The Seahawks know they have to improve on their pass coverage after allowing 418 yards from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in a Week 1 win. Problem is, those improvements will have to come in a road game against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The Steelers are coming off of a 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots that saw Roethlisberger throw for 276 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. They’re not likely to have another flukish performance in Week 2. Pittsburgh was fourth overall in total offense in 2018 (averaging 403 yards per game) and Roethlisberger led all passers in attempts (42) and yards per game (320.6). Pro Bowl wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster finished fifth league-wide in receiving yards (1,426).
Roethlisberger himself poses a unique challenge to the Seahawks’ defense.
“Definitely extending plays is the thing that sticks out, and he’s really hard to get down,” Linebacker Bobby Wagner said when asked about the Steelers’ veteran quarterback. “I think a lot of it is they don’t really give up too many sacks. That’s because their o-line is so good. And the other part is because he’s really big. I don’t know how tall he is but, probably six seven or something, I don’t know. It’s really hard to get him down so we have to make sure we don’t allow him to just sit back there and find the open receivers. We have to do a good job of pressuring him, do a good job of bringing him down.”
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