It will be a meeting of two historic franchises going in opposite directions when the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers visit the surging Green Bay Packers at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Steelers bets are all over the map.
The Steelers (1-2) have lost two games in a row since upsetting the defending AFC East champion Buffalo Bills on the road in Week 1. Last week, the Steelers lost at home to the perennial punching bag Cincinnati Bengals 24-10.
The Packers (2-1) have won two in a row since a humiliating 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints in their opener. All the whispers about quarterback Aaron Rodgers being over the hill have ceased, unlike those concerning Ben Roethlisberger, his Steelers’ counterpart.
Current lines for Pittsburgh Steelers at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Pittsburgh Steelers +6.5 (-115), Green Bay Packers -6.5 (-105)
Moneyline: Steelers +250, Packers -320
Over/Under: 45 (O -110), U (-110)
Packers – Steelers Betting Preview
Yes, it’s quickly becoming a broken record, but the Steelers need to establish the running game to take some pressure off Roethlisberger.
The 39-year-old is getting beaten up behind an inexperienced offensive line. Roethlisberger has already been sacked eight times in 138 dropbacks this season after getting taken down 13 times in 614 dropbacks in 2020.
The Steelers are last in the NFL in rushing with 53.0 yards a game. Rookie Najee Harris, a first-round draft pick, has just 123 yards and no touchdowns on 40 carries.
Wide receiver Davante Adams has been Rodgers’ go-to guy more than ever lately. Adams has caught 21 passes on 27 targets for 253 yards and a touchdown in the last two games.
It would be easy to suggest the Steelers can contain Adams by double-teaming him. However, that strategy did not work the last two weeks for the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.
The Steelers have also been soft against the pass during the young season. The defense is allowing 7.2 net yards per passing attempt, up from 5.3 last year.
The Steelers-Packers Bets We Love
Pittsburgh Steelers +6.5 (-115 – DraftKings)
While many signs point to the Packers winning this game going away, there are a few factors in the Steelers’ favor.
The Steelers should be able to jumpstart their pass rush this week after having their streak of 75 games in a row with a sack end this week. Outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Alonzo Highsmith could be back from groin injuries while the Packers start two rookies on the offensive line, and left tackle Elgton Jenkins, an All-Pro last year, is questionable with an ankle injury that sidelined him last week.
Najee Harris under 52.5 Rushing Yards (-120 – MGM Grand)
Harris is a good player, as evidenced by his All-America college career at Alabama. However, he is getting no help from the line and being given no room to run.
Last week, Harris set a Steelers’ rookie record for receptions for a running back for 14. He would be a good bet to go over a receiving yardage total, but no props are available for Harris in that category.
Steelers Betting Prediction
Two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks go at it. Rodgers is seventh in NFL history with 418 touchdown passes, and Roethlisberger is eighth with 399.
It’s becoming fashionable to write Big Ben off. However, look for him to come up big in the showdown with Rodgers and at least keep the Steelers close.
Packers 27, Steelers 24