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How we're picking Sunday's game

9:12 PM, Dec. 21, 2013  |  Comments
Running back Eddie Lacy and the Green Bay Packers will face a considerably stiffer Pittsburgh Steelers defense on Sunday than they have in their last two wins over the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Running back Eddie Lacy and the Green Bay Packers will face a considerably stiffer Pittsburgh Steelers defense on Sunday than they have in their last two wins over the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
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Robert Zizzo (10-3-1)

PACKERS 17, STEELERS 14

Expect the weather to slow these offenses and cause turnovers. Another week will make Matt Flynn more comfortable and Eddie Lacy has proven he can carry the team when needed. The Steelers are riding out a disappointing season that will lead to a transition year in 2014. The Packers have more on the line.

Pete Dougherty (9-4-1)

STEELERS 24, PACKERS 21

Pittsburgh is peaking late and won't be bothered the slightest by bad weather. So even though Matt Flynn has found a way to win two straight games, odds are he won't be able to outduel Ben Roethlisberger and a Steelers defense that's a notch up from what Flynn has seen the last two weeks.

Mike Vandermause (9-4-1)

STEELERS 23, PACKERS 20

It's one thing to shine against the No. 29 and No. 32 defenses in the NFL, as the Packers did in second-half comebacks against the lowly Falcons and Cowboys. It's another to pull it off against a respectable defense like No. 11 Pittsburgh. The Steelers will feel right at home in the snow and cold in Green Bay. Plus Ben Roethlisberger is having a decent season (94.3 passer rating) and will out-perform Matt Flynn.

Weston Hodkiewicz (8-5-1)

PACKERS 27, STEELERS 20

Yes, Le'Veon Bell will be difficult for the Packers' 25th-ranked run defense now playing without Johnny Jolly, but I see the snowy conditions at Lambeau Field working to Green Bay's advantage much like its win over Atlanta two weeks ago. Eddie Lacy is running like a Pro Bowler and Matt Flynn has broken the victory ceiling. Green Bay's defense isn't good but fares better in the chill of the outdoors. Call me crazy, but I see the second-half successes carrying over.

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