Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has made 149 straight starts in the NFL, but that amazing streak will come to an end this Sunday night when the Seahawks visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in a matchup of disappointing 2-3 clubs. Geno Smith will be under center for Seattle, which is a 4-point underdog for Week 6 on the NFL odds. Seattle had been -2.5 on the lookahead lines early last week so that tells you about how many points oddsmakers think Wilson is worth.
As we were shown repeatedly on the Thursday night telecast last week, Wilson's middle finger on his throwing hand clearly was dislocated/broken when he left in the second half. Smith took over and played quite well but the Seahawks lost 26-17 at home to the Rams.
Wilson had surgery on that finger over the weekend (to repair an extensor tendon rupture and a fracture-dislocation of the proximal interphalangeal joint) and will miss at least four weeks – his earliest next game would be Week 10 at Green Bay. Wilson's streak of 149 straight starts to begin a career is the second-longest in the NFL since the 1970 merger behind Peyton Manning's 208. Wilson had been so durable he never even missed a practice due to injury. The only two practices he ever missed were to attend funerals.
Smith will make his first start since 2017 while with the New York Giants. The veteran is 12-19 in his career also playing with the Jets and Chargers. Perhaps it's fitting Smith will start in Pittsburgh as he starred collegiately about 75 miles south at West Virginia. The only other QB on the roster as of this writing is Jake Luton on the practice squad. Cam Newton anyone?
Frankly, it may not matter how well Smith plays as Seattle probably isn't winning if it doesn't fix the defense. The Seahawks are allowing a whopping 450.8 yards per game, which would equate to 7,664 yards over a 17-game season. The current record for most yards allowed is 7,042 by the 2012 New Orleans Saints. That's an average of 440 yards per game over a 16-game season. Seattle also has allowed at least 450 yards in four straight games. That's tied for the longest such streak in NFL history.
Pittsburgh temporarily saved its season with a 27-19 victory Sunday over the visiting Denver Broncos. Rookie Najee Harris ran for a career-best 122 yards and a touchdown. He would have had more yardage but cramping issues sidelined him for a bit. Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster went to the hospital with a shoulder injury sustained in the second quarter and linebacker Devin Bush left in the third quarter with an unspecified leg injury. Those would be significant losses if they can't play vs. Seattle.
Wilson might not be the only starting QB who misses this week. Giants signal-caller Daniel Jones was very woozy after a big hit against the Cowboys on Sunday and didn't return with what is being called a concussion. Mike Glennon is the No. 2, and I find it funny he's still in the NFL. Running back Saquon Barkley and receiver Kenny Golladay also left the loss. The Giants opened as 10.5-point home underdogs for this Sunday vs. the Rams and that large spread tells you that oddsmakers clearly don't think Jones will play.
The bye weeks start up with the Falcons, Saints, 49ers and Jets off.
NFL Week 6 Opening Odds
- Thursday: Bucs at Eagles (+7, 53)
- Dolphins at Jaguars (+3, 45)
- Texans at Colts (-10, 42.5)
- Packers at Bears (+4.5, 45.5)
- Chiefs at Washington (+6, 54.5)
- Vikings at Panthers (pick'em, 47)
- Chargers at Ravens (-3.5, 50)
- Bengals at Lions (+3.5, 48)
- Rams at Giants (+10.5, 47)
- Cardinals at Browns (-2.5, 53)
- Raiders at Broncos (-3, 44.5)
- Cowboys at Patriots (+4, 48.5)
- Sunday night: Seahawks at Steelers (-4, 43)
- Monday: Bills at Titans (+3.5, 53.5)
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