A brief overview of three storylines that could help determine the outcome of the Sunday night showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s diagnoses for the Packers offense. Tom says the Packers need to run things through Jamaal Williams if they are to have any hope Sunday night in Pittsburgh.
The offense needs to go through Williams this week or else Hundley is going to be chewed up and spit out against a Steelers defense that ranks second in the league in sacks (34) and third in opponent passer rating (74.2). If purple made Hundley nervous last week, black and gold is going to make him run for the Pennsylvania hills.
The Steelers' run defense ranks eighth and hasn’t given up 100 yards since the Bears gashed them for 220 yards in Week 3, so pounding Williams into the line wouldn’t be ideal in most cases.
But the Packers practice against a Pittsburgh-style 3-4 all through training camp, have a better-than-average run-blocking offensive line and can play with a fullback – or two -- in the game and still be multiple because Williams and Ripkowski are good receivers.
The Packers aren’t going to win a shootout with the Steelers, who put 40 points on Tennessee last week and still haven’t hit their stride offensively. They’re going to have to be smart and take out some of the gray area in the passing game that seems to cause Hundley so much indecision.
Rookie running back Aaron Jones released a statement about his October arrest:
LeRoy Butler and Tom Silverstein talk QBs in their latest video series:
Butler is a semi-finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time:
The Titletown District turns into a winter wonderland this weekend:
Elsewhere, Mike Spofford highlights things you may have missed during Sunday’s game:
Rob Demovsky writes on Vince Biegel and the inevitable comparisons to TJ Watt:
Pack To the Future does a tape breakdown:
Cheesehead TV has its latest stock report:
The Packers Wire looks at tendencies:
Lombardi Ave. says Ted Thompson needs to restock on offense:
Jason Wilde writes on Butler’s Hall of Fame candidacy:
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a dedicated Packers fan:
The Packers are holding a holiday blood drive:
Throwback to the great Don Hutson:
Important stuff from Matt Bowen here: