Why You Should Bet on the Steelers to Defeat the Broncos
Ben Roethlisberger has a sprain and two torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder. Antonio Brown looked like he had his neck broken by Vontez Burfict last week, and while he thankfully didn’t, it would take a miracle to resurrect him from the concussion protocol. The Steelers’ secondary has been quite charitable this year, giving up yards in large chunks to opposing passers — most recently to A.J. McCarron in the fourth quarter last week as the Bengals came back and should have had a wild card win. Despite the hurdles, betting on Pittsburgh might not be as crazy an idea as you might think…
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 14, 2016
So why would you even think about betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers? Let’s take a look.
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers
One factor is the mental edge that the Steelers seem to have over the Broncos. A few weeks ago, the Steelers mounted a huge second-half comeback in their meeting in Pittsburgh, winning 34-27. The vaunted Broncos defense found itself savaged, again and again, by Antonio Brown’s receiving prowess. Martavis Bryant draws Aqib Talib in coverage, giving the Steelers’ offense room to find holes. The Broncos do have a salty pass rush, but the Steelers were able to hold them at bay and pick up big yards down the field. If Landry Jones can find receivers down the field, this could be a track meet.
Another is the hard hitting that the Steelers deliver. They ranked #3 in the NFL with 48 sacks on the season. Remember when the Chiefs ran Manning ragged all over the field, leading to one of his first games ever? You can bet that the Steelers do, and that they have game planned to bring similar pressure. After a few sacks and knockdowns, it’s hard to say how well he will hold up. It’s true that Manning is a savvy reader of defensive packages, but Pittsburgh should be able to take advantage of the youthful linemen for Denver enough to bring some pressure.
Finally, the Steelers are looking for redemption. It was just four years ago when Pittsburgh headed to Denver for a playoff game, and the opposing quarterback launched a bomb in overtime to send the Steelers home. That quarterback, of course, was Tim Tebow, who found Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard bomb to end the game. That throw showed that the Steelers needed to revamp their defense — and they have, to some degree. That loss will motivate them when they arrive in Denver this time.