Pittsburgh (6-4) at Seattle (5-5)
When: Sunday, November 29th 2015
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: CBS
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking for a complete sweep of the NFC West when they visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. The Steelers have already beaten Arizona, St. Louis, and San Francisco and now set their sites on Seattle. Pittsburgh is coming off its bye week with a two-game winning streak and an offense that is clicking once again with Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers have scored 68 points in their last two wins over Oakland and Cleveland. Star wide receiver Antonio Brown has 27 catches for 423 yards and two scores in the past two games. Martavis Bryant is also in synch with Roethlisberger catching 6 for 178 yards and a touchdown in the 30-9 win over Cleveland. With starting running back Le’Veon Bell out for the season, backup DeAngelo Williams has filled in admirably running wild for 170 yards and two scores in a 38-35 win over Oakland two games ago. Though the Steelers are susceptible to the pass, they are very tough to run against and rank 6th in the league allowing only 93 yards a game on the ground. This will be Pittsburgh’s first road game since before Halloween. They’ll be home against the Colts next week before a big matchup in Cincinnati on December 13th. The Steelers are only two games behind the Bengals in the AFC North, but currently hold the top Wild Card spot in the conference.
The Seattle Seahawks will be looking for their first victory over a team with a winning record this season. At 5-5, the Seahawks are three games behind Arizona in the NFC West, but just a game back of the Wild Card. It has been a frustrating year for the defending NFC Champs as they’ve held the lead in the fourth quarter of every game this season, but don’t have much to show for it. Star running back Marshawn Lynch will miss a month after having surgery to repair a sports hernia, but his clone is filling in just fine. Thomas Rawls ran for 209 yards in Seattle’s win over San Francisco last week and now has three 100+ yard games in four starts. Quarterback Russell Wilson has had an up and down year despite throwing for over 200 yards and a touchdown in every game this season. He’s coming off his best game last week in which he went 24-for-29 for 260 yards and three touchdowns. He has just 385 yards rushing this season and no touchdowns, down from his 849 yard – 6 TD season last year. The defense still makes this team tough. They rank 2nd in the NFL in both total yards allowed and pass defense. They’ve also held three of their last four opponents to 13 points or fewer. Two of those games were against San Francisco however, and the other was against a Romo-less Cowboys team.
Seattle is just not as dominant as they have been and I know Big Ben won’t be scared to come into CenturyLink Field. The Steelers are rolling right now and their defense is underrated. I think Seattle struggles again. Take Pittsburgh and the points.
Pick: Steelers +3.5