Limit Rodger's chances by giving Mendenhall the rock. The Steelers are going to have to use their ground and pound game early and often in this one to help them win. We all saw how hard Mendenhall ran against a very good Jets run defense, and how he dominated the half himself. The Jets had 5 possessions in the 1st half which consisted of 3 punts, 3 three and outs, a fumble which was returned for 6 and a FG to end the half. That's the defense that has to show up against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. If Mendenhall gets off to a quick start then it will allow Roethlisberger to get more time in the pocket to find his guys. However as we saw in the 1st half of the Jets game if the run game is working you don't need to pass. However if the Steelers get off to another good start and open up a big lead they can't play a lackluster defense where they dont bring the pressure, because as we saw the Jets almost overcame a 24-0 game. The Packers are not the Jets and can score in a hurry, so when you get off to a lead they need to just build on it and stop the Packers offense because when playing against Rodgers, no lead is safe. But like I said it's going to come down to how Mendenhall plays, he's the most important part of the Steelers offense, as we saw him control the 1st half of the Jets game and the Steelers won the game with Mike Wallace and Hines Ward combining for 3 catches 20 yards. Also Big Ben will have to limit his turnovers against a defense that gets after the ball. When the Steelers do throw, watch out for guys like Heath Miller, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders to be surprise guys to make the big play.
On the defensive side, the Steelers should only focus on Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and James Jones as James Starks should be no threat to the best run defense in the game. I'm a huge fan of this Steelers linebacker core with James Harrison, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons and Lamar Woodley. Rodgers is extremely mobile and picks apart defenses when they bring the pressure but there is no better linebacker core that he has faced before. The Steelers should bring the pressure from the left, right and middle all game and keep Rodgers on the ground. The more he winds up on the turf the more uncomfortable he will be, and with Rodgers confidence sky high right now that's the best thing the Steelers defense can do. Ike Taylor will have his hands full with a speedy Greg Jennings but safeties Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark will have to do a good job at being aggressive and getting after the ball.