My two cents...The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers game will be an exciting one to say the least. Both teams have great defenses and great offenses. The Steelers defense is ranked second in overall defense, 1st against the run (62.8 yards per game) and 12 th against the pass (214.1 yards per game). The Packers defense is ranked fifth overall, 18th against the run (114.9 yards per game) and 5th against the pass (194.2 yards per game). I feel both defenses will play well and will balance each other out. Let's look at offense. The Packers are ranked 9th overall, 24th rushing (100.4 yards per game) and 5th passing (257.8 yards per game). The Steelers are ranked 14th overall, 11th rushing (120.2 yards per game) and 14th passing (225.1 yards per game). The Packers are built to pass the ball with Aaron Rodgers at the helm and they have great wide receivers in Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and James Jones. The Steelers are more balanced with Rashard Mendenhall rushing the ball and Ben Roethlisberger passing to Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, and Heath Miller. The Packers offensive line is better suited to stop the Steelers pass rush. Tackles Chad Clifton and Brian Bulaga have to block the Vikings Jared Allen and the Bears Julius Peppers twice a season and did an admirable job against these two elite pass rushers and should be able to handle James Harrison and LaMar Woodley. The Steelers offensive line is pretty banged up with starting center Maurkice Pouncey ruled out. Tackles Flozell Adams and Jonathan Scott will have their hands full blocking Clay Mathews when the Steelers are forced to pass. If the Steelers can get their groiund game established early they have a chance. The Packers can't run the ball effectively but have been getting better with James Starks. If Aaron Rodgers can get confidence early, the Steelers are in for a long game. The kicking game favors the Packers. Mason Crosby kicks in the frozen tundra with swirling winds and has been the Packers kicker all season, while Shaun Suisham was picked up half way through the season. However Suisham is Canadian so I will call it closer than it should be (I am Canadian too and have to pull for him). I guess it will come down to coaching. This is where the Steelers have the advantage. Hall of Famer Dick Lebeau and Mike Tomlin have been here before and know how to get the job done. In short final score Steelers 28 Packers 24.
Wow what a game the Packers win!!