PRESEASON WEEK 2: Packers @ Steelers Preview and Prediction
The Green Bay Packers travel to Heinz Field this Sunday to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first preseason game at home. A preseason game involving two of the most dominating offenses in the NFL.
Pittsburgh, with by far one of..if not the best offenses in the league, are unlikely to see much action from their starters in Week 2, but a little more than the previous week. One thing that should change is the backup quarterback position with the return of Brad Gradkowski back to practice this week. Hopefully we will see less of Landry Jones, who regardless of what others say had two horrific outings in both preseason games.
While the Steelers offense maybe in high praise, their defense is in a rebuilding period, to say the least. Look for linebacker Ryan Shazier to keep making big plays after being plagued by injury last season.
Rookie linebacker, Bud Dupree who got into it with Marcus Gilbert earlier this week showed some spark..but spark that should be translated onto the playing field, not the practice field.
Now back to the offense. With Antonio Brown as the obvious No. 1 receiver, and Martavis Bryant has easily earned the No. 2 spot. Markus Wheaton is in third, which has left the No. 4 wide receiver spot up for grabs. Look for Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey to fight for big plays as they vie for the job.
On the other side of the ball. The Packers are coming off a win over the *Super Bowl Champions* New England Patriots, in Week 1..and Aaron Rodgers is said to be completely healed and read to go.
Still.. don’t expect to see much action from the NFL MVP, Rodgers or their star running back Eddie Lacy, despite 19 passes attempted by Rodgers in the first preseason game. Green Bay’s top receivers,Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, probably won’t see much of the field either.
We will get to see some of the younger guys on the team get plenty of action, though. Keep an eye out for Ty Montgomery, who is primed to become Green Bay’s top kick and punt returner, something that the Steelers special teams has a problem with covering. Also watch out for wide receiver Jeff Janis, who is fighting for a higher spot on a crowded depth chart.
Also look to see more action from third-string rookie quarterback Brett Hundley the further we get into preseason. Scott Tolzien has the second-string quarterback job pretty much locked up at this point, but the team will want to give their rookie quarterback as much game experience as possible.
In conclusion, no matter how you look at it these two teams mirror each other more than any other in opposite confrences. And due to an unforeseen overplaying of Landry Jones my prediction is as such:
Green Bay 21