Teams looking to stay in their respective division races meet when the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers clash in a key Sunday Night Football matchup at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Both teams have struggled through the first five weeks of the season. The Seahawks (2-3) are tied for third in the NFC West with San Francisco, but are 2-1 on the road this season. The Steelers (2-3), fourth in the AFC North, are just 1-2 on their home field and snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Denver last Sunday.
Kickoff from Pittsburgh is slated to start at 8:20 p.m. ET. The Steelers have kept teams from piling up the points this season and are 10th in the league, allowing 22.4 points per game. The Seahawks are allowing 25.2 points per game, 22nd-best in the NFL. Pittsburgh is a five-point favorite in the latest Seahawks vs. Steelers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 43. Before making your Steelers vs. Seahawks picks, you need to see what SportsLine's proven computer model has to say.
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Now, the model has simulated Seahawks vs. Steelers 10,000 times and just revealed its NFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's SNF picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Seahawks vs. Steelers:
- Steelers vs. Seahawks spread: Steelers -5
- Steelers vs. Seahawks over-under: 43 points
- Steelers vs. Seahawks money line: Seattle +190, Pittsburgh -230
- SEA: The Seahawks are 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 games as road underdogs
- PIT: The Steelers are 54-26-2 ATS in their last 82 games in October
Why Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers can cover
Pittsburgh's defense remains a force and is allowing just 361 yards per game, 16th-best in the league. Veteran linebacker T.J. Watt, who has been slowed by injury, is still a menace and leads the team with five sacks and four tackles for loss. He has forced two fumbles and has recovered another. Watt had a sack and a forced fumble in the last meeting with the Seahawks, and has eight sacks and three forced fumbles in his past six home games. Since 2017, he is just one of three players with 50 or more sacks (54.5) and 15 or more forced fumbles (19).
Also helping power the defense is linebacker Devin Bush, who is looking for his third game in a row with a sack. Bush has registered 19 tackles on the season, including 12 solo, with two sacks for 18 yards and two tackles for loss. In the season-opening 23-16 win at Buffalo, Bush registered 10 tackles, including six solo, with a forced fumble.
Why Geno Smith the Seahawks can cover
Despite making his first start in several years, veteran quarterback Geno Smith is no stranger to success. After taking over for Wilson last week, Smith completed 10-of-17 passes (58.8 percent) for 131 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He had a 78.3 rating and also rushed for 23 yards. He is making his first start since Dec. 3, 2017, as a member of the New York Giants. For his career, Smith has completed 537-of-928 passes (57.9 percent) for 6,346 yards and 30 touchdowns with 37 interceptions.
Wide receiver DK Metcalf will look to help out his new quarterback. In last week's loss to the Rams, Metcalf had five catches for a team-high 98 yards and two receiving touchdowns. It was his fourth career two-TD game. In the last meeting against the Steelers, he had 61 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.
How to make Seahawks vs. Steelers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under the total, projecting the teams to combine for 41 points. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the model's Steelers vs. Seahawks pick at SportsLine.
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