Pittsburgh Steelers will visit the Broncos on Sunday, for an AFC divisional playoff matchup. During the regular season, Steelers offense was successful against top-ranked Broncos defense. Can Steelers grab a victory again? Let's find out on Sunday.
Date and Time: Jan. 17, 4:40 p.m. ET
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
Live stream: CBS Sports app or NFL Game Pass
Last meeting: Steelers, 34-27 (Dec. 20, 2015)
During NFL Week 15, the Steelers utilized their high-powered offense to score three second-half touchdowns and overcome a 27-10 deficit to beat Denver. Steelers premiere quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, wide receiver Antonio Brown made 16 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
The Steelers managed to cover 377 yards of offense, which is the highest total of any opponent against Denver's tough defense.
However, three key players of the Steelers may not be present in the Sunday's game at Denver. Ben Roethlisberger is still recovering from his right shoulder injury. The 33-year-old quarterback is listed as day-day. Wide receiver Antonio Brown is in the concussion protocol and DeAngelo Williams is nursing a foot injury.
According to ESPN sports analyst Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers offensive play on Sunday might be "Handoff. Handoff. Handoff. Manageable throw. Handoff. Screen pass. And handoff again. That could be the early script if Roethlisberger is out."
On other hand, Denver Broncos look good as they head into the Sunday's game. Peyton Manning is expected to start at quarterback position for the first time since Week 10. He missed Denver's previous six games while recovering from a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Fortunately, Brock Osweiler step-up to rally the Broncos to a 27-24 win against San Diego in the final game of the regular season.
Spots analysts believe the Broncos will be more aggressive in the pass rush and keep an eye on Roethlisberger -- if he will play on Sunday.
The Denver Broncos are 10-3 straight up and 7-4-2 against the spread in their last 13 games against AFC North opponents. The team hopes to continue that success with a win against Pittsburgh Steelers at home this Sunday.
Denver is a 7-point home favorite in the weekend matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.