|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.4||2-1||3-0||26.0||11.3||343.7||(5.6)||0.7||25.3||9.0||316.7||(5.2)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||22.9||10.1||19.6||31:14||24-79||(3.3)||24-38||64.8%||261||(6.9)||62-340||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24||11.5||19.7||31:37||27-111||(4.1)||22-36||60.0%||238||(6.6)||64-349||(5.5)||(14.6)|
|Offense Road Games||21.7||7.9||20.6||31:39||22-71||(3.2)||27-41||64.5%||276||(6.7)||63-347||(5.5)||(16)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.7||12.7||18.7||28:46||27-116||(4.2)||20-35||58.3%||222||(6.4)||62-337||(5.4)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.3||11.3||19.7||30:23||27-111||(4)||22-36||59.7%||237||(6.5)||64-349||(5.4)||(15)|
|Defense Road Games||24.1||13.4||19.6||28:21||28-125||(4.5)||21-35||59.3%||251||(7.2)||62-376||(6)||(15.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.6||1.4||-0.3||14-5||38.7%||1-0||53.8%||3-60||(22.2)||2-25||(12.9)||5-43|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.9||14-5||37.4%||1-0||51.5%||3-57||(22.8)||21-2||(9.4)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.9||0.4||1.3||0.1||14-5||37.8%||1-0||33.3%||3-68||(22.7)||2-20||(11.7)||4-42|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.6||1.1|| ||14-6||39.3%||1-1||52.9%||3-76||(21.8)||2-20||(8.5)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.6||1.7|| ||14-5||38.0%||1-0||50.5%||3-66||(23.9)||23-2||(10.4)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.7||0.7||1.4|| ||14-6||42.4%||1-0||25.0%||4-82||(22.8)||2-22||(9.6)||6-52|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.5||1-2||2-1||23.0||7.7||297.7||(5.4)||2.0||32.3||21.3||437.3||(6.5)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||25.2||11.1||21.4||30:24||28-130||(4.6)||23-35||65.0%||267||(7.6)||63-397||(6.3)||(15.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||25.4||12.3||20.7||31:33||27-113||(4.2)||23-37||61.8%||251||(6.8)||64-364||(5.7)||(14.3)|
|Offense Home Games||24.6||11.0||22.9||32:29||30-147||(4.9)||25-37||66.7%||270||(7.3)||67-417||(6.2)||(17)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.9||11.8||20.9||30:40||27-123||(4.6)||21-35||61.7%||253||(7.3)||62-376||(6.1)||(14.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.3||12.1||20.3||30:06||26-112||(4.2)||22-37||60.4%||248||(6.8)||63-360||(5.7)||(14.8)|
|Defense Home Games||20.4||9.6||20.6||29:40||28-135||(4.8)||20-35||58.1%||224||(6.4)||63-359||(5.7)||(17.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.6||1.5||-0.2||13-5||40.2%||1-0||60.0%||2-42||(18.8)||2-23||(12)||5-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.9||14-5||38.6%||1-1||54.0%||3-59||(23.4)||21-2||(9.8)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.6||0.3||0.9||0.0||14-5||37.9%||1-1||80.0%||3-51||(20)||2-11||(5.9)||5-43|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.6||1.3|| ||13-5||38.6%||1-1||53.3%||3-95||(27.1)||1-12||(10.1)||6-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||14-5||38.8%||1-0||49.2%||3-66||(23.8)||20-2||(10)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.4||0.4||0.9|| ||14-6||39.8%||1-1||40.0%||4-94||(25.3)||1-6||(5.7)||6-59|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 19.6, GREEN BAY 20.4|
|11/3/2013||@ NEW ENGLAND||31-55||L||5.5||L||42.5||O||20-108||28-48-371||3||35-197||23-33-413||1|
|12/22/2013||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/17/2013||@ NY GIANTS||13-27||L||3||L||40.5||U||20-55||24-34-339||3||24-78||25-35-256||1|
|12/22/2013||PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|PITTSBURGH: The Steelers remained pass-heavy under offensive coordinator Todd Haley last year, running out of a lot of spread looks. They essentially use the pass to set up the run, with the backs running almost exclusively between the tackles. They'll rotate backs again this year, with rookie Le'Veon Bell likely to emerge as a lead back. Jonathan Dwyer is less versatile than Bell and could be on his way out of Pittsburgh. Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling figure to split passing-down duties in the early going, though Stephens-Howling could end up taking the role full-time at some point.
Haley brought more spread looks to Pittsburgh's offense. They go no-huddle frequently, with Ben Roethlisberger trusted to run the offense. Antonio Brown is now their undisputed No. 1 receiver, with the ability to be used deep or as a catch-and-run guy. Emmanuel Sanders is more of a possession receiver and will likely share No. 2 targets with TE Heath Miller. Jerricho Cotchery should see solid playing time as their slot guy, and while rookie Markus Wheaton will be eased in, he should end up seeing significant snaps as their best deep threat. Only the Saints skewed more pass-heavy in goal-to-go situations than Pittsburgh (64.6% of snaps).
