It’s now or never for the Packers.
Put your money on the latter.
The 5-5 Packers, whose playoff hopes are on a respirator, have to upset the Steelers today to have any realistic shot of being in the postseason. Even if the Packers had the services of the incomparable Aaron Rodgers, they’d have a difficult upending the Steelers, who are riding a five-game winning streak and who, at 8-2, are tied with the Patriots for the best record in the AFC.
But Rodgers will be a spectator again and he, like the rest of Packers Nation, can only hope his replacement Brett Hundley has at the very least a respectable showing. Anything less could be catastrophic for Green Bay.
The Steelers are understandably 12-point favorites over the Packers. Yet, knowing what is at stake, knowing their season is essentially on the line, I expect the Packers to make it a competitive game. And I expect the Packers to beat the spread, just not the Steelers.
Prediction: Steelers 24, Packers 17.