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Nick Patterson | npatterson@heraldnet.com
Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 10:43 a.m.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin high on the Seahawks. Vegas? Not so much.

In a conference call with Seattle-area media, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin seemingly couldn't say enough good things about the Seahawks. And while it's nothing new for a coach to say nice things about an opponent, Tomlin takes it to a Lou Holtz level.

When asked what he sees in the Seahawks, Tomlin went on to name 13 players, including eight starters from an offense that struggled mightily last weekend.

"We respect these guys," he said, "We know that they're capable of doing damage to us."

Of course Tomlin knows after his team's opening performance, a 35-7 loss to AFC North rival Baltimore, his team probably isn't in a position to overlook anyone. So if his players want to use that loss as motivation heading into this game, Tomlin is just fine with that.

"We'll take all the edges we can get if you saw Sunday's tape," he said.

But while Tomlin may be high on the Seahawks, Las Vegas odds makers certainly are not. Depending on which casino you look at, Seattle is either a 14 or 14.5-point underdog, a huge number for an NFL game (normally anything more than a touchdown is a big line). But even if that seems a bit high, it's understandable why the line would go so high. After all, every one of the Seahawks nine regular-season losses last year was by 15 points or more.


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