Seahawks and Steelers. Another Super Bowl XL rematch. Let’s do this.
Last week against the 49ers, the Seattle rookies stole the show. Thomas Rawls totaled more than 250 yards from scrimmage and Tyler Lockett caught four passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Lockett, just as he had done earlier in the season, took advantage of the Niners' secondary.
Despite featuring a young, powerful defensive line – Pittsburgh doesn’t field the strongest secondary. As Brian Nemhauser points out, the Pittsburgh defense is 28th in opponent completion percentage, 21st in YPA, 28th in pass yards, and 23rd in yards per play. You know what this means? Tyler. Lockett.
Look for Russell and Lockett to continue to develop their deep ball connection against the Steelers on Sunday.
The LOB has a tight end problem. What else even needs to be said? It might be the most single frustrating weakness of the Seahawks. Seattle knows Pittsburgh is going to target Heath – let’s see if they can contain him in this powerful Pittsburgh offense.
Everyone knows this Pittsburgh offense bolsters some powerful weapons in Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Miller, and others. No doubt, Seattle will have their hands full on Sunday. But Seattle also has a powerful defensive weapon. His name? Richard Sherman. Watch to see who Sherman trails on Sunday. I could see Kris Richards having Sherman trail Brown – but I could also see them having him trail Bryant.
Antonio Brown is a short and shifty receiver – the type of receivers Sherman struggles against. Martavis Bryant, a six foot five touchdown machine, is the type of receiver Sherman matches up well with. Either way, I’m sure it will be an entertaining battle with the Pittsburgh offense on Sunday.