Steelers vs. Packers Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Aug 14, 2018

Aaron Rodgers will make his pre-season debut after sitting out the Packers' Week 1 victory against the Titans.

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August 16, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
Lambeau Field
Green Bay
6-9
Pointspread +6 -110
Moneyline +220
Over / Under o +42.5
Pointspread -6 -110
Moneyline -270
Over / Under u +42.5

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers have plenty in common as they prepare for their Week 2 pre-season game Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Both teams are the No. 2 betting option in their respective conferences to reach the Super Bowl, and both squads opened exhibition play with convincing victories. Pittsburgh cruised to a 31-14 win over the rival Philadelphia Eagles, while Green Bay dispatched the Tennessee Titans 31-17.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

This game opened with the Packers a 2 ½-point favorite – meaning they would be the underdog on a neutral field – but has since been shifted as high as -3.5 in some places. Despite looking strong in their respective pre-season openers, neither team has been a good cover option of late, with the Steelers having gone just 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games and the Packers having covered only once in their past five home contests.

From a totals perspective, this game carries one of the highest numbers of the week at 42.5 – running in stark contrast to the series of low-to-mid-30s totals we saw in Week 1. While the Steelers are an absurd 6-23 O/U in their last 29 road games, Green Bay has gone above the number in 22 of its previous 29 encounters at Lambeau Field. The potential tiebreaker: the teams have played over the total in each of their last four head-to-head meetings.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Fans and bettors should pay close attention to several positional battles that should be advanced Thursday. The backup running back battle could provide the highlight of the night, with Jaylen Samuels, Stevan Ridley and Fitzgerald Toussaint all in the mix; look for Samuels to see the most work. Unfortunately, we won’t see Antonio Brown in action against the Packers as he continues his recovery from a leg injury.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers will make his pre-season debut after sitting out the Week 1 victory – and all eyes will be on how he coalesces with the Packers’ young offensive hopefuls after the veteran QB ripped into them last week following practice. Look for Rodgers to play one or two series with the starters. But the Packers might be a bit thin on the offensive line due to injuries, with Lane Taylor, David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga among those banged-up.

Steelers vs. Packers Prediction

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