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David Dorey  

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WEEK 2
2011
ARI at WAS CLE at IND * JAC at NYJ SD at NE
BAL at TEN * DAL at SF * KC at DET SEA at PIT
* CHI at NO GB at CAR * OAK at BUF TB at MIN
*updated * CIN at DEN * HOU at MIA PHI at ATL * STL at NYG (mon)

Prediction: Prediction: SEA 0, PIT 27

Players to Watch: Rashard Mendenhall

Okay so this should be ugly. The Steelers were humbled in Baltimore where they looked like they had only spent about ten minutes preparing for the game. Seven turnovers. One touchdown scored. To a divisional rival they used to own. But the Seahawks were probably worse, losing in San Francisco to a 49ers team going through a complete overhaul and rebuilding. The Seahawks never travel that well and the Steelers have every reason to want to get back on track against a weaker opponent.

Seattle Seahawks
Homefield: Qwest Field
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @SF 17-33 10 BAL -
2 @PIT - 11 @STL -
3 ARI - 12 WAS -
4 ATL - 13 PHI -
5 @NYG - 14 STL -
6 Bye - 15 @CHI -
7 @CLE - 16 SF -
8 CIN - 17 @ARI -
9 @DAL -      
Seahawks Report | Statistics | Roster
SEATTLE at PIT Rush Catch Pass
QB Tarvaris Jackson 20 - 140
RB Justin Forsett 10 10 -
RB Marshawn Lynch 20 10 -
TE Zach Miller - 20 -
WR Doug Baldwin - 30 -
WR Mike Williams - 20 -
WR Ben Obamanu - 30 -
PK Steven Hauschka 0 FG 0 XP -
Pregame Notes: Seattle's plan to rely on a big time ground game is going to need to take a back seat to their newest plan - finding an offense at all. There was no rushing in San Francisco and while marginal success at passing happened, it went against a soft 49ers secondary. The Steelers, not counting last week, have always had a great pass defense. This should be painful and without any Seattle players worthy of a fantasy start.

QUARTERBACK: Looking at Tarvaris Jackson's numbers from last week make it seem he was okay. He passed for 197 yards and two scores. But he also fumbled twice, threw an interception, was sacked five times and threw the occasional horrible pass. There is no other decent quarterback on the roster so his job is safe but aside from a 55-yard touchdown to an undrafted rookie, there was almost no positives from last week against a weak 49ers team.

Don't bother with any Seahawks this week much less the quarterback.

RUNNING BACKS: The dominating rushing of the Seahawks caught fire last week and flashed for 38 yards on 17 carries between three running backs. Then there was smoke and eventually insurance adjusters showed up and proclaimed the rushing game totaled and beyond repair. In case you think the 49ers were tough, they were ranked 26th against running backs last year. The Steelers were #4 and are now at home and really, really pissed after last week.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin scored on a 55-yard catch last week and led all receivers with four receptions for 83 total yards which is only indicative of how bad it is here. You probably never heard Baldwin's name at any fantasy draft. Maybe you never heard his name ever. Sidney Rice remains out with a shoulder injury that has no apparent time table but if he is smart, he'll wince all week to stay out of this game. Do not start any Seattle Seahawk. You'll be given a breathalyzer if you do.

TIGHT ENDS: The newly acquired Zach Miller only had two catches for 12 yards last week. That makes Oakland look like a passing machine.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 21 32 10 27 22 32
Preventing Fantasy Points PIT 18 31 9 29 22 31


Pittsburgh Steelers
Homefield: Heinz Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @BAL 7-35 10 @CIN -
2 SEA - 11 Bye -
3 @IND - 12 @KC -
4 @HOU - 13 CIN -
5 TEN - 14 CLE -
6 JAC - 15 @SF -
7 @ARI - 16 STL -
8 NE - 17 @CLE -
9 BAL -      
Steelers Report | Statistics | Roster
PITTSBURGH vs SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Ben Roethlisberger - - 250,1
RB Rashard Mendenhall 110,1 10 -
TE Heath Miller - 30 -
WR Hines Ward - 50 -
WR Emmanuel Sanders - 50 -
WR Mike Wallace - 100,1 -
PK Shaun Suisham 2 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Steelers were crushed in Baltimore and by the third quarter they played like they just wanted to get it over. RT Willie Colon is likely gone for the season which hurts both pass protection and rushing. This is a perfect week to get some confidence back against an opponent who should put up little fight. Instead of just playing to beat them, the Steelers need to flex all their muscles this week and it could get really ugly for Seattle fans tuning in.

I love a defensive score in this game. Maybe two.

QUARTERBACK: Ben Roethlisberger looked like he just got back from his honeymoon 30 minutes before the game. And his new wife had robbed him of all his mojo. Big Ben passed for 280 yards and one score but lost two fumbles, three interceptions and was sacked four times. He was battered and chased and threw some really, really bad passes for a quarterback who recently played in the Super Bowl.

Seattle had one of the worst defenses in the league last year and one that was even worse on the road. Figure Big Ben as a decent start this week but he won't have to throw too much to win. That will limit his numbers.

RUNNING BACKS: Rashard Mendenhall was ineffective last week as usual in Baltimore but should bounce back nicely in this game. He scored in all but two home games last year and should end up with possibly his best rushing totals of the year. He is a must start this week and there is always the chance for a big game when Seattle arrives.

Mendenhall is a player to watch this week to see just how much the loss of Colon shows. This is a home game and against a soft defense. Mendenhall needs to re-exert his role in the offense and be productive. He only had 12 carries last week since the run was abandoned but Isaac Redman ran three times as well. Need to see more of Mendenhall and less of Redman.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Last week was hardly a good measuring stick on this unit but it was nice to see Mike Wallace post 107 yards on eight catches to easily lead the group. Hines Ward danced his way to 67 yards on five receptions and Emmanuel Sanders finally made it back to the playing field and scored the lone receiving touchdown on his two catches. Figure on roughly the same this week while the Steelers will throw because they can but not go too far because defense and the run will win this game. Wallace is always a must start but the others carry risk in this easier game.

TIGHT ENDS: Heath Miller had 42 yards last week which was about average. He only scored twice last year and is not worthy of a fantasy start.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PIT 22 27 11 22 32 31
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 6 5 2 12 32 32

WEEK 2
2011
ARI at WAS CLE at IND JAC at NYJ SD at NE
BAL at TEN DAL at SF KC at DET SEA at PIT
CHI at NO GB at CAR OAK at BUF TB at MIN
  CIN at DEN HOU at MIA PHI at ATL STL at NYG (mon)

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