staff predictions

Most on panel feel Packers will knock off Steelers

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 5-2
Packers 20, Steelers 17
Comment: By the ghost of Yancey Thigpen, the Packers pull off a minor miracle at Lambeau, upsetting the Steelers. It won't hurt the cause seeing Charlie Batch or Tommy Maddox quarterbacking the Steelers as well.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 5-2
Steelers 23, Packers 10
Comment: Ben Roethlisberger's absence makes this interesting, as does the Packers' ability to stop the run. In a replay of the Tampa Bay game, however, Pittsburgh's defense controls the game, and Pittsburgh's offense eventually wears down the Packers' defense.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 4-3
Steelers 21, Packers 20
Comment: The Steelers come into this game minus Big Ben Roethlisberger and Jerome Bettis. But, unlike the injury-riddled Packers, Pittsburgh should still have enough depth on their team to win, even on the road. Charlie Batch is no world beater but he is a veteran quarterback. Pittsburgh's defense is so good, they it need Batch to beat Green Bay through the air. I look for the Packers to put up a decent struggle at home but still come up a bit short.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 4-3
Packers 17, Steelers 13
Comment: No "Bus" and No "Big Ben" for Pittsburgh. So that means the QB matchup is Charlie Batch vs. Brett Favre. You can phone this one in as an upset waiting to happen. Ring! Ring! Hello? Yeah, Mike Sherman, this is victory calling. Finally a phone call Sherman doesn't mind.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 3-4
Steelers 28, Packers 14
Comment: Even though the Steelers will be without "BIG BEN" and going with Charlie Batch they still have too much firepower and their defense is too physical for the Packers to deal with.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Season prediction record: 3-4
Packers 24, Steelers 20
Comment: Pittsburgh's injury report this week has swelled to 16 players. Among the wounded are Bettis, Roethlisberger, and S Mike Logan. RB Willie Parker is hurting, so is DE Travis Kirschke, who hasn't practiced all week. The Packers have been playing hard and this week their effort will pay off in the form of a win.

Jeff Royle, Publisher
Season prediction record: 3-4
Steelers 24, Packers 14
Comment: In hopes that the Packers pull off a win at home, I'm going to pick against them. Picking them to win seems to be going against me. With Big Ben out and a limited Bus service, the Packers must win at home anytime you have Favre vs Batch. If the Pack finds a way to let the Steelers out of town with a win without two of their big guns, Coach Sherman and Favre might as well buy a timeshare for next season somewhere nice and warm.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Season prediction record: 3-4
Packers 28, Steelers 27
Comment: Upset special, baby! Just when everyone thinks the season is lost … Packers 28, Steelers 27. Big Ben is out and Charlie Batch is in. Charlie Batch? Not at Lambeau, not this Sunday!

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 2-5
Packers 27, Steelers 24
Comment: No Big Ben, no Bus, no Joey Thomas. They say good things happen in three's. And I just can't make myself pick against the Pack this week.

John Lombardi, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 2-5
Packers 21, Steelers 13
Comment: With Ben Roethlisberger out, the Packers have a chance. They need to elimiate the turnovers and hope the defense can continue to play solid run defense, because the Steelers are going to run it. The Packers are due.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 2-5
Packers 24, Steelers 14
Comment: The Packers are finally catching some breaks as their opponents are having the injury issues this week. QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Jerome Bettis will both miss Sunday's game due to injuries. Look for QB Brett Favre to bounce back with a solid game against the Steelers. Pittsburgh's defense plays the run extremely well but has issues defending the pass. The Packers need to force back up Steeler QB Charlie Batch into making bad throws. A win Sunday against a very good Steeler team will give the Packers some badly needed confidence as they embark on a very difficult part of their 2005 schedule.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 1-6
Packers 17, Steelers 16
Comment: A week of turmoil and a tough opponent are both weighing heavily against Green Bay. Perhaps the only factor favoring the home team is Pittsburgh's short week on the road, but I'm sticking with my pick of the Pack. One of these days they're going to prove me right.

Mark A. Wallenfang, Photographer
Season prediction record: 1-6
Packers 24, Steelers 20
Comment: Charlie Batch is 0-10 in his last 10 starts. He hasn't won a game since Dec. 2000 when he was with the Lions. And "The Bus" is out for repairs. I like the Packers' chances in winning this game. Aren't Steelers one of those teams that can only afford a team logo sticker for one side of their helmet?

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