Here’s what I think will happen.
When Pittsburgh throws: The Steelers are giving Doug Legursky his first career start at center against the only team that came within a sack of the Steelers’ total in 2010. The Steelers have two really dynamic weapons in Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall. They have savvy vets that can get open. Their other RB options on third down are way above average at receiving. All that being said, the Packers secondary has shut down better passing attacks. Edge: Green Bay.
When Pittsburgh runs: I see Mendenhall in his power and moves being able to move the ball between the 20’s. Ben might scramble for a few gains but, overall, the Packers D will be too geeked up. Edge: even.
When Green Bay throws: Aaron Rodgers is in the shoes he loves. The Steelers’ big weakness in crucial times in the Jets and Pats games were the secondary. Troy could easily turn this edge around. Edge: Green Bay.
When Green Bay runs: This is the biggest match-up, in my opinion. The Packers need to run, not so much for the yards per carry, but to see if they can draw linebackers down for the play-action. Edge: Steelers, slightly.
PREDICTION: The closer to kickoff, the more I think turnovers and red zone execution are not the only ways Pittsburgh can close the gap between them and the more dynamic Pack: I think Ben Roethlisberger is the best he’s been in his career and is going to have a really good game. Green Bay 35, Pittsburgh 21.