Saturday, 15 September 2012

NFL Week 1 Review - Steelers @ Broncos

My Preview:
Steelers + 1 @ Broncos: Well, this is 11 points better than they were getting in the playoffs. I think this is a no-brainer given the uncertainty aboutPeyton Manning. Yes, the Broncos have a good defensive line going against a moderate offensive line but Ben has been in this situation before and excelled.

Take the Steelers
Why didn't I check the reports on how manning played in the pre-season?

Broncos defensive line could be very good. Derek Wolfe looks to have been a good draft pick. Getting pressure on Matt Ryan will be key in the next game and I really like the odds of the Broncos' defence keeping the Falcons in check.

Manning looked very good despite having lost a few mph on his fastball. Atlanta has lost cornerback Brent Grimes for the season. There was talk that the Falcons needed three corners for their defensive scheme to succeed - hence the Samuel signing. They now face Manning in a dome, down a top-class corner, and with Manning's no-huddle looking as effective as ever.

The Steelers were obviously without Clark for this game but they will not be getting all their defensive players back against the Jets - Harrison at least is out. The Jets offence will surely be over rated so I am very high on the Steelers defence this week.

I would also be high on the Steelers' offence - especially with Revis out - if I knew they would play to their strength, an explosive passing game. One thing that has me worried is the Steelers bragging about how they finally acquired a full-back. Forget about being old-school Steelers, ground-and-pound, go long!

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