Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers SU Betting Tips

Posted by Aaron . on January 12, 2016 in

The Pittsburgh Steelers ride into Denver this week flying high on the emotional energy that came with their shocking 18-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs. The Broncos got the rest that comes with the bye and feature a defense that will be able to do a bit more damage to the Steelers than what Cincinnati did. Let’s take a look at this matchup. Additionally, click here for our NFL betting lines.

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Why Should You Bet on the Steelers?

Ben Roethlisberger led the Steeler offense right down the field (well, down half of the field) during the Steelers’ last drive against the Bengals, dropping the ball off right and left as Cincinnati was in a prevent defense. Even though his arm was limited with two ligament tears, Roethlisberger was able to lead his team as far as they needed to be in position for the Bengals’ penalties to put the Steelers in field goal position. The lesson is that you should never count the Steelers out until the time has expired and they are still on the losing side. The tough Steeler defense will harass Peyton Manning (or Brock Osweiler), keeping things competitive throughout the day. As we saw last week, it only takes one play to swing a game.

Antonio Brown, WR of the Steelers.
It remains unclear if Antonio Brown will heal in time.

Why Should You Take the Broncos?

The Denver defense ranks #1 in fewest points permitted for the 2015 regular season. They have found ways to shut down a wide variety of strong programs — and the Steelers will be forced to stick to runs and short throws, as long as Roethlisberger on the field. Expect the Broncos to exploit that weakness and make yards come at a real premium for Pittsburgh. On the offensive side, even if Manning and Osweiler struggle, the rushing game is strong enough to propel the Broncos until the passing game finds a receiver breaking free against the Steeler secondary.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

There is no quarterback tougher in the AFC than Ben Roethlisberger, but the limitations he faces will make putting points on the board a real grind. I think the Steelers will find ways to break through, but I don’t think it will be enough. I’m picking Denver to knock out the Steelers, 27-17.