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A win over Steelers would go a long way towards Seattle’s postseason hopes

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Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The last time the Seattle Seahawks were facing a potential 2-0 start was in 2016, when following a 12-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, they dropped a game on the road to the LA Rams by a score of 9-3. That gave the Seahawks just 21 points over their first two games and planted doubt that Seattle was nearly as competitive as a couple of years earlier.

They face a similar situation this Sunday.

After barely beating a Cincinnati Bengals team that is expected to be quite bad, Pete Carroll has his team traveling to face the Pittsburgh Steelers at a time when like those Rams (they went 4-12 in 2016) they might not be in the best shape. The Steelers lost Week 1 by a score of 33-3 to the New England Patriots and Ben Roethlisberger looked five years older than Tom Brady instead of five years younger.

And still, this is a game in Pittsburgh at 10 AM pacific and the Seahawks just struggled to stop Andy Dalton and John Ross. Was Seattle’s secondary a problem or does Zac Taylor have something unlocked for his offense? Is the Steelers offense one of the worst in the league or was it a bad day against the greatest coach of all-time?

Well now is the only opportunity that Carroll has to get his team off to a perfect 2-0 start and we’ve seen that pay off in the past. What we haven’t seen a lot of in the past is the team start 2-0 at all.

Seasons the Seahawks started 2-0:

1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2013.

Seattle made the playoffs in 2003, 2004, and 2006, while winning the Super Bowl in 2013. That comes after making the playoffs in just two of their previous six instances of a 2-0 start, but might as well just call it a hot streak now and let it ride. Per ESPN, almost 69% of teams to start 2-0 since the merger have made the playoffs. Since the 12-team playoff was adopted in 1990, the number shoots up to 72.6%.

The other thing that 2-0 would do for the Seahawks right now is keep them in first place. The Rams and San Francisco 49ers are 1-0, the Arizona Cardinals are 0-0-1. LA hosts the New Orleans Saints, so it’s entirely possible that they take an L this weekend. The 49ers travel to face the Bengals, which could potentially go either way. The Cardinals go to Baltimore to take on the Ravens, another likely L.

It would also give Seattle a 1-0 start on the road, another potentially good sign of postseason to come.