Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will look to win their third straight game when they host the Steelers on Sunday. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. EST.
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The Pittsburgh defense gave Joe Burrow three touchdowns in a 24-10 loss to the Bengals. Mason Crosby had a 51-yard field goal at the end of time to put the Packers ahead of the 49ers, 30-28.
who: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) vs. Green Bay Packers (2-1).
When: Sunday October 3, 2021.
Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern Time.
Or: Champ Lambeau, Baie Verte (81 441).
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Read some of what The Associated Press’s Will Graves wrote about the Steelers trying to reestablish their defensive bluster after losing back-to-back games.
Cam Heyward is tired of listening to the criticism piling up on Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.
The last time the longtime defensive end checked, the whole squad was 1-2. That includes a defense that failed to secure a sack for the first time in over four years in a 24-10 home loss to Cincinnati last Sunday.
Yes, starting outside linebackers TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith sidelined with a groin injury. Yes, they were replaced with a rotation that included veteran Melvin Ingram – signed in July – and relative unknowns Jamir Jones and Derrek Tuszka. Yes, the defensive line is missing injured starters Tyson Aualu and Stephon Tuitt.
In a place where “the norm is the norm” might as well be taped to every locker, Heyward admits it’s not fair to expect Jones – a rookie who was lifted on Monday – to replace a All-Pro such as Watt.
“It’s fair to win the game,” Heyward said Thursday. “It’s just to be the best person you can be on Sunday. We are not asking anyone to duplicate what someone else is doing. But we’re just asking them to help us get a “W”.
Something that has only happened once in three weeks, with a visit to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (2-1) looming on Sunday.
While Roethlisberger and an attack featuring four newbies as well as a freshman offensive coordinator are all in the midst of very public growing pains, the defense has lost some of the arrogance that has become his signature under the defensive coordinator. longtime Keith Butler.
Not only did the Steelers fail to defeat Burrow, they also failed to get a single hit on the second-year quarterback. His white No.9 jersey was just as crisp when he took the last shot as when he took the first. In between, Burrow lit Pittsburgh for three touchdown passes.
The absence of Watt and Highsmith on the rim forced Butler to tweak his game plan a bit and take fewer risks by design. The Steelers are also calling less blitzes than they have in recent years.
They didn’t have to do it in Game 1 of the season when Watt and Heyward harassed Buffalo star Josh Allen all afternoon in what turned out to be a 23-16 upheaval that risked looking like a anomaly. They haven’t faced the Bengals perhaps because they didn’t want to expose a secondary that’s still a bit on the move with sophomore James Pierre on the outside replacing veteran Steven Nelson, who was cut in the spring in a change of salary cap.
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