- Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
- Date: Sunday, December 31, 2023
- Location: Lumen Field in Seattle, WA
- Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: FOX
The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the road for Week 17 of the 2023 NFL season when they travel to Washington to face the Seattle Seahawks on New Year’s Eve. Here is some background on the Steelers and Seahawks before we look at the early betting odds, picks, and predictions for their Week 17 matchup.
As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-6 and in third place in the AFC North. Pittsburgh is coming off back-to-back upset losses to the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots. The Steelers are 1-3 in their past four outings and have a 3-2 road record.
The Seattle Seahawks are in third place in the NFC West with a 6-7 record. Seattle is 4-2 at home in 2023. The team is on a four-game losing skid, and they are 1-5 in their last six. However, the team has had a rough schedule in the past three weeks, facing San Francisco twice and Dallas.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for the Week 17 matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, check out our best Super Bowl betting tips and the top betting sites for NFL football in 2023.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks betting picks
Pittsburgh Steelers betting breakdown
Losing when you are the betting favorite has to sting, but what happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13 and Week 14 is far worse than losing to a betting underdog. In those two games, the Steelers lost to two teams who entered those games with two wins apiece. That does not bode well for the Steelers as the 2023 playoffs approach.
Pittsburgh’s backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky played in those two losses after starter Kenny Pickett suffered an ankle injury and underwent surgery in early December. Pickett has been ruled out of Week 15, and there’s no news if he will return before the end of the season.
Trubisky did not play well in either of the games he started, which both came at home. If Trubisky is going to be under center for the rest of the year, he needs to improve in a big way.
Seattle Seahawks betting breakdown
The Seattle Seahawks suffered a blow last week when starting quarterback Geno Smith injured his groin and was ruled out of the team’s Week 14 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Drew Lock filled in for Smith. In his first start of the year, Lock went 22-39 for 269 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions, and four sacks in a losing effort. The start was Lock’s first since he was with Denver in 2021, and he should improve on those numbers and be more consistent if he gets more reps with the starters.
Seattle’s defense gave up 505 yards in the game against the 49ers. The previous week, the Seahawks surrendered 411 yards to the Cowboys. Seattle’s defense is in the bottom half of the league in passing and rushing yards. That’s something they need to shore up if they hope to finish the 2023 NFL season at .500 or better.
Best bets for NFL Week 17: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
While neither of these teams is playing well right now, the Seattle Seahawks are playing better than the Pittsburgh Steelers. Assuming both teams have their starting quarterbacks back by Week 17, the Seahawks look like the better team. That holds true if the backups play in this game as well. The betting picks is for the Seahawks to beat the Steelers on New Year’s Eve.
Best Bet for Week 17: Seattle Seahawks to beat Pittsburgh Steelers.
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