Week 15 Broncos @ Steelers Preview and Prediction
Week 14 is long gone and in the books. Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, Vontaze Burfict has been fined not once..not twice..but three times by the league. Now it’s time for our team and us as fans to focus forward.
This Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers(8-5) will host the visiting Denver Broncos(10-3) in once again another “must win” matchup for the Black-n-Gold. A matchup I not only see them winning, but winning convincingly at home.
Call it a hunch, but Broncos fans will likely have to thank safety, T.J. Ward for the onslaught that will be taking place. You remember the comment he made about the Steelers offense a few days ago:
“They’re hot because they haven’t played us yet,” Ward said. “A lot of teams were hot before they played us”.
Hehehe..I still get the giggles from that asinine comment.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. The Steelers are the 6.5 point favorites over the Broncos and are coming off a violent, yet impressive win over their rival and the division leading Bengals. Pittsburgh is not only considered one of the hottest teams in the National Football League, but also the team that no one wants to see in the playoffs. Both literally and figuratively.
The Broncos are coming off a slow paced, low scoring 15-12 loss to the Oakland Raiders last week. And once again will be without the services of quarterback, Peyton Manning for the fifth consecutive week, leaving backup QB Brock Osweiler to captain the ship against the emerging Pittsburgh defense.
Osweiler, who is 3-1 in his previous four starts had a difficult time against the Raiders in week 14 playing behind an offensive line that gave up five sacks..all of which to Oakland linebacker, Khalil Mack. So what do you think will happen when Denver’s o-line and Brock go up against the likes of one James Harrison?
Even though Osweiler threw 51 times, connecting 35 of those passes for 308 yards and had 0 interceptions, he also had 0 passing touchdowns as well. In fact, the Broncos did not even have a rushing touchdown either..their only scores coming from 4/5 Brandon McManus field goals.
As for the Steelers? Quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger finshed with a no passing touchdown game himself versus the Bengals. Going 30/39 and 282 yards with 1 interception. The only difference is running back, DeAngelo Williams had his back. Though rushing for merely 76 yards on 23 attempts, it was the 2 touchdowns that helped seal the deal.
Along with four Chris Boswell field goals from 42, 47, 45 and 31 yards
and a William Gay “pick six” 42 seconds into the 3rd quarter, Pittsburgh looked virtually unstoppable. Marching up and down the field with ease against a dominating Cincinnati defense, while creating turnovers..silencing the Bengals normally high-powered offense. The only problem noticeable was finishing those drives.
The reason for that is Ward’s comments aside, the Broncos do have a very talented defense who does not like to give up too many points too often. The only difference is they honestly have not played an explosive offense like Pittsburgh’s all season long. With wide receivers Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. Along with tight ends, Heath Miller and rookie Jesse James and Williams coming out of the backfield..Denver will definitely have their hands full.
Long story short..this is December. And the one thing that the Steelers do on a continuous basis in December at home is win..Win..”WIN”! I don’t see this Sunday afternoon’s game straying from the norm.
Ending the Broncos streak of opposing teams scoring 30 points or more. So it is written. #HereWeGo