The Pittsburgh Steelers were the league’s No. 1 defense in 2011, giving up 14.2 points per game. They were also ranked 1st against the pass and 8th against the rush.
There were 31 Denver Broncos’ points Sunday night that suggested that the Steelers could be in for a different defensive season in 2012.
Of the Broncos’ 334 total yards on offense, 94 of those yards came on the ground.
“For as much as we ran it against a pretty stingy run defense, we did okay,” John Fox said Monday. “Obviously there’s a lot of room for improvement.”
The lone rushing touchdown came on Knowshon Moreno’s 7-yard carry into the painted area in the first quarter. Willis McGahee led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 64 yards, but he also fumbled mid-way through the first quarter.
While the ground game didn’t stack up to the air game on Sunday night, there was still more balance in the offense than we ever saw last season.
As long as the Broncos’ backs are putting up 3-4 yards per play on the ground, and not turning the ball over, the rest will take care of itself.