Local and national media project the winner of Sunday's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jeremy Fowler, ESPN.com: Steelers 21, Seahawks 17
Fowler: In the 30-point loss to the Patriots, Pittsburgh was successful on 25% of its third downs and picked up one of three fourth downs. And the Steelers failed to convert on three third-and-1 situations. They will be trying to remedy their previous shortcomings against a tough Seattle front that now includes Jadeveon Clowney.
Brady Henderson, ESPN.com: Seahawks 24, Steelers 23
Henderson: The Seahawks' secondary will have a new look and much better results compared to the opener, when Seattle allowed Andy Dalton to throw for a career-high 418 yards.
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
Rosenthal: I'm willing to give the Steelers a mulligan. They were out-coached in Foxborough after the Patriots' sixth banner unfurled, undone by mental mistakes and one of Ben Roethlisberger's shakiest games. That shouldn't continue. Pittsburgh's roster is well constructed, and I'm in too deep to give up on their championship hopes after one game. If the malaise lasts two games, emotional decisions are likely to follow.
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Steelers 30, Seahawks 20
Prisco: The Steelers looked awful in losing to the Patriots, but this is their home opener and you can bet they will be focused after losing the way they did.
Michael David-Smith, ProFootballTalk.com: Steelers 20, Seahawks 17
MDS: The schedule makers didn't do the Steelers any favors, giving them a tough road game against the Patriots and then the Seahawks in their home opener. An 0-2 start would be an awfully rough hole to dig out of, and I think the Steelers, with their backs against the wall, will do just enough to win.
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 19, Steelers 16
Florio: The Steelers need to get back to Steelers football, and that means running the ball and playing tough defense. They did neither against the Patriots, and it gets no easier with the Seahawks coming to town. Especially since the Seahawks run the ball and play tough defense.
Todd Haislop, Sporting News: Steelers 28, Seahawks 27
Haislop: This one is a toss-up. As evidenced by the results, the Seahawks' struggles against the Bengals last week were not as pronounced as the Steelers' thud against the Patriots. Seattle, though, does not have the pass defense New England has, which is why Cincinnati was able to record 18 first downs through the air. The Seahawks were able to escape one game against an AFC North opponent at home thanks to some turnovers. On a long road trip with an early kickoff against a hungry Steelers team, they'll fall just short.
The Seahawks and the Steelers will meet this Sunday in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in Week 6 of the 2021 season. Take a look back at photos from the past games between the two teams.