TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Lambeau Field
Weather: High 29, Low -1
Having quite the second half of the season, the 6-8 Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer an easy victory this season after a horrid beginning of the year. Pittsburgh has relied heavily on the arm — and legs — of Ben Roethlisberger who has had somewhat resurgent second half of the season. Roethlisberger has passed for 3,915 yards and 25 touchdowns for the 11th-best passing offense in the league, hitting Antonio Brown 95 times for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns. Emmanuel Sanders is second on the team in receiving, catching 63 passes for 707 yards and five touchdowns. Le’Veon Bell has been one of the best young running backs in the league as the rookie has rushed for 646 yards and six touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, the Green Bay Packers have not had the most successful season based on expectations, posting a 7-6-1 record without Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Rodgers has been out since week nine and Packer fans are hoping and praying that he comes back before the end of the year — but it’s not looking too good. Matt Flynn is filling in for Rodgers in the meantime — even though it’s hard to fill in for Rodgers’ 2,218 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jordy Nelson has not skipped a beat without his favorite quarterback, catching 72 passes for 1,107 yards and eight touchdowns on the season. Eddie Lacy has also had a solid rookie season at running back, rushing for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively, the Steelers have been up and down this season. Pittsburgh has the 15th-best scoring defense as well as the 11th-best total defense and the eighth-best passing defense in the league. Green Bay has struggled mightily this season, ranking 21st in points allowed, 26th in total yards allowed, 22nd in passing yards allowed and an also-mediocre 25th in rushing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Steelers 30, Packers 20
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