It was a surprise to everyone that the Seahawks made the playoffs. They made it with a 7-9 losing record in which the media along with everyone else was criticizing over. Seahawks beat the Saints in a fashion that most may never forget. Some call that play Lynch made was the greatest run in the history of the NFL. Some goes as far to say the greatest run they ever saw. High praise for the football team, but not coming in with a lot of hype after winning in the playoffs along with the 2010 division crown. Seahawks made some questionable moves this offseason sending Matt Hasselback packing and signing T-Jax which everyone was kind of like what? They also added an injury prone Sidney Rice who wasn't able to go last week vs 49ers. I believe they lost last week to the 49ers. They will be looking for a win as the visit Pittsburgh.
Steelers didn't start off to hot last week either coming off an appearance at Super Bowl 45. They should be able to bounce back in get the victory if they live up to expectations. Last week, defense didn't get pressure on Flacco which is quite shocking to me. Ravens played a "great" football game. They deserve a lot of credit. The monkey is no longer on Flacco's back. The performance of the offensive line has to improve. Running game didn't look good at all last week and I learned that Willie Colon may be out for the season which stink because he was out all last season as well. It looks like Steelers will be calling up Flozell Adams to come back. I expect a Steelers win in week 2. Keys to victory for both teams:
1.Do what you do best and stop the run unlike last week. Don't allow them to control the game.
2.Offensive line needs to give Ben more time in the pocket along with allowing us to be able to get the ground game going.
3.Defense needs to get pressure on the quarterback to either sack or force bad throws that may turn into an interception. Force Jackson to make plays. Do that Steelers win!
1.Don't touchback and force Steelers special teams to play. Special teams is obviously one of the Steelers weakest links. Leon Washington should be able to create good field position for the Seahawks which is key.
2.Get the ground game going and control the tempo of the football game. Don't ask too much from Jackson.
3.Seahawks defense quite simply stunk last year. Neither passing or rush D in the top 20 last season. If they step up and don't allow Steelers offense to convert on 3rd downs.