After suffering an insulting defeat courtesy of the New England Patriots in Foxboro last Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers added injuries on top of another crushing loss, 28-26 at home to the Seattle Seahawks, to fall to 0-2 Sunday.
Ben Roethlisberger injured his right throwing elbow in the first half and didn’t return. James Conner suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter and never made it back onto the field.
Big Ben’s replacement, Mason Rudolph, performed yeoman's work in the second half but ultimately couldn’t overcome Donte Moncrief's drop that led to an interception and a trio of Russell Wilson scoring strikes.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson nearly reopened the door for Pittsburgh late in the fourth quarter with a red-zone fumble that Rudolph parlayed into his second TD toss to TE Vance McDonald, but Seattle effectively salted away a victory in the four-minute offense aided by a couple clutch Wilson scrambles.
Seattle improves to 2-0 with two narrow victories against the AFC North, while the Steelers for the first time since 2013 are 0-2, a record teams rally from to reach the playoffs approximately 15 percent of the time. Adding even more insult, ex-Steeler Antonio Brown had a wildly successful debut for the New England Patriots, who, one week after obliterating Pittsburgh, shut out the Miami Dolphins 43-0.