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Packers vs. Steelers - 8/23/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Green Bay Packers (13-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6)
Date & Time Sunday August 23, 2015, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 41
TV Channel
NFL Network
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NFL | Green Bay Packers (13-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6)
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The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers play a Sunday preseason game at Heinz Field.

The Green Bay Packers are coming off a 22-11 preseason victory over the New England Patriots. Scott Tolzien had 107 passing yards and a touchdown while Aaron Rodgers threw for 117 yards on 19 pass attempts. Rodgers had a lot of reps for a starter, and I expect to see a little more from rookie Brett Hundley in this matchup. Alonzo Harris led Green Bay with 41 rushing yards and a touchdown while James Starks had 38 receiving yards on three receptions. Defensively, Jayrone Elliott led Green Bay with eight tackles, Jake Ryan had two tackles for loss and Quinten Rollins had two pass deflections. Besides an injury to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, the Packers are extremely healthy.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2 in preseason play with losses to the Vikings and Jaguars. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown just three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown, as Landry Jones has thrown 78 passes for 328 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Roethlisberger should see more reps in this matchup, but preseason will continue to be the Jones show. DeAngelo Williams led Pittsburgh with 28 rushing yards and Martavis Bryant has 55 receiving yards and a touchdown. Despite poor QB play in the first two games, the Steelers skill position players have shown up in a big way. Defensively, Ryan Shazier has 13 tackles in two preseason games, James Harrison has a sack and Kevin Fogg has two pass deflections. Pittsburgh has eight tackles for loss in two games.

The Packers are 37-17-1 ATS in their last 55 games on grass. The Steelers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. 

I just don't like Landry Jones as a backup QB, as he's had complete control of both games and hasn't been able to do much. With that being the case, give me Green Bay and the points. 

Pick:
Green Bay Packers +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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