IASW Week 12 Preview..Steelers @ Seahawks


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The last time I traveled to Seattle to watch the Steelers take on the Seahawks, it was in the the same month of November 2003..and the home team came away with a victory. But not this time.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are headed into the 12th man open dome with something that the Seattle Seahawks don’t have..Resiliency. The toughness to have an above .500 record even with the injuries they have accumulated over the past 11 weeks.

Let me put it in perspective for all those who do not understand. The Steelers are 6-4, that record comes from the absence of Martavis Bryant(4 games), Le’Veon Bell(2 games/rest of season) and Ben Roethlisberger(in & out..in again). The Seahawks are 5-5 with basically their entire starting roster.

Check this, the only reason that Marshawn Lynch sat out against the San Francisco 49ers is because he has to build up the gumption to face a much improved Steelers defense. A defense that inadvertently exposed the Cincinnati Bengals, which is why they have obtained a two game losing streak since playing Pittsburgh. Lynch will be held to under 100 yards. 73 is my prediction.

Which leaves the Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson. A qb I have the greatest respect for, but a qb that the Steelers can emulate in practice. Enter one, Mike Vick.

What better way to get a defense prepared for an outside the pocket, scrambling quarterback than Vick? Wilson is somewhat the “Spitting Image” of a Vick, which will bode well for the Steelers defense at practice. But who do the Seahawks have to emulate Ben Roethlisberger? No one.

There is no other quarterback in the National Football League harder to emulate than Roethlisberger. A quarterback that is bigger than all linebackers, takes all hits without complaining (like Brady)..and keeps on ticking. By far the toughest qb in the league.

Then you have a backup running back in DeAngelo Williams, and a receiving corps in Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton that no defense has been able to stop..when all 4 are on the field. Not even Richard Sherman and the mediocre Seattle defense can amount to what’s about to happen in week 12.

“Is it Sunday yet”? Because with the back-to-back loses by the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers are primed for the AFC North Division Title..and beyond. #HereWeGo