The Pittsburgh Steelers face the Green Bay Packers in a Sunday night matchup. The Steelers are coming off a dominating 40-17 win over the Tennessee Titans and look to be firing on all cylinders. The Packers are in a downward spiral after losing Aaron Rodgers to a collarbone injury. So this should be an easy win for the Steelers, right? Nothing is ever easy in the NFL or with the Steelers. Let’s take a look at the matchups:
Packers offense vs Steelers Defense
When the schedule came out, this looked like a marquee matchup of Aaron Rodgers and the potent Packers offense against the Steelers defense. Then on October 15, Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone and the Packers offense has been terrible. Brett Hundley hasn’t shown that he can be an effective quarterback in the NFL, with 2 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 63.3. That’s not the Packers’ only problems – they are missing right tackle Brian Baluga and the running back position has been decimated by injuries.
The Steelers defense on the other hand is playing at an elite level. They rank 4th in total defense in the league and haven’t given up more than 17 points in regulation all season. One criticism of Brett Hundley is that he holds on to the ball too long, and that plays right into the Steelers strength as they are second in the league in sacks.
Steelers offense vs Packers defense
The Steelers offense finally scored more than 30 points, even scoring 40 last week against the Titans. But it won’t be the same offense that played against the Titans as they’ll be missing JuJu Smith-Schuster to a hamstring injury and right tackle Marcus Gilbert to a PED suspension. Will JuJu’s absence mean a bigger role for Martavis Bryant, or will Eli Rogers fill the void?
Unless Brett Hundley learns to become a functioning NFL quarterback, the Packers offense is going to have a tough time against the Steelers defense. This is another game in prime time, where Ben Roethlisberger excels. Steelers in a blowout.
Steelers 34, Packers 13