2016 NFL Playoff Odds - AFC Divisional - Steelers vs. Broncos Betting Odds Preview
The banged up Pittsburgh Steelers head into Denver to take on the Broncos in the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Steelers are fresh off an action packed Wild Card round win over the Bengals while on the road in Cincinnati. The Broncos had the benefit of some needed rest last week and will now get a chance to play the next two games at home with a right to play in the SuperBowl on the line.
The Broncos are a rare team that was able to win their division as well as home field advantage despite having inconsistent play and injuries at the quarterback position. Peyton Manning began the season as the starter and performed far below his Hall of Fame level standards while the defense carried the team through multiple early season wins. Following an injury to Manning, Brock Osweiler took over as the starting quarterback. While he did not hurt the team and did a good job managing the games, he was not impressive overall. Osweiler started the week 17 game against the Chargers but was relieved by Manning who led the team on four scoring drives although he did not throw a touchdown pass. The running game has been a incredibly inconsistent throughout the season but is capable of providing a big game with the combination of C.J Wilson and Ronnie Hillman. A running game will help Manning greatly against the Steelers and their poor pass defense. The defense does give up a lot of yards however it also had 17 interceptions and 48 sacks. The health of star linebacker Demarcus Ware is on question after suffering a knee injury in week 17. He has not participated in practice this week.
The Steelers looked to be headed home for the rest of the season in the final minutes of their wild card game against the Bengals. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had been knocked out of the game and the Bengals had possession with a chance to run the clock out. In a matter of minutes the Steelers were able to force a turnover and Roethlisberger limped back on to the field with a chance to lead a scoring drive and thanks to a combination of his gritty performance and 2 incredibly stupid personal foul penalties on the Bengals defense led to the worst defeat in Bengals history and a unlikely spot in the divisional round for the Steelers. One of the personal foul penalties called resulted in an injury to Steelers star Antonio Brown who is now unlikely to play in this game as a result of the concussion he sustained. Roethlisberger is likely to play but is dealing with a sprained joint in his shoulder and is one hit away from being knocked out of the game. Martavious Bryant and Marcus Wheaton will be called upon to step up in the likely absence of Brown while Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Touissant will continue to be called upon in the running game in place of Deangelo Williams. The duo performed well last week with 123 rushing yards.
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