For the Broncos to win on Sunday, Andre Goodman just needs to catch the ball and earn a new contract from whichever team doesn't invest heavily in a scouting department...The fates are lined up for Andre to have a huge impact on this game and do just that.
All season, we've seen Goodman's man running freely through the defense with Andre either trailing by a solid 4-8 feet or giving too much cushion on comeback routes. We've watched opposing qbs go to that particular well over and over. We've seen Goodman come up with game changing interceptions when opposing qbs have gotten too confident in their ability to attack him and have simply flung the ball in his direction knowing their receiver would win the ball.
We now have the great Ben Roethlisberger coming to town to set the scenario for Goodman. The Steelers will have obviously scouted the Broncos D and won't be fooled by any coverage schemes. Their passing attack is predicated on finding the defenses weakness and using Roethlisberger's accuracy to attack that weakness. Basic Football. Outs, comebacks, and slants. The Steelers know that the Broncos will unleash the dogs with VonDoom and that those outs, slants, and comebacks will be open all day long on Goodman's side and will obviously attack this glaring weakness and play right into the Broncos only chance of winning.
Roethlisberger can't push off on his throws and this causes one of two things to happen. His accuracy suffers as he tries to guide the ball with just his arm strength and the ball sails on the comeback routes; right to where Andre Goodman is usually helplessly watching...or his velocity suffers and the ball tends to be behind the receiver on the slants and outs; right to where Andre Goodman is helplessly chasing the receiver that has just torched him.
No quarterback at any level can resist throwing to a wide open receiver. Instinct takes over. With the scouting reports and gameplanning, they won't try to pick on Champ and, being the smart team they are, they'll go after the glaring weakness on the other side...unfortunately for them, as long as the Broncos don't change anything about how Goodman covers, I'm guessing Goodman gets 4 or 5 balls thrown right at him...if he catches 2 or 3 of them, he gets his new contract, and we all get really really excited about sending VonDoom after Mr. Flacco.