Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Week 5 Preview
Denver’s Week 4 Collapse
Broncos Country agreed that the contest against the Baltimore Ravens would be the first team’s real test, and unfortunately, it was a test that they did not pass. The offense was only able to muster up seven points during the game, but it is also worth noting that starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with a concussion during the first half, and it felt as if from that point on, the wheels simply fell off the wagon. The defense could not get off the field, and the offense could not produce a sustainable drive to give the defense a breather.
Although the Broncos dropped a game that could have been an indicator where they may truly be sitting, it is not time to panic yet. The Broncos have already fought injury issues in 2020, and past Sunday was no different, with multiple players missing prior to the game and going down during the game. Plus, the Baltimore Ravens are a very solid football team.
This loss will not be the definer of the Broncos’ season–there is still much football left to be played.
Time For Big Ben To Hang It Up?
One of the bigger storylines around the league so far in 2021 is concern for Ben Roethlisberger’s health, and if he will even make it through the season, if things continue at the trend they are going. At 39 years old, Big Ben is hitting the biggest rough patch he has seen yet in his career. Through four games, Ben has been sacked ten times and picked off four times. Of course, the offensive line must also take responsibility for the first stat, but many of these sacks are a result of Big Ben being unable to escape defenders in the fashion he used to shed tackles and defenders in large sorts.
Even if Big Ben is able to get out of the 2021 season unscathed, it is very likely that he will have some big decisions to make about his career, and, more importantly, Pittsburgh needs to be planning for the future. Realistically, do not be surprised if Big Ben is not with the team in 2022, even if he makes the decision to not call it a career just yet.