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17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Seahawks lose game nobody really expected them to win anyway - There really isn't a lot to say after a game like this. In the first place, there typically isn't much to say about a 24-0 shutout anyway, since it wasn't a competitive game and didn't have any dramatic tension. This is doubly true for a game in which Seattle entered 14.5 point underdogs, the biggest point spread against them since, wait for it: 1992. Today was a milestone in that it was, if indirectly, the first time the 2011 team has been connected to the infamous 1992 squad. The first of many connections over the rest of the year, I'm sure. Blog | Game at a glance " - PLAYER OF THE GAME Ben Roethlisberger. Unlike his performance in the Steelers’ victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, Roethlisberger was the biggest reason his team won. Again. The player who goes by "Big Ben" came up big, time and again, while completing 22 of 30 passes for 298 yards. He threw for one TD – a 2-yarder to Mike Wallace – and did not throw an interception. That was good for a passer rating of 115.7. He was especially efficient – and effective – on third downs, hitting 9 of 13 for 171 yards. "The quarterback was tremendous making his plays," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He was able to make the plays throughout when they needed them." Honorable mention to Wallace, who caught eight passes for 126 yards; and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who was credited with a eight tackles but seemed to have twice that many.

The Steel Curtain Nightmare | The Matchups Zone - Las Vegas odds makers were wrong! Ha! Take that! Apparently the 14 1/2 point spread was a touch too conservative. That was one of the worst Seahawk games I’ve witnessed in a while, and considering the last few years, that is saying something. I’m not into the sky is falling talk, because I never really thought we could win a ton of games this year, but it’s hard to watch something as ugly as today without a sick feeling in your stomach. 

Seahawks Blog | Game in review: Steelers 24, Seahawks 0 | Seattle Times Newspaper - Players of the game Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 22 of his 30 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown. The most telling stat, though, was on third down: He was 9-for-13 passing for 171 yards and eight first downs. Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace caught eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Seahawks P Jon Ryan. Seriously, he was the most noteworthy Seahawk. Not only did he have to punt eight times, but he averaged 48.1 yards and placed three inside the 20.

Seahawks Blog | VIDEO: Coach Pete Carroll, Tarvaris Jackson talk about shutout loss | Seattle Times Newspaper

Seahawks vs. Steelers: 7 Things We Learned from Sunday's 24-0 Loss | Bleacher Report - The Seahawks continued their East Coast time zone woes with a 24-0 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers, moving to 0-2 on the year.  Seattle hung tough early with a goal line stand, but the game went downhill from there. They were down 17-0 at halftime, after being down 16-0 at half in week 1, but this time the second half saw no real turnaround.  The offense never found a rhythm, the defensed proved to have issues with the Steelers' balanced offense and Seattle looked over-matched for 60 minutes. Here are seven post game thoughts.

Wrap-up: Steelers 24, Seahawks 0 - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 2 matchup at Heinz Field: What it means: The Seahawks have yet to get their offense going after two games against teams with strong defenses. They take a 0-2 record into their home opener against Arizona. Since the NFL expanded to 12 playoff teams in 1990, only 22 of 177 teams starting 0-2 have qualified for postseason. That stat might mean less in the NFC West after the 2010 Seahawks became the first team with a losing record to win its division.

Carroll's thoughts on Sidney Rice's injury - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Thanks to AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley for passing along comments from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll regarding the reported torn labrum receiver Sidney Rice is dealing with:

Steelers respond but questions remain - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN -The Steelers were right when they warned people not to bury them after their season-opening flop. But no one should jump to the other extreme after watching Pittsburgh slam the Seattle Seahawks, 24-0, at Heinz Field on Sunday. It's hard to gauge how much the Steelers have improved when they're playing the Seahawks, a team that looks more ready to apply for membership in the Pac-12 than compete in the NFL.

Seahawks lifeless in 24-0 loss to Steelers - - Pete Carroll isn't sure the Seattle Seahawks have actually started the 2011 season yet. Better hurry. Pittsburgh drilled Seattle 24-0 on Sunday as the Seahawks managed just 164 yards in a listless, lifeless performance that left little doubt the defending NFC West champions remain very much a work in progress. "We'd didn't score a point, period, and that is just embarrassing," said Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. The Seahawks (0-2) weren't even close.

