Playing without Russell Wilson for the first time in a decade, Luton will be active and dress for the first time this season as Geno Smith's backup, while Dorsett will suit up for a second straight game to add speed and experience to Seattle's receiving corps.
Seattle's maligned defense will once again be tested by a talented running back in Najee Harris, while Pittsburgh's biggest concern may revolve around protecting Ben Roethlisberger with a new-look offensive line, headlining five enticing matchups to watch on Sunday Night Football at Heinz Field.
Seattle will also be without backup tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, who appears to have re-aggravated a biceps injury that landed him on injured reserve earlier in the season.
In the latest episode of "Seattle Overload," Matty F. Brown is joined by Steelers Depot contributor and Birmingham Lions head coach James Wilford to preview the Steelers' offense versus the Seahawks' defense ahead of their matchup on Sunday Night Football.
The Seahawks have two of the best receivers in football in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. However, do not forget about another Seattle receiver who is slowly making a name for himself in Dee Eskridge's absence.
Temporarily without Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have entered a crucial stage for the future of their franchise—not just the 2021 NFL season. The fact that backup quarterback Geno Smith offers hope and excitement shows the growing desire for genuine change in Seattle.
Through five games, Seattle's defense has once again been historically bad, allowing opponents to gash them each week through the air and on the ground. How has each positional group performed in the first quarter of the season?
Nearly four years after his last NFL start, Smith has a prime chance to play the role of savior for the Seahawks starting with Sunday's game against the Steelers. With plenty on the line replacing Russell Wilson in coming weeks, he's banking on improved patience and footwork to help keep his team afloat in the playoff race.
Like Seattle, Pittsburgh has opened the season slowly with a 2-3 record and already sits two games out of first place in the AFC North. But an impressive Week 5 win over Denver has the franchise believing better days lie ahead and a victory against Seattle would put them right back in the division and playoff races.
New Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron arrived with the expectation that Seattle's screens would improve on offense. However, it's been a struggle getting the screen game going. Why is this? And will things change with Geno Smith under center?
The Seahawks' defense has been an unmitigated disaster this season, but the pass rush has statistically been average or better on most fronts. That's thanks in large part to Darrell Taylor, who's quickly blossomed into one of Seattle's most dangerous defensive weapons off the edge.
Seattle already made one change in the starting lineup at cornerback, but hasn't necessarily received desired results so far, which could mean Brown will soon get his first chance at showing what he can do for a beleaguered secondary.
Once it became clear Shaquill Griffin wouldn't be coming back, Seattle tried to cut corners by sticking with status quo and signing cheap veterans as potential replacements at cornerback. Predictably, those moves have backfired for one of the NFL's worst defenses.
For the first time all season, the Seahawks are expected to have all three of their top tight end options active in Sunday night's game against the Steelers. Now, it's time for the unit to get back on track and deepen backup quarterback Geno Smith's arsenal of weapons.
Seeking additional quarterback depth with Russell Wilson out indefinitely, Bortles would provide experienced insurance behind Geno Smith.