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Betting Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs Pittsburgh Steelers

The Seattle Seahawks had, by their standards, a disappointing season opener yet managed to come out with a victory. They fly to Pittsburgh for Week 2 to face a Steelers squad that was utterly humiliated and looks to right the ship. With both offenses struggling in Week 1, bettors may want to pay attention to a juicy opening total.

Seattle Seahawks vs Pittsburgh Steelers (Matchup Report)

Date/Time: September 15, 1 p.m. ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Opening Odds: Pittsburgh -3.5 | O/U 47 (Line History)

Opening Odds Analysis

The Steelers get the nod at home, especially with Seattle traveling across the country for this game. The spread hasn’t changed yet, but the total has already depressed to 46.5, as the opening 47 points garnered a lot of early action on the UNDER.

Seattle News & Notes

The good news is that Seattle has now won 15 straight September home games. The bad news is they did it very unconvincingly against a weak Cincinnati Bengals squad.

The Seahawks were physically outplayed in the game, as last year’s top-ranked rushing offense gained just 72 yards (and they garnered 233 yards overall), while the defense allowed a whopping 418 passing yards to Cincy’s Andy Dalton.

What saved the Seahawks was the usual heroics from star quarterback Russell Wilson, who had an efficient 196 yards and two touchdowns, plus timely miscues from the Bengals, including three turnovers, a failed fourth-down attempt and a missed field goal, resulting in a one-point victory.

It’s not getting easier for Seattle, which is 1-8 SU and 0-8-1 ATS in its last nine September road games. The Seahawks need to play a much better and cohesive game, or it could be a long Sunday.

Pittsburgh News & Notes

The football world was excited to see what the first game for Pittsburgh, without distractions from Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, would look like. A matchup against New England in Foxborough isn’t the fairest test, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin put it best: “We weren’t ready for prime time.”

The Steelers were eviscerated by New England 33-3, and there was really nothing positive to take away from the game. James Conner managed just 21 rushing yards, while JuJu Smith-Schuster had a quiet six catches for 78 yards. The Steelers also allowed New England to roll for 465 total yards, providing little defensive resistance.

To make things worse, Smith-Schuster also suffered a toe injury late in the loss, and his status for Week 2 is in question. They’ll need him if they wish to reverse their recent string of going 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.

Betting Pick

Both teams struggled offensively in Week 1, and a total of 47 is too good to pass up. I’m leaning UNDER 47.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle’s last 7 September road games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the last 5 games in this matchup (avg. combined score: 36.8).
  • The Steelers are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games when hosting a West Coast team.

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