Why You Should Bet on the Steelers to Beat the Broncos
It’s true that when the Pittsburgh Steelers head to Sports Authority Field at Mile High this Sunday afternoon, they will do so without their best wide receiver, in Antonio Brown, and with Ben Roethlisberger either extremely limited in his throws or on the sideline. However, when the game kicks off at 4:40pm Eastern time on CBS, the Steelers still have an excellent chance to win. Here are some reasons why you should choose to put your money on Pittsburgh to win.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 15, 2016
It’s Time for Payback
The Steelers have a painful memory to get rid of in Denver. The last time they played a postseason game here, they took the Broncos to overtime, only to watch Tim Tebow heave an 80-yard bomb to Demaryius Thomas. All of a sudden, the Steelers were out of the playoffs. That sent the Steelers into a bit of a tailspin, as they posted consecutive eight-win campaigns after that. However, they now have a much better pass rush (although coverage in the secondary is still a concern), and they will want to show America again, like they did in the second half in Denver earlier this season.
Peyton Manning Is Fairly Fragile
Peyton Manning did lead the Broncos down the field a couple of times to help them come back against the San Diego Chargers. However, Brock Osweiler would probably have been able to do the same thing, given that it was the running game that powered the drive. Manning did not look terrific in Week 17. He is terrific at reading opposing defenses, but the Steelers haven’t forgotten how the Chiefs knocked Manning around in his worst performance ever. Denver has an offensive line that is relatively inexperienced, and the Steelers should be able to take advantage of that.
The Steelers Still Have Many Favorable Matchups
Even with Antonio Brown on the sideline, the Steelers still have Martavis Bryant, who can find open spaces in the Broncos’ secondary. Denver does have some injuries at the safety position, which should lead to some holes in the coverage. While Landry Jones is not Ben Roethlisberger, if he does have to come on, he has shown this season that he can throw the ball down the field effectively. Given the terrific pass rush that Denver brings, it will be crucial for the Steelers to block on passing downs. If they can, this could be a high scoring day for the Steelers. Look for them to take advantage of these gaps on multiple occasions.