NFL odds and lines, Steelers vs. Packers 2013: Bets off for bout at Lambeau

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Sports books have been staying away from Steelers-Packers this week, probably for good reason.

The Week 16 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been held off sports books this week, likely out of uncertainty surrounding the status of Aaron Rodgers. The former MVP quarterback suffered a broken collarbone nearly seven weeks ago, and has seemingly been on the verge of return for several weeks now. It appears he won't be returning this week, however, perhaps giving an advantage to the Steelers.

Though there is still no line on any sports book at OddsShark.com, CBS Sports is showing the Packers as 1.5-point underdogs at home. Lambeau Field can be a difficult place to play, though the Steelers are no strangers to cold conditions coming from Pittsburgh. The Packers will start Matt Flynn, who came alive in the second half after a poor first half against the Dallas Cowboys last week in place of Rodgers.

The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff could work against the Steelers. At 6-8 overall, they are holding on to the slimmest of playoff hopes. If the Miami Dolphins win during the early afternoon, the Steelers will have officially been knocked out of the playoffs, and their motivation could wane as a result.

Overall, there is probably good reason why sports books have been avoiding this game. Matt Flynn's Jekyll and Hyde performance last week, the Steelers' threadbare playoff chances and icy weather all serve to make this game rather unpredictable. Bettors may be wise to stay away, as well.

More from SB Nation NFL

Ref Jam: How to fix pass interference penalties

Fumblr: In defense of the NFL stadium experience

Uffsides: Week 16 NFL previews TOO BOLD for TV!

NFL mock draft: Can Teddy Bridgewater save the Texans?

Stephen White: 5 ways to beat the Broncos | Overrated QBs, underrated RBs

Remembering a 22-year-old football player who died from a helmet-to-helmet hit

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.