How The Steelers Can Beat The Seahawks
I will cover the Seahawks later this week in my game preview, but I believe this team is not the same Super Bowl contender that we have seen in recent years. They are a beatable team with a marginal 5-5 record.
Here are the keys to beating Seattle:
Sack Russell Wilson
With a weakened offensive line, QB Russell Wilson has been sacked 35 times this year. The potential loss of Marshawn Lynch for the season leaves Seattle relying on a rookie RB to carry the load… and help pass protect.
The Steelers defense has 27 sacks this season: 2.7 per game versus Seattle’s average of giving up 3.5 per game. Should Pittsburgh get the quarterback at least 4 times, they should control the Seahawks offense.
Bonus stat: the Steelers have more sacks (27) than the Seahawks (25.) A Steelers offensive line with two fill-ins has only given up 23 sacks this season versus the 35 Seattle’s line has.
Legion of Boom
Seattle’s defense is still formidable, but beatable:
- In all of their losses this season, Seattle has given up at least 350 yards to opponents.
- All of Seattle’s wins are against low-ranking offenses which include the Bears, Lions, Cowboys, and two victories against the 49ers.
- Of those 5 games, backups Jimmy Clausen, Matt Cassel, and Blaine Gabbert started for their respective teams.
- Their losses? Nick Foles, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and Carson Palmer.
In 4 of their 5 losses, the Seahawks have given up over 100 yards rushing to their opponents. Williams has 2 100 yard games in 4 games relief of starter Le’Veon Bell.