Packers 2017 schedule release: Five toughest games on the schedule
3. @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 12
Although it’s Mike McCarthy’s favorite place to visit for a football game, Heinz Field likely will not be pleasant to the Packers in 2017 because of a triumvirate of offensive firepower that Green Bay’s defense simply does not have the personnel to stop.
If Winston and Evans will give the Packers’ defense problems, then the combination of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown should give it nightmares. The Steelers were a top-10 offense in 2016 with the combination of Big Ben, Brown and Le’Veon Bell, and all three return in 2017 (despite Roethlisberger’s ridiculous claims he was considering retirement).
Those three combined for almost 6,500 yards of total offense and 48 touchdowns a season ago as the scariest trio of offensive weapons in the league. And don’t sleep on the Pittsburgh defense either, which ranked 10th in the NFL in scoring defense in 2016.
But facing Roethlisberger, Brown and Bell – on the road – with a defense that got shredded by less powerful offenses last year could easily spell doom for Green Bay.