Sunday Night Match Up: Packers at Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Coty Sensabaugh

Sunday Night Match Up: Packers at Steelers

This battle will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday night, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth lending their voices to try and entertain you through a potential blowout.

34th regular-season meeting.

The Steelers' path to victory over the Packers is the same one both teams have been walking.

The Packers are 2-touchdown underdogs this week at Pittsburgh. Brett Hundley looks like he could be a decent quarterback moving forward, but the Packers are keeping the playbook small with him. 4-6 past year, we obviously overcame a lot to win eight in a row.

The OddsShark NFL Database notes that the Cowboys are an underwhelming 4-12 against the spread in their last 16 home games against teams with losing records like Los Angeles, so having Smith (back/groin) return from a two-game absence will be paramount against a Chargers team that has one of the NFL's best pass rushes, led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

"When you go through the statistics, when you put the opponent up as we did on Tuesday with our offense, there's a lot of production", Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said of Pittsburgh's defense.

Then again, it's not like Green Bay has to dig too far back for inspiration.

He averaged more than 20 yards per catch during his rookie season in 2014 with 8 receiving touchdowns in only 10 games. The Pittsburgh Steelers are not only going to win this game, but they are going to win it big. If he can just become the feared term "game manager" the Packers have enough talent on offense and defense to win the games they are supposed to win. They were successful doing that against the Titans as Marcus Mariota threw four interceptions.

Packers at Steelers news:Baltimore shut out Green Bay, 23-0, exactly 11 years to the day of the last time the Packers had been shut out at home. Without Rodgers, this Packers team doesn't scare anybody, least of all Pittsburgh.

More news: Wednesday's Weather: Mostly sunny and cool. Afternoon highs in the upper 50s

-Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell vs. Packers ILBs Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez.

Brown leads the National Football League with 70 receptions.

The Packers could keep it close only if they rely on Jamaal Williams to carry the offensive load, but gaining three yards a pop won't cut it.

Brad Miller: The Packers are coming at a crossroads for their season. Martinez leads the Packers with 84 tackles. Instead, Packers general manager Ted Thompson passed on Watt in April, and now the outside linebacker would like a measure of revenge. Even in a loss, his game was on point last week with 126 yards in the shutout defeat. Pittsburgh's ability to consistently generate pressure up front will mean another tough matchup for Hundley and the Green Bay offence this week.

It's hard to find even a sliver of hope for the Packers, who get picked apart by top quarterbacks and now lack a quarterback capable of operating a consistently functioning offense. Green Bay is 1-3 since Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone, putting the franchise's streak of eight straight playoff berths in serious jeopardy. Brett Hundley completely imploded, going 21 of 36 for 239 yards and three interceptions. He has run for a TD in two of the past four.

In need of a hero, WR Davante Adams has stepped up. LB Nick Perry has 4.5 sacks in his past four games.

The Packers are in ninth place in the NFC playoff race but can take solace in what they did previous year, when they were 4-6 and losers of four in a row before running off eight consecutive wins to get to the NFC Championship Game.

The Steelers still have plenty of options with Bryant, Rogers, and two former early-round picks behind them in Darrius Heyward-Bey and Justin Hunter.

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