A somewhat underwhelming SNF matchup (Especially considering a couple of the other games in Week 6) as the Geno Smith led Seahawks head to Heinz Field to take on Big Ben and the Steelers. Which side will get themselves to .500 and which will find themselves in a 2-4 hole?
Seattle not only lost the game to the Rams on TNF, but they also lost their QB. Russell Wilson will be out for at least a few weeks with a finger injury, and in his place will step Geno Smith. The former New York Jets draft pick looked okay as he replaced Russ against the Rams, throwing a TD and an INT on 17 attempts. Coming into a game that is already lost is a little different to making your first start for a team on SNF at Heinz Field against the Steelers though. Seattle can’t really afford for their offense to be lacklustre for any period of time though, as their defense is on par with the Chiefs as the worst in football. They rank in the bottom 3 in both pass yards and rushing yards allowed per game, as well as ranking inside the bottom 10 in points allowed per game.
Pittsburgh picked up a much-needed win over the Denver Broncos last week in what was their best performance of the season to date. Najee Harris is taking to the NFL like a duck to water and he racked up his first 100 rushing yard game in the win over Denver, scoring his third TD of the season in the process. JuJu Smith-Schuster has been ruled out for the year as he requires shoulder surgery and that will place a larger burden on both Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, one I believe they’re more than capable of shouldering.
I’ve got the Steelers winning this one. I don’t think Seattle can do much without Russell Wilson and although Pittsburgh arent great they should have too much for a Seahawks side without their QB and RB.
For our best bet we’ve got a fun 14/1 accumulator all on the Steelers offense. We like both Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool to go over their 64.5 & 65.5 receiving yard totals, something they’ve both bested in their last three games. We also like Najee Harris to have himself a day, Seattle are the 31st ranked team in rushing yards allowed, and after Harris’ 122 yards on the ground last week, we expect him to hit the 78 needed here. We also like Najee to find himself in the endzone, Seattle has given up 5 rushing TDs in their last 4 games and Najee should have plenty of opportunities to add to that number. Finally, we again like Najee Harris to have over 19.5 rushing attempts. Last week against the Broncos was the first time he cleared 20 carries in the NFL, and in a game that I expect to play out similarly (Steelers in full control), I expect to see the Steelers lean on their rookie RB to carry the rock and see out the game.
Spread: Steelers -5.0
Total Match Points line: U/O 42.5
Game Prediction: Steelers 21-3 Seahawks
Best Bet: Diontae Johnson over 64.5 Receiving Yards, Chase Claypool over 65.5 Receiving Yards, Najee Harris over 77.5 Rushing Yards, over 19.5 Rushing Attempts and to score an anytime TD @ 14/1 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.25]