Week 16 Preview: Packers-Steelers

Week 16 Preview: Packers-Steelers

We have everything you need for Sunday's big game at snowy Lambeau Field, from team and individual stats to notes, plus our prediction.

PITTSBURGH (6-8) vs. GREEN BAY (7-6-1)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 3:25 p.m.

TV: CBS

OPENING LINE: Green Bay by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Pittsburgh 7-7, Green Bay 5-9

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 19-14

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Steelers 31-25, Feb. 6, 2011 in Super Bowl

LAST WEEK: Steelers beat Bengals 30-20; Packers beat Cowboys 37-36

AP PRO32 RANKING: Steelers No. 20, Packers No. 15

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Packers still in running for NFC North title; Steelers eliminated in AFC North. ... Teams' first regular-season meeting since 2009, 37-36 win by Pittsburgh in highest-scoring game in series. ... Teams have combined for 19 world championships, including NFL-best 13 for Packers. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs 85 yards passing to reach 4,000 for third time in career. ... RB Le'Veon Bell averages 94 yards from scrimmage per game, best among AFC rookies. ... WR Antonio Brown needs five catches to join Hines Ward as only Steelers with 100 in one season. ... LB Jason Worilds has four sacks in last three games. ... Packers have won final home game each year since Mike McCarthy became coach in 2006. ... Packers coming off back-to-back one-point victories for first time since 1989. ... QB Matt Flynn became first quarterback in franchise history to throw four TD passes in second half in last week's win over Cowboys. ... RB Eddie Lacy leads NFL in rushing since Oct. 1 with 977 yards. ... WR Jordy Nelson one of seven players in league with at least seven touchdown catches in last three seasons. ... David Bakhtiari only rookie in league to start at left tackle this season. ... LB Nick Perry has four sacks and three forced fumbles in past six games. ... McCarthy grew up in Pittsburgh and coached at University of Pittsburgh from 1989-92.

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (11-2-1): Can the Packers keep their season alive again without Aaron Rodgers? Unless Chicago and Detroit lose, the answer is no. The Steelers are playing much better than their 6-8 record would indicate. Matt Flynn has played well, but he's not as good as Ben Roethlisberger. The Packers' defense has been up and down the last three weeks but they've forced turnovers. Those game-changing plays have been vital in wins over Atlanta and Dallas. The Steelers have only one turnover in their last five games. Moreover, the Packers are among the league leaders in sacks but the Steelers have yielded just five sacks in the last five games. Pittsburgh simply is the more complete team. The combination of Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell and its elusive receivers will rule the day. STEELERS 31, PACKERS 21

GREEN BAY (Team)NFC NFL
Turnover Margin (-3) 11 19T
Points Scored (25.2)8 12
Points Allowed (25.9) 11 21T
Total Offense (397.2) 3 4
Rushing (130.4) 5 7
Passing (266.9) 4 7
Total Defense (376.3) 11 26
vs. Rush (123.4) 13 25
vs. Pass (252.9) 10 22
Third-Down Offense (40.2%) 7 10
Third-Down Defense (38.6%) 9 17
Red-Zone Offense (49.1%) 15 28
Red-Zone Defense (56.3%) 10 16T
GREEN BAY (Individual)NFC NFL
Passing: Rodgers (108.0)34
Rushing: Lacy (1,028) 6 7
Receptions: Nelson (72) 11 21T
Rec. Yds.: Nelson (1,107)6 12
Interceptions: Williams/Shields (3)11T 22T
Sacks: Matthews/Daniels (6.5)21T 41T
PITTSBURGH (Team)AFC NFL
Turnover Margin (-4) 12 22T
Points Scored (22.9)8 19
Points Allowed (23.7) 8 15
Total Offense (340.4) 9 18
Rushing (79.4) 16 31
Passing (260.9) 5 11
Total Defense (338.0) 5 11
vs. Rush (115.6) 9 19
vs. Pass (222.4) 4 8
Third-Down Offense (38.7%) 5 13T
Third-Down Defense (39.3%) 11 20
Red-Zone Offense (50.0%) 11T 24T
Red-Zone Defense (56.3%) 7 16T
PITTSBURGH (Individual)AFC NFL
Passing: Roethlisberger (94.3) 3 9
Rushing: Bell (646)13 24
Receptions: Brown (95) 2 3
Rec. Yds.: Brown (1,307) 2 3
Interceptions: Clark/Polamalu (2) 25T 55T
Sacks: Worilds (7.0) 19T 37T

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