The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are prepping for their Week 10 matchup. The Packers (3-5) are desperately trying to get back into the improbable playoff chase after a tough start to the season. The Steelers (5-3) are trying to keep pace with the 7-2 Baltimore Ravens in their own division.
While both teams know what is at stake each and every week, it would appear that one Steelers star is struggling with a few things.
Pittsburgh Steelers Star George Pickens Wipes Social Media Of Team Prior To Matchup Against The Green Bay Packers
According to Allison Koehler of USA Today:
George Pickens got his first real taste of what happens when you let your emotions get the best of you in the NFL: The media puts you under a microscope and usually makes it a bigger deal than it needs to be.
From the negative body language during the Thursday Night Football game to Pickens removing all signs that he’s a Pittsburgh Steeler from his Instagram account on Saturday, he’s been the most written and talked about member of the Black and Gold.
His teammates are doing their part to help Pickens navigate what’s hopefully just a phase in his young career.
Najee Harris put it to Pickens this way: When defenses render you ineffective, another player shines.
“They’re not going to let you be a game-wrecker,” Harris told Steelers media via ESPN’s Brooke Pryor on Wednesday. “They’re going to find ways to minimize that player. And when you find ways to minimize that player, it creates somebody else’s opportunity to eat. And that’s the part of the team.”
Harris’s advice was to put things in perspective and be chill about it.
“I was telling GP, it’s OK, there’s nothing wrong with being frustrated, it’s just how you handle things. Obviously, he’s a talented guy. Teams are going to do things to minimize him. But I was just telling him in the middle of the game, too, that you got to keep your composure.”
The Green Bay Packers Have A Chance To Continue Winning In Week 10
As Peter Bukowski annotated, The Packers aren’t a good first-half team. They are 28th in EPA/play and 29th in success rate. However, the Steelers are one of the only teams worse at 30th in EPA/play and 31st in success rate.
If the Packers are ABLE to get off to a good start in the first-half, they could secure the game before the first-half even concludes. The Packers’ defense has to be feeling confident after holding the Rams to just three points (backup quarterback starting or not). In addition, the Packers may not have to worry about Minkah Fitzpatrick. That would be huge.
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