Green Bay Packers: Three Key Matchups and Prediction vs. Pittsburgh


The Steelers are rounding into form, while Green Bay could be looking at another year of the Aaron Rodgers era pass without another Superbowl, writes Mark Kirwan.

That said, the Pittsburgh passing game could be affected by the absence of rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring). Their offence is clicking into gear, their defence has been good all season, and the Packers are struggling to run or pass.

There's not a whole lot to break down in terms of the matchup here - Pittsburgh can either do whatever it wants, or it can play down to the competition and let the Packers hang around.

A rejuvenated Steelers' defense continues to be an unsung factor in the team's success as of late. Pittsburgh has won 5 straight games, and are tied with the Patriots for the top record in all of the AFC. That's too big picture for them to think about it at the moment as two-touchdown underdogs on the road.

If the Packers can at least keep the Steelers honest in this game they should move forward on 5-6 with some hope of making the postseason still intact. 4-6 previous year, we obviously overcame a lot to win eight in a row.

The Green Bay Packers come into this game with a laundry list of injuries, with six players listed as questionable for Sunday. Their defense will need to force Ben Roethlisberger to make mistakes, which will be hard as they have only created only six turnovers on the road this season.

Rodgers went down in Week 6, and the Packers' season has gone down with him.

They have averaged 12.5 points per game since Week 6, which would make them the lowest scoring offense in the National Football League if it were to hold for the entire season. Williams has 158 rushing yards on the season and Mays has minus 1.

Another week, another concern about the offensive line for the Green Bay Packers. But, that's not going to be an issue. Have thoughts on how the Steelers and Packers are performing? In both games, the Steelers offense struggled and their defense played uncharacteristically sloppy, missing tackles and allowing gash plays to subpar offenses. The Steelers offence can be a torturous to bet on, but they have the ability rip defences apart, and even if they only score twenty points or so, it's not clear how the Packers are going to hurt them.

No, Hundley hasn't been good at all, and Green Bay's once-explosive offense has stalled as a result. Green Bay has also tried wide receiver Randall Cobb as a Wildcat QB in its last couple of games. Get your 100% signup bonus today.