A revived Carson Palmer throwing to Larry Fitzgerald? A Phillip River-Antonio Gates combination that has flourished for many years at war with a young, inexperienced Steelers defense? Easy as 1-2-3.
However, despite all that fire power, Pittsburgh pulled through and miraculously achieved the upset of both teams.
This next match up against the Seattle Seahawks asks the same question that the previously stated teams presented: can the Steelers hold up against a good offensive team?
Don’t let the 4-5 record fool you. This is still a highly dangerous Seahawks squad that went to the Superbowl a mere 9 months ago.
You can bet all the money in your Roberto Clemente lunch box that Russell Wilson will take it upon himself to lead the Seahawks offense. With Marshawn Lynch likely out again, they’ll need to rely on their quarterback a lot more this time.
Seattle also holds another mammoth advantage compared to Arizona and San Diego in the form of a mobile quarterback in Wilson. While he can pass in the pocket well enough, its his legs that provide the most concern.
The Steelers defense has done well up to this point, living up to the bend but don’t break motto. They have also been successful in shutting down Colin Kaepernick, who uses his legs to get out of sticky situations.
Obviously Kaep isn’t playing at the level Wilson is, but that doesn’t take away the mobility threat.
Ryan Shazier is going to have to be on his toes to watch for any scrambles. He definitely has the speed to prevent damage, so expect that match up to happen.
Seattle’s newest running back, Thomas Rawls, gashed the San Francisco 49ers for 255 total yards and 2 touchdowns. He is proving that even with limited playing time, he is still explosive.
The Seahawks still have the 2nd ranked overall best defense in the league, which will be a bit of a problem. Being the best at their positions, that Richard Sherman covering Antonio Brown battle will be quite a sight to behold.
The Seattle Seahawks are in prime position to stage a turnaround of their season. Its up the the Pittsburgh Steelers to prevent that from happening.
Stats and info courtesy of NFL.com and Steelers.com