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Cheat Sheet: Steelers at Packers

How to Watch/Listen

  • TV coverage: Broadcast locally in Pittsburgh on CBS (KDKA-TV)
  • Steelers Radio Network - Game coverage begins at 4:25 p.m. ET; Pregame programming begins at noon; Postgame coverage starts immediately following the game.
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Injury Update

Injuries continue to add up for the Steelers, with the latest added to the injury report receiver Chase Claypool, who was limited on Thursday with a hamstring injury.

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Series History

This series started all the way back in 1933 when the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to Green Bay by a score of 47-0. It didn't get much better for Pittsburgh, as the Packers won the first nine meetings between these teams. Since then, things have evened out quite a bit and the Packers now have a 19-16 lead, including their victory in Super Bowl XLV. But the Steelers have won five of the last six matchups and nine of the last 12. As you might expect, the 1960s belonged to Green Bay. These teams met seven times between 1957 and 1970 and Pittsburgh won just one of those matchups.

Game action photos from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Steelers So Far

Offensive Overview

  • Pittsburgh's offense operates out of 11 Personnel (1 RB/1 TE) 81% of the time this year. The Colts are the only offense that uses that personnel grouping at a higher percentage. The league average this year currently sits at 58%. Last year, the Steelers were at 74.4%. Only the Bengals operated out of 11 Personnel more than Pittsburgh in 2020.
  • Pittsburgh's opponents have blitzed just 12.9% of the time. That is the lowest percentage in the league.
  • The Steelers offensive red zone percentage hasn't been great (43%), but Green Bay's opponents have found paydirt 100% of the time in this situation in 2021.

Passing Game

  • The Steelers are throwing the football on 73.4% of their offensive snaps. Only the Buccaneers are throwing it more and these are the only two teams in the league throwing it more than 67%.
  • However, only 32.3% of Roethlisberger's pass attempts have come on first down. That is the lowest rate in the league.
  • Roethlisberger's average time of throw of 2.35 seconds is the quickest in the league. Andy Dalton is second at 2.47. Roethlisberger was quickest last year as well at 2.30.
  • Diontae Johnson has gotten double-digit targets in 10 of his last 12 games.
  • Five of Pat Freiermuth's eight catches have gone for first downs, with another going for a touchdown.

Najee Harris

  • Najee Harris was targeted 19 times in Week 3. That is the second most ever for a running back in the NFL. He was the only player in the league with more targets than Adams last week.
  • Harris has received a league-high 95.2% of the Steelers backfield touches and has been on the field for 96.4% of the team's offensive snaps. Alvin Kamara is second in the NFL at 79.8%.

Defensive Overview

  • Through three games vs. the opponent's traditional slot receivers, Cole Beasley, Hunter Renfro and Tyler Boyd, the Steelers defense have allowed a total of 17 catches for 153 yards.
  • In Week 1, Pittsburgh's defense allowed 5.3 yards per attempt to Josh Allen. In Week 2 vs. Derek Carr that number went up to 10.3. Last week, Joe Burrow was at 9.6 yards per attempt.

Snap Count Notes

  • Steelers offense: Najee Harris has only missed seven total snaps in his rookie season. Four wide receivers have logged at least 93 snaps this year and Ray Ray McCloud isn't too far behind with 51 snaps played after being on the field for 47 snaps against the Bengals.
  • Steelers defense: Pittsburgh's defense was only on the field for 47 snaps against the Bengals. Four defenders, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Melvin Ingram, Joe Haden and Cameron Sutton never left the field. Fitzpatrick and Sutton have yet to leave the field in 2021.

Packers News, Notes, and Stats

Offensive Overview

  • Green Bay's offense is averaging 5.3 yards per play this year. In 2020, they averaged 6.3 which nearly led the league. But last week against the 49ers, they were back to producing offense at a six yards per snap clip.
  • Only three of Green Bay's offensive linemen, Josh Myers, Billy Turner and Royce Newman, have all 185 of the possible offensive snaps this year. And those are the only three players on the entire offense that have played every snap, including Aaron Rodgers, who gave way to Jordan Love in Week 1 when Green Bay was down heavy on the scoreboard to the Saints.
  • Green Bay's offense was amazing in the red zone last year. They converted 80% of their red zone trips into touchdowns which was the best in the NFL over the past 40 years. This year the Packers are at 63.6%
  • Only the Seahawks and Chiefs are running plays on third downs less often than the Packers. Their 10 third down snaps per game indicate that Green Bay is moving the chains on early downs with great efficiency. However, Green Bay's opponents this year are also only attempting 10 third downs per game.
  • Green Bay's offense has run 34% of their snaps out of 12 (1 RB/ 2 TE) Personnel. The Falcons at 35% are the only team running that grouping more regularly.

