Saturday, September 8, 2012

Steelers at Broncos: Pre-Game Review

Steelers At Broncos: Sunday, 8:20 ET, NBC

The last time these two teams met, Denver won in overtime 29-23. The last time these two teams met, Tim Tebow was QB. This time the Steelers will be facing a guy by the name of Peyton Manning. "He's going to be the same Peyton Manning, " LeBeau said earlier this week.

Expect Todd Haley's new offense to utilize quick passes and quick strikes to offset the Broncos pass rush especially if Mendenhall does not play (Steelers have still not ruled out him out for the opener).

Expect Dick LeBeau's defense to focus on producing more turnovers much like they did during the 2010 season. In addition, LeBeau will be looking for Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward to help DE Keisel. LeBeau still has reliable Polamalu, Woodley an Timmons to cover any tears in the steel curtain.

James Harrison is still not expected to play. He had complained the "knee still didn't feel too good" earlier this week. Harrision did not practice on Friday. Under Tomlin, players who generally do not practice on Friday, do not play the weekend.

David DeCastro was placed on IR.

Coach Tomlin looks to improve his opening day record to 5-1. Ben needs 10 completions to reach 2,100 career yards. Polamalu has recorded at least one interception in five of the last seven season opening games. Woodley is looking to record a sack for the third consecutive opening game.

Steelers current odds to win Super Bowl: 16-1
Over/Under Wins: 10
Strength of Schedule: 17, facing 6 playoff teams.
(USA TODAY,, NY Post, Pitt. PG)