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Packers battle Steelers in Week 16 odds

Pittsburgh SteelersGreen Bay Packers
6-8December 22, 2013, 04:25 | Lambeau Field7-6-1

The Green Bay Packers received a minor miracle Sunday at Dallas, picking up their second straight victory without Aaron Rodgers, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

For Green Bay it's very simple; beat Pittsburgh at Lambeau Sunday and the Bears in Chicago Dec. 29, and they win the NFC North again.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, just beat AFC North-leading Cincinnati 30-20, but at 6-8 needs two wins and a ton of help to make the playoffs.

As of early this week the Packers, who will probably go with Matt Flynn at quarterback again, were favored by a touchdown over the Steelers at BetOnline.

The Packers currently sport a record of 7-6-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-7-1 ATS. The Steelers are 6-8 and 7-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Packers post a 7-7 over under record this season, while the Steelers have gone 7-7 against the number.

View Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers Odds and Stats.

The Packers sit at No. 19 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Steelers are at No. 12 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Packers will win this game 24-22.

The Steelers were a 30-20 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bengals. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (50) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last game, the Packers got 4 passing scores out of Matt Flynn en route to a 37-36 win over the Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Green Bay's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 25.21 PPG, against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 15 this week at 23.71 PPG. The Packers aerial game is averaging 266.86 yards per game, more than the Steelers secondary allows through the air, 222.36 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Steelers feature the league's No. 23-rated road run defense, allowing 125.43 yards per game. Green Bay, meanwhile, ranks No. 4 in rushing offense at home.

A few Steelers at Packers trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Green Bay is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Green Bay is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games
Green Bay is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Green Bay is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Cleveland, Sunday, December 29th
Green Bay at Chicago, Sunday, December 29th