The Pittsburgh Steelers have scored 30 or more points in five straight game. The Denver Broncos have not allowed an opponent to score 30 points all season. The Steelers offer three of the NFL's best wide receivers in Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. The Broncos boast the NFL's best cornerback trio in Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., and Bradley Roby.
Strength vs. strength. Irresistable force meets immovable object. Broncos vs. Steelers.
Yet there's more to this Pittsburgh team than explosive offense, says Broncos coach Gary Kubiak.
"The thing about this (Steelers) team is they're balanced," Kubiak said. "They've got three guys that can really get down the field and make big plays. It's not about one player."
The Steelers are also remarkably healthy, boasting only nine players on their injury report for Week 15, none worse than Probable. Compare that to the 22 players on the Broncos' injury report, half of whom are questionable or out, and you can see one contributing factor to why the Steelers are favored at home.
"Heath [Miller] is back and making a lot of plays on third down," noted Kubiak. "They're throwing it all over the place. [Steelers QB] Ben Roethlisberger is probably - I think Ben may be the best deep ball thrower I've ever seen in this league in my years as a coach. They're getting it down the field. Probably the big thing when I look at this team this year, last year they lost the running back. When I was Baltimore, we played them three times. They lost a running back. This year they've had another one step in and play extremely well. They are very powerful right now and playing really well as a team."
Brock Osweiler will have to sling it in order for the Broncos to stand a chance in this one. Here's how to watch the game.
Kickoff at Heinz Field is set for Sunday, December 20th at 2:25 Mile High time (that's 4:25 p.m. local Eastern time).
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air nationally on CBS (KCNC-TV in Denver), and if you're in the RED, you're getting the Broncos game this weekend in your area.
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Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline) will call the game.
Scouting the Steelers: Ben, Brown and more
After a brutal defeat to the Oakland Raiders last weekend, the Denver Broncos will look to rebound this weekend on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a match-up that has playoff implications for both teams.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
For more information about streaming Broncos games, check out our comprehensive online streaming guide.
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
Everyone with the Steelers is probable. Meanwhile, the Broncos are thoroughly beat up. The big names to watch are RB C.J. Anderson (questionable), S Darian Stewart (questionable), and DeMarcus Ware (probable), whose snaps are expected to increase after a shortened return to the field a week ago.
"This is another big challenge for us, defensively. Really the last five games, they've probably been the top offense in the league," Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "They're scoring over 30 points per game. They're averaging 404 yards right now, but they've averaged a lot more than that over the last five games and they're playing at home. They've been really good at home. It's a big challenge for us, but we're looking forward to it. I think that our team thrives on these kinds of challenges. It's a big game for both teams and it should be a great game."
The Broncos are 6.5-point underdogs on the road against the red-hot Steelers, according to the latest NFL odds.
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