Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wrap-up: Steelers 24, Seahawks 0
By Mike Sando
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 2 matchup at Heinz Field:
What it means: The Seahawks have yet to get their offense going after two games against teams with strong defenses. They take a 0-2 record into their home opener against Arizona. Since the NFL expanded to 12 playoff teams in 1990, only 22 of 177 teams starting 0-2 have qualified for postseason. That stat might mean less in the NFC West after the 2010 Seahawks became the first team with a losing record to win its division.
What I liked: The Seahawks protected the football. Their run defense fared reasonably well through most of the game for a unit that was on the field far too long. Atari Bigby and Chris Clemons collected sacks.
What I didn't like: The Seattle offense was simply no match for the Steelers' veteran defense. That was no revelation for either team. Seattle failed to cross midfield on offense until the fourth quarter, an embarrassment no matter how strong the opposing team might be on defense. Before the game, news that Sidney Rice's shoulder injury could be serious made it tougher for Seattle to feel as optimistic about its immediate offensive future. The Seahawks' pass defense, untested against San Francisco in the opener, could not stop the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger from finding Mike Wallace for a 2-yard touchdown and a 53-yard reception. Wallace topped 100 yards receiving.
What's next: The Seahawks open the NFC West portion of their schedule with a home game against Arizona in Week 3.