National Football League
Preview
Seattle at Pittsburgh
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 15, 2019
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger engaged in a high-octane shootout the last time they shared the field, so there is no telling what may happen when the Seattle Seahawks visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Wilson passed for 345 yards and five touchdowns in the 39-30 home win during the 2015 season while Roethlisberger passed for 456 yards but just one score.

Roethlisberger and his teammates got off to a poor start in Week 1 as they were shellacked 33-3 by New England in their first game without departed receiver Antonio Brown. "I am only going to focus on the quarterback play, and the quarterback has to get better," Roethlisberger, who passed for 276 yards and one interception, told reporters. "We didn't execute well enough. I didn't make enough plays, enough throws and they outscored us. ... Half the teams lost their first game. Guys realize what Week 1 was, and now we are going into Week 2." Seattle posted a 21-20 victory over Cincinnati, but it wasn't pretty as the club was outgained 429-233. "We played from behind the whole day and those guys never stopped," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "They never stopped thinking we were going to win the football game, and that's so valuable to us."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Steelers -4. O/U: 46

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (1-0): Wilson was 14-of-20 for 196 yards and two scores in the opener while defensive end Quinton Jefferson, a Pittsburgh native, fueled the defense with a career-best two sacks. Star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney recorded two tackles and a sack during his team debut and is working on assimilating himself into the unit after recently being acquired from Houston. "He's been great attitude-wise," Carroll said at a press conference. "His mentality has been great. He's been upbeat, positive and he's been trying to stay out of the limelight. He's being very humble, that has been his approach. ... He's really happy about being here."

ABOUT THE STEELERS (0-1):
Pittsburgh never got untracked against the Patriots and running back James Conner was a non-factor with 21 yards on 10 carries. Wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster is the new primary target with Brown gone, and he had six receptions for 78 yards while newcomer Donte Moncrief was a big disappointment with three catches for seven yards while being targeted a team-high 10 times. Rookie linebacker Devin Bush stood out with 11 tackles in his debut, but the unit recorded only one sack -- from linebacker Bud Dupree -- and didn't force a turnover.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Seahawks hold a 9-8 regular-season edge, but the Steelers have won two of the last three meetings.

2. Pittsburgh LB T.J. Watt (hip) was injured in the season opener and is questionable for Week 2.

3. Seattle CB Tre Flowers had a fumble recovery and a career-best 10 tackles in Week 1.

PREDICTION: Seahawks 27, Steelers 26
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Seattle 1-1 L1 20.5 19.5 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 - - 0-1
Pittsburgh 2-0 W2 23.5 17.5 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 - - 1-0
Last Meeting
Seattle Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/29/15 PIT 30 SEA 39 436 100 336 538 58 480
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Seattle R. Wilson 70.0 345 5 0
Pittsburgh B. Roethlisberger 65.5 456 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Seattle T. Rawls 21 81 3.9 1
Pittsburgh D. Williams 8 29 3.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Seattle D. Baldwin 6 145 24.2 3
Pittsburgh M. Wheaton 9 201 22.3 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Seattle D. Baldwin 3
Pittsburgh M. Bryant 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Seattle P. Lynch 56.7 176 1 0
Pittsburgh J. Dobbs 57.9 180 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Seattle X. Turner 15 55 3.7 0
Pittsburgh J. Dobbs 3 49 16.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Seattle J. Ferguson 6 78 13.0 1
Pittsburgh J. Washington 8 162 20.2 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Seattle J. Ferguson 1
Pittsburgh Z. Gentry 1