Despite a host of injuries in 2012, the Steelers still led the NFL in yardage defense (276 YPG) and passing defense (185 YPG), while finishing sixth in scoring defense (19.6 PPG). Rookie OLB Jarvis Jones makes the team younger and faster, as does CB Cortez Allen, 24, replacing the departed Keenan Lewis. Pittsburgh still has plenty of productive veterans though, like 32-year-old S Troy Polamalu and DE Brett Keisel, 34. Per usual, the team's linebackers are relentless, with OLB LaMarr Woodley and ILB Lawrence Timmons.|
|GREEN BAY: The Packers are still trying to figure out the running game, a one-cut system that plays off the passing game. They run out of all their looks, whether it's with a fullback, two tight ends or a three- or four-receiver look. Rookie Eddie Lacy enters this year as the favorite for early-down carries, though they'll rotate three backs most weeks and simply ride the hot hand. Lacy and fullback John Kuhn will work in short yardage situations, and they'll even have WR Randall Cobb take some hand-offs out of a shotgun formation.
Aaron Rodgers is as good as anyone in the NFL throwing on the run, and they'll keep moving the pocket behind a shaky offensive line that allowed Rodgers to be sacked 51 times last year, well up from 36 sacks in 2011. Cobb should emerge as the most consistently targeted player because he works underneath so often. Healthy again, Jordy Nelson should be the big-play receiver again, with James Jones getting more consistent playing time with Greg Jennings gone. And flex TE Jermichael Finley is up for a bigger role as Cobb gets more attention from defenses. The backs are not used often as receivers. The Packers are a pass-heavy team in the red zone. Rodgers led the team in rushes inside the 10. Lacy and Kuhn figure to battle for the goal line role.
The Packers defense has certainly improved, especially at home where they allowed just 17.5 PPG last year. The D-Line doesn't possess great pass rushers, but OLB Clay Matthews (13 sacks) takes care of that. Even without Charles Woodson, this secondary still shines brightly with SS Morgan Burnett (123 tackles) and CBs Tramon Williams (16 PD) and Casey Hayward (6 INT). LB Brad Jones is coming off a career year (77 tackles) and will take over for Desmond Bishop, who was released after not taking a pay cut. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-GREEN BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Steelers' Keisel returning)
*Steelers-Packers Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Back-to-back come-from-behind victories have the Green Bay Packers in control of their postseason chances, but they'll have to make do without Aaron Rodgers for at least one more week.
Rodgers will miss his seventh straight game due to a fractured left collarbone Sunday against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, leaving Matt Flynn under center again as the Packers try to keep pace in the NFC North.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Rodgers looked good and thought he was ready to play but stressed that didn't constitute a clearance to return.
On Friday, the team announced that wouldn't be coming for at least another week. McCarthy said Rodgers has not received medical clearance yet, and that the organization feels Rodgers is not ready to play.
That means Green Bay will have to go without the QB who has thrown for 687 yards and six touchdowns without an interception in two career meetings with Pittsburgh (6-8). In the most recent, he was 24 of 39 for 304 yards with three scores to earn MVP honors in a 31-25 victory in Super Bowl XLV.
Since averaging 15.5 points while going winless in four games after losing Rodgers, the Packers (7-6-1) have found an offensive rhythm with Flynn in their last two. He's gone 50 of 71 for 557 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions while rallying Green Bay to back-to-back victories.
The Packers trailed visiting Atlanta by 11 at halftime before pulling out a 22-21 win Dec. 8, then stormed back from a 26-3 halftime deficit to stun Dallas 37-36 win last week.
Flynn led the team to five straight touchdown drives to open the second half as Green Bay matched the greatest comeback victory in its 93-year history.
"We're about getting ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it's an excellent team victory," McCarthy said. "Can't say enough about our football team, can't say how proud I am of each and every player just to stay the course, and that's exactly what they did."
The Packers can claim their third straight NFC North title by beating Pittsburgh and division-leading Chicago at Soldier Field.
The Steelers also remain alive for a postseason berth following a 30-20 win over AFC North-leading Cincinnati on Sunday, though they'll need a lot to go their way over the final two weeks.
Pittsburgh has to win out against the Packers and Browns, and have Miami, New York, San Diego and Baltimore finish with 8-8 records for the tiebreakers to work in its favor.
"I have said for a bunch of weeks now that there is going to be no quit from me or from anybody," said Ben Roethlisberger, who completed his first 13 passes and ended up 20 of 25 for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception last week while setting a team record for completions in a season with 340.
Since committing 15 turnovers - 10 interceptions - over his first nine games, Roethlisberger has two giveaways in his last five contests. He's thrown 12 touchdowns and one pick over that span.
In his only regular-season meeting with Green Bay, Roethlisberger threw for a team-record 503 yards and three scores - including one on the final play - in a 37-36 victory over the visiting Packers on Dec. 20, 2009.
Antonio Brown has been Roethlisberger's top target this season, reaching career highs with 95 catches for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns. He scored for the fifth time in as many games in last week's win.
Green Bay's Eddie Lacy will try to find some holes in a Pittsburgh defense that's allowed fewer than 75 yards rushing in three of the last four games. The Steelers, however, will be without linebacker LaMarr Woodley for the rest of the season because of a strained right calf.
Defensive end Brett Keisel, who has missed four of the last five games with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, will return to help contain Lacy, the Packers' first 1,000-yard rusher since Ryan Grant in 2009.
The rookie ran for 141 yards on 21 carries last week while adding his seventh touchdown in nine games.
The Packers have won two of three meetings in Green Bay. This is the teams' first matchup since 2005.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 5:17:12 AM EST|