Carroll: "I’ve got to help more." | Seahawks Insider - Looking for someone to blame for Seattle laying a goose egg in a 24-0 humbling at Pittsburgh? Seattle head coach Pete Carroll says to point the finger at him. "I’ve got to help more," Carroll said about his team’s struggles on offense. "I’ve told the players in the locker room I’m not helping them enough. And I’ve got to do a better job of finding ways to make it more available for us to move the football, and to make our plays – like on third down today. We had a hard time today."

Steelers bounce back, blank Seahawks 24-0 - Seahawks News - - The Pittsburgh Steelers bounced back in a big way. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 298 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers rebounded from a horrific opening week loss with a 24-0 rout over Seattle on Sunday. Mike Wallace caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score and Rashard Mendenhall ran for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers (1-1), who limited the listless Seahawks (0-2) to 164 total yards.

Steelers 24, Seahawks 0: Postgame analysis | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - - Yuck. Think the Seahawks offense was bad last week against San Francisco? It was. But for those of you who had the misfortune of witnessing the Seahawks bang their heads against the wall for 60 minutes in Pittsburgh on Sunday, you know that this was much, much worse. The Steelers won, 24-0, in a game that was never close, the Seahawks never giving any indication that they could even approach being competitive.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: State of the Seahawks: The Pete Carroll Wake-Up Call - Today's 24-0 loss to the Steelers was painful, but it may have been the healthiest thing for Seahawks fans to see. It's kind of like the cocky 16-year-old with the new drivers' license, who totals his new car while speeding down farm roads and walks away, but is shaken to learn that he's not indestructible. No lasting harm, but his eyes are opened to the reality of life and how lucky he's been so far. That kind of healthy.

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: 0-2 Chart - Since Superbowl XL, Seattle has played in 88 games (including playoffs). They have played the Steelers twice in that time frame. Seattle has also been shut out only two times during those 88 games. Both shutouts came against the Steelers.

Thoughts on Landry Jones vs Florida State " Seahawks Draft Blog - Oklahoma and Florida State were ranked #1 and #5 coming into this weekend. My lasting impression afterwards was – why? This wasn’t a great game by any stretch of the imagination, despite the big billing. Florida State’s offense barely troubled all night and looked positively cupcake when the far-from-spectacular EJ Manuel was replaced by skinny freshman Clint Tricket. The Sooner’s never really capitalised, keeping FSU in the game thanks to a lack of killer instinct on offense themselves.

Jerry Brewer | It could be a sorry season ahead for Seahawks | Seattle Times Newspaper - Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who has never met a superlative he couldn't overuse, unplugged the hype machine. He didn't talk about being "pumped" or "jacked" for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. He knew better. He was mellow, for a change. "We need to keep taking these different situations on and see what we can make of it," Carroll said.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks still hoping Sidney Rice will be available Week 3 | Seattle Times Newspaper - "This would be a big week for us to test him," Carroll said after Sunday's game. "He was at about 80 percent last week. If you had watched practice, you would think he could play. But we didn't hit him, we didn't knock him around. We won't know until we get him more active with him in practice. We'll know more this week."

Steelers bounce back, blank Seahawks 24-0 - The Pittsburgh Steelers bounced back in a big way. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 298 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers rebounded from a horrific opening week loss with a 24-0 rout over Seattle on Sunday. Mike Wallace caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score and Rashard Mendenhall ran for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers (1-1), who limited the listless Seahawks (0-2) to 164 total yards.

Seahawks | Steelers dominate Seahawks in 24-0 win | Seattle Times Newspaper - For the second time in four years the Seahawks made a completely pointless trip to the play the Steelers. Seattle was shutout 24-0 in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the first time Seattle failed to score in a game since Oct. 7, 2007, which just so happened to be the last time the Seahawks played in Pittsburgh.

Final: Steelers 24, Hawks 0 | Seahawks Insider -Well, that's pretty much what we expected. The Seattle Seahawks were basically overmatched facing a motivated Pittsburgh team looking to erase last week's bad effort against Baltimore.