players that the Seahawks are missing, this is a good bet. The question is, will the Steelers’ offense fall flat as they have in weeks before? We feel that Ben Roethlisberger has finally got his bearings back and is prepared for Sunday night.
Taking a look at the betting lines
As mentioned above, the Steelers come in as 5-point favorites per BetUS and Bovada. This is good because regardless of where you bet, the odds will stay the same. The MoneyLine has Seattle +195, which would be great if Wilson was playing. Considering he’s out of this one, it’s not a good bet to take the MoneyLine here.
You also have to take into account that the Steelers are at home. We’re in the middle of October, so it’s getting quite cold. This is a lot of pressure for Geno Smith, especially with the Cardinals running the division. Pressure always works in the home team’s favor, even if the Steelers are 0-2 at home so far.
Our NFL pick for Seattle vs. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh -5
It’s more points than we’d typically like to give up for a sports bet, but the Steelers are the better pick. They’ve got a seasoned quarterback who’s beginning to grasp his offense. Plus, they had an incredible game against the Broncos’ defense. If they follow the same steps against the Seahawks, they’ll be in great shape. Take the home team in this one Pittsburgh -5.