The Denver Broncos are watching the playoffs from home for the first time since 2010. It’s obviously not something they’re accustomed to.
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If the Broncos found a way to get into the playoffs, they would have traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. It would be the second playoff meeting in as many seasons between these two AFC powerhouses.
But one has to ask if the Broncos would be able to go into Pittsburgh and win this one. Let’s try to forget last year’s playoff game between them. Denver had Peyton Manning. Pittsburgh was playing with one of the league’s worst defenses and without Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.
During their Week 15 meeting last year, Ben Roethlisberger tossed 40 completions for 380 yards, three touchdowns and two picks. Pittsburgh won 34-27 after trailing by 17 in the second quarter.
Brown dominated Chris Harris Jr., catching 16 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Though Denver’s defense is once again among the NFL’s best, chances are they wouldn’t be able to keep this Steelers offense in check, especially on the road. Their awful rush defense would have a problem containing Bell, for example.
The Steelers defense is also much better than it was last season, and Trevor Siemian is not what 2015 Brock Osweiler was and he’s no 39-year-old Peyton Manning.
Though it’s anyone’s game in the playoffs, it’s tough to see how the Broncos would go into Pittsburgh and win. The Steelers exposed this defense at home last season, and there’s no reason to believe they wouldn’t do it again.