Both the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will take the field Sunday to try to keep their Super Bowl aspirations afloat. With so much on the line, most NFL teams go to extremes to avoid negative press; however, the Packers and Steelers can’t seem to stay out of the headlines this week. In a bad way.
After their last win against the Miami Dolphins, Joey Porter, the Steelers outside linebackers coach, was arrested after an altercation with a bouncer at a club. After the incident, Porter was placed on leave by the organization; however, he has been reinstated by the team, and the charges levied against him have been reduced.
Having one member of your team making news is one thing. When three people make headlines in the same week, that is a real issue.
Both Geronimo Allison and Sam Shields were arrested for marijuana possession in September and October respectively. Allison is facing The stories about each player broke this week, and if that was not bad enough, a third story broke about the arrest of a coach. Dan Perry, the Packers safeties coach, was arrested December 17 for drunk driving.
Now, there is now way to know whether some bad press has an impact on the outcome of any game, but the best teams do their best to avoid any distractions. With so little time to prepare for each playoff packers matchup, any disturbance might be a subconscious difference between a win and a loss for your team.
In the divisional round, each team will be facing a team they faced earlier in the season. The Steelers head to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs, a team they defeated 43 to 14. The Packers head to Dallas to face the Cowboys, a team to which they lost in Week 6 30 to 16.
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