If you are the Steelers on defense, you have to expect that the Packers are going to air it out early and often. They are going to try and spread out the defense and see how much success they can have. In theory they will be able to get rid of the ball quicker and keep the pressure of Rodgers. The Steelers though on defense will absolutely be expecting this so you know that Lebeau will have something in mind to counter it. Remember, other teams have spread us out and they have had some success but we were still in the game with the chance to make plays. In those cases the offense didn't make enough plays when they had chances. Too often early in the year against those good teams we settled for FG's instead of TD's..or we missed FG's that were the difference in the game. The offense has gotten better all year long and we've been much better in the redzone. Anyways though for the defense, it's about holding your coverage and getting the pressure on Rodgers to disrupt their timing.
It usually takes Lebeau and the defense a few series to settle down in a game and see what the offense is doing. Especially against an unfamiliar opponent. Regardless of what the media says, this stage is too big and the Steelers are too good to get blown up by Rodgers. The media said the same thingsin Super Bowl XLIII too.
Just because you attack through the air doesn't mean you're going to have success all the time. The pass defense has improved significantly over the year in 2010. As long as the DB's can hold their coverage and make some plays, that will make the Packers think twice about going down field so often.
On offense for the Steelers I think you go after the Packers early, test that defense and see what kind of success you can have. We will most definitely run the ball, you can guarantee that. The packers are vulnerable against the run and that's just the ticket that you want when you want to impose your will on a defense. I look for the Steelers to get Mendy going in the 1st quarter early and keep it going so the play action is a viable option all game long. However like I said the Steelers will go deep and try to work the middle of the field especially with Heath and Ward and Sanders. One thing they need to do is open up that slant play, it's money every time.