Perhaps the best news for the Green Bay Packers is where this game is being played and when this game is being played. For starters, it's in Green Bay, at Lambeau Field, where the Packers are 7-3 straight up in their last 10 preseason games. And there's the second factor in their favor - it's a preseason game. Green Bay owns the Steelers in the preseason, with three wins in the last four games, but especially at home. A 30-22 victory in 1973 was Pittsburgh's most recent preseason win at Green Bay.
It's a much different story when these two teams clash in the regular season. The Steelers have won five straight overall from the Packers and two in a row and five of the last seven games at Green Bay. In Pittsburgh, the Packers have endured a desperate existence. Green Bay has dropped five successive games in the Steel City, their last win there a 20-12 decision on Dec. 6, 1970. Bart Starr threw two second-half touchdown passes to ice that one for the Pack, beating a rookie Steelers QB named Terry Bradshaw.
Get On The Board - The Packers and Steelers aren't about defensive struggles when they get together on the football field. In four of the last five preseason games between Pittsburgh and Green Bay, the total points scored has been 43 or higher. In regular-season play, five of the last six Steelers-Packers games have gone over. There's only been one game among those six tilts where both teams didn't register at least 20 points. The average total in the past four Steelers-Packers games was 64.25 points per game.
They're Going Streaking - Runs are big in basketball and they've also been fairly prevalent over the history of the Steelers-Packers series. Pittsburgh has won five of the last six games and also assembled a four-game winning streak from 1975-86. The Packers won four in a row from 1957-65 and six of seven from 1957-70. Pittsburgh won six of seven from 1947-54, including a pair of three-game winning streaks in that run. The Packers won the first nine games, outscoring the Steelers 393-62.
Ahead By A Century - The Packers will launch a year-long celebration this season to recognize the 100th birthday of the franchise, which officially arrives on Aug. 11, 2019. After two years in existence as a barnstorming vagabond franchise, the Packers officially joined the NFL in 1921, going 3-2-1 in their inaugural season. Curly Lambeau led the team in scoring with 22 points. The Packers won their first NFL title in 1929, going 12-0-1 that season. The Steelers didn't win an NFL title until the 1974 season, taking Super Bowl IX.
No. 12 Is No. 1 - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, out much of last season with a broken clavicle as the Packers stumbled to 7-9 and missed the playoffs, is healthy and is a healthy pick with the online sportsbooks to be MVP of the NFL in 2018, an award he previously won in 2011 and 2014. Bovada lists Rodgers as their +550 favorite to win the award in their MVP future book. BetOnline also likes Rodgers the best as MVP at +600. TopBet is also in the neighborhood of Mr. Rodgers, listing him as their MVP chalk at +500.
Odds Big On Ben - Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has posted some big years as a pro and won two Super Bowls. But he's never taken home an MVP award and it appears that the online sportsbooks are of the opinion that his time as a contender for the award has come and gone. Bovada puts Roethlisberger's odds of winning the MVP at +2500. BetOnline situates the line on Big Ben at +1800 and TopBet plummets him all the way to +3500.
Double Down - When the Steelers played host to the Packers in Week 12 of the 2017 season, the Packers were without the injured Rodgers, and were coming to Heinz Field after being drubbed 23-0 by the Baltimore Ravens, the first time the Packers had been shutout in 176 games. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, had just eviscerated the Tennessee Titans 40-17. Analyzing all of this data, sportsbooks established the Steelers as 14-point favorites, the first time the Packers were double-digit underdogs in a game since 2010.
So what happened? Packers backup QB Brett Hundley did his best Rodgers impersonation, passing for three touchdowns. Luckily for the Steelers, Roethlisberger threw for four scores and the Steelers won 31-28 on a 53-yard Chris Boswell field goal on the final play of regulation. At that point in the 2017 season, while double-digit favorites were 13-3 straight up, it also dropped double-digit favorites to 6-10 against the spread, and the Packers improved to 3-3-1 ATS in their last seven times as a double-digit underdog.
Super History - They've already met in the Super Bowl once, so why not again? Certainly, both the Packers and Steelers are strong contenders to get to Super Bowl LIII. Bovada pegs the Steelers as the third choice in their Super Bowl LIII future book at +1000, while the Packers are listed as the sixth choice at +1400. The Packers figure to face a much bigger challenge winning their division than the Steelers do, though. Bovada has the defending NFC North Division champion Minnesota Vikings at +1100 to win the Super Bowl.
If it's to be a repeat of Super Bowl XLV, when the Packers got the better of the Steelers by a 31-25 count, well, you can play that wager as well. MyBookie offers future book odds on every possible Super Bowl LIII matchup. If you make a play on a Packers-Steelers Super Bowl, the odds are +3300. The Steelers and Packers are two of four teams to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Between them, they've appeared in a combined 13 Super Bowls, going 10-3.
Division Math - The Steelers are pegged by Bovada as the odds-on choice to win their third straight AFC North crown at -260. Considering Pittsburgh is 11-1 within the division the past two years, that's no surprise. The Packers missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009, and are figured to be in a battle with the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC North crown. At +135, Minnesota is favored ever so slightly to get the job done over the Packers, who are listed with odds of +140.