Week 1 is in the books and it’s time to look ahead as the Steelers lick their wounds from opening day and look to get well against the Seahawks. An eight game winning run was broken and Pittsburgh will be out for redemption.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks (0-1) are set to invade Heinz Field in Pittsburgh but after their inability to contain kick/punt returner Ted Ginn Jr., perhaps invade is the wrong word, more like a polite knock on

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the door.  The Seahawks had closed to within 2 points of the 49’ers before Ginn singlehandedly dismantled any chance Seattle had of winning their road opener with a 102 yard kick returned for a touchdown and less than 2 minutes later returned a 56 yard punt into the endzone.  Needless to say, Seattle’s special teams were hardly special on Sunday.  The Seahawks now have the dubious distinction of being the first team in history to allow two kicks returned for touchdowns in the final 5 minutes of a game as they fell 33-17 to the Niners

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) saw their 8 game winning streak in season openers halted in humiliating fashion as the Baltimore Ravens battered their divisional rivals. They forced a team record 7 turnovers and ran right up the gut of the vaunted Steelers defense, accounting for 88 yards up the middle when last year’s edition never allowed more than 47 yards (up the middle) all season.  Big Ben was menaced from start to finish and tossed 3 INT’s while the rest of the offense, with the notable exception of wide receiver Mike Wallace (8 catches, 107 yards, 0 TD’s), could not gain any traction against the punishing Ravens defense.  It was a stark reality check for last year’s Super Bowl participants who ultimately bowed 35-7 to Baltimore.

Game time

Both teams will be looking for redemption on Sunday but Pittsburgh has the luxury of playing in front of the home crowd while Seattle must trek across country to play their second roadie in a row.  The Black and Gold will be looking to prove that there’s a world of difference between a bad day and a bad team.  Seattle, on the other hand, will have the world’s oldest cheerleader head coach Pete Carroll trying to convince them that last year’s NFC West champs are better than they were last year when they entered the playoffs with a losing record (7-9).  But how will this one play out now that both teams suffered season opening losses?

Tavaris Jackson is the guy in Seattle pulling the trigger but is he really the answer?  Seattle has 6 year veteran and Clemson product Charlie Whitehurst as the backup but what this team needs more than anything is a stout offensive line to protect whoever is calling signals under center.  If the 49’ers were able to sack Jackson 5 times last week, what will the Steelers defense be able to do?  Though Jackson did about as much as could be expected of anyone in the pocket behind that thin Seattle line by throwing 2 TD’s and tossing for almost 200 yards with one interception, it appears he will be in for another very rough day in Pittsburgh.  No team is ever as bad as they look on their worst day or as good as they look on their best.  Pittsburgh is a much better team than they demonstrated on Sunday and last year’s Super Bowl runner-up will be looking to create havoc and walk away in a laugher that should leave Pete Carroll’s club the looking at 0-2 when the final whistle blows. 

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