The Pittsburgh Steelers won their third consecutive game Sunday, a victory that put them back into the playoff picture for the first time since 2006.
The victory was their third in a row at Heinz Field.
Pittsburgh (4-2) has won three straight games against the Green Bay Packers (4 2-3), a stretch of games that includes the Packers-Indianapolis Colts and Bears-Packers rematch.
It also ties a franchise record.
Pittsburgh is 5-0 against Green Bay this season.
The Steelers have been without defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau since the end of October because of a concussion, a suspension and a broken foot.
LeBeaus was benched for Green Bay’s last two games, including a 28-10 loss at Cincinnati on Oct. 20.
In his return to the starting lineup, LeBeauer has been a reliable presence, allowing just four touchdowns to quarterbacks this season, the lowest total by any quarterback with at least 200 attempts.
Pittsburgh has been one of the league’s stingiest defenses in terms of points allowed (29.8 per game) in 2017, ranking 25th in the NFL.
LeBaron has allowed 10 touchdowns in the past two games.
Le’Veon Bell has thrown for 1,872 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions.
The Steelers have held the No. 1 offense to 39.4 points per game this season and have lost six of their past seven games.
Le’Voe Bell has scored eight touchdowns and no interceptions in his past three games, and the No 1 offense is averaging just 30.4 yards per game.
Bell has had three turnovers in his last three games.
It was his third straight week with two or fewer turnovers and the third time this season he has thrown an interception.
Bell had three interceptions against the Lions and three in a Week 4 loss at Dallas.
It was his first interception of the season, a pick-six in Week 3 against New Orleans.
He has not had a pick in the first half this season despite his touchdown total of 15.
Pittsburgh had just three sacks on Sunday.
The loss was its third straight at home and tied the franchise record for the most in a single game, set by the 1994 Dallas Cowboys (12).
Pittsburghers coach Mike Tomlin is looking forward to seeing how LeBeaucamps defense responds.
“This is going to be a big game for our defense,” Tomlin said.
“We’re going to have to come out and get after the quarterback.
We’re going the right way and we’ve been doing it all year.
Tomlin said LeBeuches offensive line is working hard and that he believes the offense will take advantage of the Steelers lack of an interior pass rush.
The two best defensive lines in football have combined for five sacks this season in the playoffs.
Last week, the Steelers lost quarterback Brett Hundley to a concussion in the fourth quarter, but he was back in the lineup in time for the Steelers-Giants game.
Hundleys absence in the rematch on Sunday means he has not played in a game this year.