Shawn (4-5, 4-5 ATS): My prediction this week is the same as Clubber Lang’s … “Pain.”
That’s it. I have nothing positive to say. Clubber Lang is going to knock Rocky into next week. Ivan Drago is going to give Apollo Creed nap-time of the dirt variety. The Evil Empire is going to crush the Rebellion. Superman is going to get nut-punched.
This is going to be ugly.
I am going to be doing something else by the third quarter. That’s my prediction. My best one.
It doesn’t matter what the spread is. The Steelers will cover it. If you can find decent odds on Joe Callahan getting some snaps, this would be the week to bet it.
In Green Bay, we are used to looking forward to winning on Sunday. Not this weekend. With it being the end of a holiday weekend, Sunday is no question the worst day of the week. Sunday sucks.
Steelers 42, Green Bay 6
Monty (6-4, 6-4 ATS): I don’t entirely disagree with Shawn. The Pittsburgh Steelers could very well turn this game into a bloodbath. The Green Bay Packers can seemingly only beat the Chicago Bears with Brett Hundley at quarterback.
The Steelers are looking like they’re on a collision course with the New England Patriots. They are among the class of the AFC. They have arguably the best receiver in the NFL in Antonio Brown. I would not be surprised if he torched the Packers’ suspect secondary for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
If there’s any good news there, it’s that it looks like both safety Morgan Burnett and cornerback Kevin King will be back on the field after missing time due to injury. Will that make a huge difference? I wouldn’t say huge, but Burnett clearly does make a difference when he’s on the field.
What this really comes down to is offense. Will the Green Bay Packers’ offense actually show up? They couldn’t really do any worse than they did against the Baltimore Ravens last week, could they?
Currently, the Steelers are getting 13.5 points. That is a line the Packers haven’t been on the other side of for quite a while. I don’t have any issue with it after the team’s performance last week, however. These look like two teams going in opposite directions. The Steelers are red hot and the Packers are colder than a witch’s tit.
With the Steelers playing at home, they should be double-digit favorites.
Could this be a blowout? It certainly could.
I would like to think the Packers have some pride, however. I would like to think they can put together a sensible game plan and execute it.
No, I am not going to say they will win this game. I’ll say they’ll put together a decent effort. A decent enough effort to keep it close. Not a win — except maybe of the moral variety — but I bet the Packers will cover.
Steelers 24, Packers 13