Finally, some real football (no offense, Pitt), and the Steelers are right where they should be: The Playoffs.
Road games? No problem. Everybody in Denver knows Steeler fans will be out in force today, and even coach John Fox talked about it earlier in the week.
Whatever. This game looks winnable, even with the Steelers diminished by injury and adversity, including the awful situation of assistant coach Kirby Wison.
Could the Broncos win? Absolutely. The Broncos should use the same formula they rode on their six-game winning streak: Keep the game close, run the ball effectively, create turnovers, boom some punts and long field goals, and -- last, of course, let Tim Tebow do his magic in Tebow Time (Tebow Time!) For some reason, we have a strange foreboding the Broncos' Eddie Royal may have a long punt return today.
If all that happens, the Steelers deserve to lose, and we will have a long, cold off-season to second-guess all kinds of things -- especially the decision to allow Big Ben to play after he got injured in the first Cleveland game. Still, this is a game the Steelers should win.
Somehow, the Steelers ended up with the NFL's top-rated defense again. Statistics can be misleading, though, and the Broncos should stick to what they do best -- run the ball. It's their best hope. As magical as Tim Tebow was earlier this season, he has not seen a defense like the one Dick LeBeau and the Steelers will present to him today.
This should be a fun game to watch. Then, hopefully, it's on to New England.
“I met with Ryan Clark and I informed him I am not going to allow him to play in this game for obvious reasons,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “It’s a big game for us, but it is a game."