The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers opened their respective preseason openers in style. The Steelers drubbed the defending Super Bowl champions last week, while the Packers taught the Tennessee Titans a lesson. Will the Steelers, listed at -300 to win the AFC North, take two in a row before coming home for the rest of the preseason? Or will the Packers, who are +140 to win the NFC North beat up the visiting team?
Betting Preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers NFL Preseason Week 3 Game on August 16, 2018
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay
When: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NFL Game Pass
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers
JuJu Smith-Schuster has seemingly shaken off any rust that built on him in the offseason, as he was fantastic in the Steelers’ 31-14 win in a demolition job of the Philadelphia Eagles last week. The wide receiver caught his only target of the game and turned it into a dazzling 71-yard touchdown. If the Steelers put him on the field again against the Packers this Thursday, he’ll be a problem for Green Bay – a big one. The Steelers’ running backs also impressed sans Le’Veon Bell, who is yet to sign Pittsburgh’s franchise tag offer. If remains out of Pitt’s picture, expect Fitzgerald Toussaint and James Conner to handle most of the load in the backfield again. Toussaint and Conner had 29 and 25 rushing yards on a combined 11 carries against Philly. It’s important for the Steelers to have both running backs confident heading into the season, especially with the uncertainty of when Bell will make his way back to the team.
Betting on the Green Bay Packers
New Green Bay quarterback DeShone Kizer has officially put the pressure on fellow backup Brett Hundley. Traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Packers last March, Kizer went 9-of-18 for 134 passing yards in last week’s 17-7 win over the Tennessee Titans at home. He did not score a touchdown, but he did not record a pick either. Hundley, meanwhile, had 108 passing yards on 9-of-14 pass completions with a touchdown and an interception. Both players are battling for the No. 2 QB role on the team behind Aaron Rodgers. They can continue fighting for it against the Steelers, who have up 219 passing yards to Philly in Week 1. Even Tim Boyle must have entered himself in the mix for the main backup role after outplaying both Kizer and Hundley by going 7-of-15 for 130 yards, two touchdowns, and zero INTs. The Packers’ offensive line need to do better next time, though, after allowing Tennessee pass rushers to get to Green Bay quarterbacks three times.
Steelers win, 27-24.
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