After amassing a 22-2 record in their own building between 2012 and 2014, the Seattle Seahawks (5-5) have gone 3-2 at CenturyLink Field in 2015 and look to avoid a third home loss of the season when the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) come to town in Week 12.
The Steelers look for their third win in a row as they sit atop the AFC Wild Card standings and two games back of the Bengals in the NFC North. The Seahawks look to get over .500 and give themselves a chance to get back in the playoff picture.
Pittsburgh continues to play and win without Le’Veon Bell but will have Ben Roethlisberger back starting under center after he came in relief of an injured Landry Jones in a 30-9 win over Cleveland before last week’s bye. Roethlisberger threw for 379 yards and three scores while wearing a padded boot to protect a sprained left foot. He’s hopeful to play without the boot on Sunday.
Two of Roethlisberger’s touchdown passes last week went to Antonio Brown, who ranks No. 2 in the NFL in receiving yards (1,141), including 139 racked up against Cleveland. Brown has gone over a hundred yards in three of his last four games and six times overall this season.
As a team, Pittsburgh ranks No.6 in yards per game (384.9) but managed 459 yards of offense last week and 597 the week before. Seattle’s defense ranks No. 2 in the NFL in yards allowed (303.6) and No. 7 in points allowed (19.2) but has been susceptible to surrendering large offensive outbursts to opponents at times.
The injury bug has bitten the Seahawks as well with Marshawn Lynch sidelined. In his stead it’s Thomas Rawls, who rumbled for 209 yards on 30 attempts in last week’s 29-13 win over San Francisco. Rawls has now rushed for 604 yards on 101 carries and will be the lead man as Lynch recovers from abdominal surgery for a sports hernia.
He’ll go up against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 6 in rush yards allowed (93.0) and held the Browns to 15 yards on 14 carries two weeks ago but did let Oakland run for 139 in Week 9.
Russell Wilson will attempt to attack Pittsburgh’s No. 28 ranked pass defense (278.4 yards per game) after the Steelers allowed Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel to throw for 372 yards. Wilson was 24-of-29 for 260 yards and three touchdowns last week against the 49ers, ending his streak of three straight games without an interception. Pittsburgh’s scoring defense ranks No. 6 (19.1 points allowed) but Seattle has averaged 30.5 points over their last two games.
Start Time: 4:25 p.m.
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass