The Denver Broncos return home after Thanksgiving to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. How do both teams stack up? We preview this critical AFC matchup.
It has been some time since the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers have matched up against each other. Whenever these two teams face off, you can expect a battle. The Broncos have not seen the Steelers since the thrilling AFC Divisional Game back in 2016. Peyton Manning helped lead the comeback and the defense shut the door to a 23-16 victory.
Both teams are in opposite directions since that matchup. Pittsburgh is still one of the power houses in the AFC, but have lost Le’Veon Bell for the year after he decided not to report to the team. James Conner has filled well in his absence. And there is still the threat of Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster.
This will be the first time Denver has seen Smith-Schuster, so whomever is assigned to cover him will have their hands full.
This game will be critical for the Denver Broncos to win. They currently are in the hunt for the final wild card spot (who would have thought?!) and a win over the Steelers would be a signature win that could set the team up for success.
Until the season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers, this is the toughest matchup remaining on Denver’s schedule. Let us hope that they can give us something to celebrate after eating all that turkey.
Let’s take a look at what you should know going into this Sunday afternoon showdown.