Passing Game

  • Davante Adams has a 15-game streak going in which he has caught at least five passes, which is the longest streak of its kind in the NFL right now. Adams is on pace for 193 targets, 142 catches and 1,751 receiving yards over a 17-game season. Last week, Adams was targeted 17 times out of his 31 routes run. And over his past 17 games, Adams' stat line reads 141 receptions, 1,624 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.
  • Davante Adams' 18 receiving touchdowns were greater than the 16 field goals Green Bay made last year and Adams produced one more point (108 to 107) than the Packers kicker Mason Crosby.
  • Marquez Valdes Scantling's 21.6 average depth of target is the highest in the NFL. Pittsburgh's defense has allowed a 40.3% completion percentage this year on passes 15 or more yards downfield, which ranks 29th in the league.

Aaron Rodgers

  • Last year, Aaron Rodgers had a passer rating of at least 100 in 14 of a possible 16 games. That is an NFL record.
  • Rodgers' average intended air yards of 9.4 is the fifth highest in the league.
  • During his 2020 MVP campaign, Rodgers threw more touchdown passes (48) than the number of times Green Bay punted (47) all season. Rodgers' 48 touchdown passes tied Dan Marino for the fifth-most in a season all-time. Since Week 1, he's thrown six touchdowns vs. zero interceptions.
  • Rodgers career 418/91 TD/INT ratio is simply remarkable, especially when factoring in how often he attacks downfield.

Defensive Overview

  • Tight ends have given the Packers defense a lot of trouble in the first three weeks of the season. In total, tight ends have caught 21 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns against Green Bay.
  • The Packers opponents are converting 53.3% of their third-down attempts-third worst in the NFL.
  • Green Bay's opponents have out rushed them by 107 yards thus far through three games.
  • The Packers have played 189 defensive snaps this year. Four players, Darnell Savage (178), De'Vondre Campbell (183), Jaire Alexander (183) and Adrian Amos (187) have played 178 snaps or more and Campbell has clearly developed into an every-down linebacker for Green Bay.

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Matt's Most Memorable Moment: February 6, 2011, Super Bowl XLV, Packers 31, Steelers 25

The Packers became the first six seed in the NFC to make the Super Bowl. They went through the Eagles, Falcons and Bears to get there. After their bye week during the Wild Card round, Pittsburgh beat the Ravens and Jets to advance to this matchup at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Coming into this game, Green Bay had won three Super Bowls as well as nine league championships before the Super Bowl era. The Steelers had won the most Super Bowl championships with six. The Packers got out to an insurmountable 21-3 lead in this game, but Pittsburgh did close the gap to 28-25 midway through the fourth quarter. Aaron Rodgers was awarded the Super Bowl MVP as the Packers brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.

Facts from NFL Research

  • This game features two of the winningest franchises in NFL history, with the Steelers fourth in all-time wins and the Packers in second.
  • This will be the first head-to-head matchup between Aaron Rodgers & Ben Roethlisberger since Super Bowl XLV, as Rodgers missed the last two Steelers-Packers matchups due to injury.
  • Both Ben Roethlisberger & Aaron Rodgers rank top-five in the NFL in regular season wins from 2011-2021.
  • Najee Harris leads all RBs with twenty receptions this season, the second-most among all rookies.
  • The Packers have allowed 9 passing touchdowns this season, tied for the most in the NFL.

Key Matchups

  • Packers RB Aaron Jones vs. Steelers LBs Devin Bush and Joe Schobert-Jones is one of the best all-around running backs in the NFL. He really showed what he could do in Week 2 when Jones abused the Lions as both a runner and receiver. He scored four touchdowns in that game. Last year, Jones scored 11 touchdowns and in 2019, he found paydirt on 19 occasions. Jones averages over five yards per carry for his career to go along with eight yards per reception. Bush and Schobert both cover well and both linebackers should see plenty of playing time in Green Bay. They will see a lot of Jones, as well as AJ Dillon, who the Packers use as a bruising change of pace runner. It should be noted though that Jones is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry this year.
  • Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Packers S Darnell Savage-The Packers have a lot of star power on their defense. Savage is a real up and coming player with rare versatility. He will cover the slot, play in the box as well as roaming the deep middle and deep half of the defense. Savage is very active and is an extreme playmaker. Roethlisberger will have to be very cognizant of Savage's whereabouts and it might not be a terrible idea to avoid him as much as possible.