Our thoughts go out to everyone touched by yesterday's tragedy in Texas...
DB - A Familiar Foe - Zach Eisendrath
Ryan McBean spent the last two season on Pittsburgh's practice squad, so his familiarity with the Steelers is helping his new teammates practice for Monday. However, McBean (knee) and Josh Barrett (hamstring) again joined Ryan Harris in missing practice yesterday.
DPP - Broncos lineman feeling at home - Lindsay Jones
Tyler Polumbus is expected to make his first NFL start on Monday, and he'll basically be doing so in his hometown and in front of family and friends.
NFLN - WK 9 Playbook: Steelers vs. Broncos - Video
Baldinger thinks the Broncos need to challenge Pittsburgh deep, while Theismann sees improvement in the Steelers O-Line.
DPP - Kiszla: Broncos make mistake with Moreno over Buckhalter
Kiszla thinks Buck should be getting more touches than Knowshon.
DB - Breakfast Blitz - Gray Caldwell
Wonderful. The Broncos have decided to "promote good eating habits" by putting Miles on the box of some sugar-laden breakfast cereal.
ESPN - John Clayton breaks down the biggest NFL games of Week 9
"Keep an eye on Orton. Early in the week, it was revealed his ankle was sore. It's not a bad injury, just a minor tweak. But a sore ankle last season when he was in Chicago limited his mobility and negatively affected his throws in the final weeks of the season. "
ESPN - Countdown Daily Insight Center: PIT-DEN - Video
KC Joyner thinks the Broncos will try to go after CB Ike Taylor on Monday
ESPN Insider - Steelers-Broncos: 10 observations - Gary Horton
"Pittsburgh 28, Denver 27"
AFC West News
USAT - Mid-year corrections: How NFL's 32 can readjust & recover - Nate Davis
"The offense should be more dynamic as coach Josh McDaniels' playbook opens up. But the defense might need to self-scout after cracking in Baltimore."
ESPN - First-half awards and a look at potential second-half stars - Adam Schefter
"This season, when using play-action, Roethlisberger has a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating, completing 25 of 29 passes for five touchdowns and no interceptions"
SN - Week 9 picks: Eagles, Cowboys battle for NFC East lead - Vinnie Iyer
"Steelers 20, Broncos 17"
NFP - The Player's Picks: Week 9 - Matt Bowen
"It will be close, but Kyle Orton moves the Broncos down the field to set up the winning FG as time expires."
NFP - What is Roy Williams thinking in Big D? - Matt Bowen
"I’m the No. 1 receiver. But things are just going No. 2’s way," Williams said. WOW.
NFP - Diner morning news: ‘Skins need a new plan - Mike Lombardi
Yet another insightful look at what's wrong with the Redskins and Browns organizations. As is often the case, a must-read from Lombardi.