What an odd weekend. From Romo throwing 2 INT after being up 12 points in the 4th quarter, to Justin Tucker kicking a 61 yard FG as time expired, I just don't think anyone could have predicted this weekend. Now we are riding a 2 game winning streak and face the Steelers at home in what is still a must win situation for the playoffs.
Here are some of the matchups that I think the Packers need to win to win the game.
--Win the turnover battle
We fell behind big time against the Cowboys by giving them a few opportunities in the first half, and without Rodgers on the field, we simply cannot afford that. Lacy needs to hold the ball tight, and Flynn needs to make smart decisions with the football.
--Our OL vs Steelers DL
I would like to see us have a balanced run/pass attack against the Steelers. Sometimes our line is strong, and other times it looks like swiss cheese. We can't afford any injuries here because our backups are not good enough to play against NFL quality talent. I won't say Lacy has to run for 150 yards for us to win, but if he got there I would be fairly certain that the win is imminent.
--Shields/Williams vs Brown
Antonio Brown has been having a great season. He is fast and elusive. Obviously he had the great punt return against the Bengals, and almost had the long touchdown late against the Dolphins (but he ironically stepped out). I just am worried about the matchup, and don't think we can double team since we need to stop Bell too.
--Red zone victories
Whether on offense or defense, I think scoring is going to be coming at a premium in what looks like it will be a snow bowl game. When we are in the red zone, we cannot settle for FG. When we are on defense, we need to force turnovers or make them settle for FG. It's a tall task, but it's highly urgent this week.
Those are my thoughts, if you have any others you can post them in the comments below or back in the forum.