The Denver Broncos were a perfect 6-0 prior to last week but now all of the sudden, there are question marks. Nobody was expecting them to be 16-0 this season but a lot of people did expect a much better effort than they put forward last week at NFL Picks.
All of the sudden, that begs the question xoilac as to whether Broncos are back to the reality that everyone perceived them to be or if last week just a one-off.
The difference last week was that for the first time this season, the Broncos were not more physical than their opponent. With a second consecutive AFC North opponent coming off a bye on the dial, the Broncos may be in danger of losing two straight.
The Pittsburgh Steelers offense will take a good look at some of the weaknesses that were exposed in the Broncos defense last week and they are sure to work on them.
They’ll see that Joe Flacco had a high completion percentage and a running game that churned out 115 yards on 26 carries.
The Steelers will use Rashard Mendenhall to wear down the Broncos defense and then go to the air with Ben Roethlisberger.The Steelers passing game has plenty of weapons with receivers Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward and Mike Wallace, which means as long as they avoid throwing at Champ Bailey, they will be fine.
All of the sudden, the Broncos offense isn’t looking so hot. They are struggling to run the ball and they aren’t making plays down field, which has allowed opposing defenses to creep up to the line of scrimmage.
Part of the problem has been the decline of Eddie Royal, who is on pace for less than 400 yards receiving. With him being a non-factor, Brandon Marshall is facing more attention and it’s shortening the amount of options that Kyle Orton has in the passing game.
This is a unit that has all of the sudden grown compact and they’ll have to open up this week if they want to win. They may need more than just a handful of points to win this game so they better be ready to match some points.
The Broncos played a team that was very physical with them last week and they didn’t like it. Now they face a second consecutive opponent that is going to hit them in the mouth. Last week may have been a reality check but a lot of people are starting to feel that it is closer to reality than just an aberration.