The Green Bay Packers got a win against the defending Super Bowl champs in their only preseason game, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are winless in two exhibition contests. On Sunday afternoon, the Steelers look for their first win of 2015 when they host the Packers in Week 2 of the preseason.
Even with Tom Brady playing almost the entire first quarter, Green Bay beat New England last week, 22-11. Pittsburgh has suffered losses to the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, marking nine losses in their last 10 preseason games.
Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari struggled in the preseason opener because of a knee injury, and the ailment will force him to sit on Sunday, though he says he’ll be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Clay Matthews has been bothered with a knee injury during training camp, but it was an elbow issue that didn’t allow him to be a full participant in practice this week. It’s looking unlikely that Matthews will play against Pittsburgh.
The Steelers have dealt with their share of injuries during training camp. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons is dealing with turf toe, which will keep him out of Sunday’s contest. Running back Josh Harris and linebacker Vince Williams will also be forced to sit. Cornerback Senquez Golson might be out for the year after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Players to Watch
Eddie Lacy and James Starks are certain to be Green Bay’s top two running backs this season, but a roster spot behind them is up for grabs. Alonzo Harris was most impressive against New England, rushing seven times for 41 yards. He’s competing with John Crockett, who only totaled 26 yards on 10 attempts. Rajion Neal, who ran four times for 15 yards, is in the mix, as well.
Sammie Coates caught five passes for 52 yards in Pittsburgh’s second preseason game, but head coach Mike Tomlin has criticized his conditioning. The wide receiver was taken in the third round of the draft and has a chance to make a contribution in the upcoming year, though he has something to prove in light of Tomlin’s comments.
Where to Watch
FOX will broadcast the game nationally at 1 p.m. ET.