The struggling Pittsburgh Steelers host the Green Bay Packers, Sunday Dec 20, as the Packers look to hand the Steelers their sixth consecutive loss. The Steelers have won six of the last eight meetings. NFL oddsmakers at SPORTSBETTING.com have the Steelers as -1 point home favs (WHAT!) over the Packers with the over/under set at 40.5 points . Be sure to get your Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 15 Predictions in now at SPORTSBETTING.com
The Packers (9-4) won in Chicago 21-14 in Week 14 and sit second in the NFC North, with their eye on a wild card spot. QB Aaron Rodgers made 16 of 24 passes for 137 yards; overall he’s thrown for 3,579 yards with 25 TD’s and seven interceptions for a 102.5 passer rating. RB Ryan Grant had 20 carries for 137 yards with two TD’s, while WR Jermichael Finely made five catches for 70 yards. WR Greg Jennings made three catches for 56 yards. Their defense had three sacks and pulled down two interceptions. The main reason the Packers are winning is their defense, in their last five consecutive wins they’ve allowed an average 14.2ppg . In the Steelers last five consecutive losses, including bottom feeders Kansas City, Oakland and Cleveland, they’ve given up an average 21ppg. Green Bay's veteran CB Charles Woodson is making a push for Defensive Player of the Year honors with an NFC-high eight interceptions, two sacks, two defensive touchdowns and four forced fumbles. He could strengthen his bid with another outstanding performance against Pittsburgh. The Packers ninth ranked pass game, led by WR Donald Driver’s 887 yards receiving and eight TD’s, will be up against the Steelers 13th ranked pass defense. QB Aaron Rodgers has 11 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a league-best 127.9 passer rating on third downs. The Packers 13th ranked ground game, led by RB Ryan Grant’s 1,068 yards rushing and seven TD’s, will be up against the Steelers league best rush defense, that has struggled. The Packers have averaged 27.3ppg and allowed 13.3ppg in their last three games. They are 4-2 SU on the road where they average 28.8ppg and give up an average19ppg.They are 8-4-1 ATS and 6-7 over/under.
The Steelers (6-7) lost at Cleveland 6-13 in Week 14 and have lost any chance of a playoff appearance. QB Ben Roethlisberger made 18 of 32 passes for 201 yards; overall he’s thrown for 3,346 yards with 19 TD’s and 11 interceptions for a 98.2 passer rating. RB Rashard Mendenhall had 16 carries for 53 yards, while WR Santonio Holmes made six catches for 93 yards. The Browns defense sacked QB Roethlisberger eight times, while the Steelers defense had one sack on QB Brady Quinn. The Steelers 12th ranked pass game, led by WR Santonio Holmes’ 1,080 yards receiving and three TD’s, goes against the Packers third ranked pass defense. The Packers safety Nick Collins has an interception in four consecutive games. The Steelers 16th ranked running game, led by RB Rashard Mendenhall’s 940 yards rushing and six TD’s, will have a hard time against the Packers second ranked rush defense . RB Rashard Mendenhall was injured last week but is listed as probable; he has only one TD in his last eight games. The Steelers have averaged 15.7ppg and allowed 20ppg in their last three games. They are 4-2 SU at home where they average 23.5ppg and allow 19ppg. They are 4-9 ATS and 7-6 over/under.
Recent Trends to Consider:
- Packers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win.
- Packers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Packers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Packers are 5-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Steelers are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games as a home favorite of 0.5-3.0.
- Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.
- Steelers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
- Over is 9-1 in Steelers last 10 games as a home favorite of 0.5-3.0.
Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers
When: Sun, Dec 20, 2009 4:15 PM ET
Pick: Packers +1
Point-Spreads.com Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 15 Predictions
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