Game Day Matchups

Neal Coolong breaks down the top matchups of today's Seahawks-Steelers game:

WR/KR Antonio Brown vs. Seahawks special teams

It was Week 2 last year – Brown's rookie season – when he took a reverse handoff from Mewelde Moore on the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. This season, with three returns for 103 yards already to his credit, he's looking to break another big play.

It helps greatly that his opponent in Week 2, Seattle, gave up two return touchdowns last week to Ted Ginn. In just four minutes, San Francisco blew a competitive game wide open with scores on a kickoff return and a punt return. It was the glaring flaw in Seattle's otherwise solid, if not mediocre, Week 1 performance.

RT Marcus Gilbert vs. DT Chris Clemons and SLB Aaron Curry

Gilbert makes his first start as a pro, replacing Willie Colon. It didn't take long into the week for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to announce Gilbert would be replacing Colon, and while he may not have had loads of time to prepare for it, he did get reps with the 1s all week.

Clemons is a solid player both against the run and rushing the passer. He had a respectable game against 49ers RT Anthony Davis, holding his point of attack as part of an underrated Seahawks run defense. He will likely test the rookie with a variety of stunts and overloads to see how he reacts. Curry, the former first-round pick, is quick to diagnose the play in run support, and will likely hang around closer to the line on short-yardage situations and when the Steelers are in double-tight end sets.

TEs Heath Miller and David Johnson vs. SS Kam Chancellor

Chancellor is a big safety (6-foot-3, 230 pounds), and plays the run aggressively. While he doesn't have the best cover skills, he's physical enough to take on blocks and force the play inside. He had eight tackles in an impressive run-stopping performance in Week 1.

He's likely to key on whichever tight end the Steelers have in motion, particularly in running situations. It wouldn't be a surprise for the Steelers to use their larger personnel packages and run play-action passes to their tight ends, hoping to exploit Chancellor's aggression in run support.

DE Aaron Smith vs. RT James Carpenter

Smith looked rusty in his first game back after a triceps injury ended his 2010 season. His technique wasn't the best, and Baltimore's Michael Oher exploited it. Even for a veteran like Smith, his slow start to the 2011 season is understandable. The good news is he'll square off against a rookie in Week 2.

Carpenter, the Seahawks' first-round pick in 2011, had to move to left guard in Week 1, replacing the injured Robert Gallery. Carpenter's debut was a poor one, as he was constantly beat up by a more experienced 49ers defensive line. Gallery will play in Week 2, so Carpenter will move back to his more natural right tackle position. But he'll have to face one of the best defensive lines in the game, and after giving up 170 yards on the ground, they'll have a large chip on their shoulders.

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