View Full Version : 3 Key Matchups: Steelers vs. Broncos

01-07-2012, 05:30 PM
Steelers at Broncos
Sunday, 4:30pm et
Denver, CO

1. Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller vs. Max Starks and Marcus Gilbert

Arguably the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL takes on two of the worst starting tackles in the league and by far, the worst pairing of any playoff team. Ben Rothlisberger has gained a reputation of extending the play, using his legs to buy time for his receivers downfield to get open. Since the departures of Alan Faneca and O-Line coach Russ Grim after the 2006 season, Roethlisberger has played behind one of the lowest rated front-fives in the league. Roethlisberger extends the play out of necessity, and is the best in the league at doing so, but even sometimes the pressure is too much, sometimes there is just nowhere to go. If any pass rush in the league can get to Ben, get him on the ground, and force mistakes, it is this one.

2. Tim Tebow vs. Troy Polamalu

Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, you need to be at your absolute best in this one. Tebow is going to need divine intervention to defeat this defense lead by Troy Polamalu, an advisary quite appropriate for the faithful Tebow, as Polamalu is playing as a man possessed this season. Polamalu and this Dick Lebeau 3-4 defense has the ability to confuse some of the best QB's in the league so getting into Tebow’s head shouldn't be an issue. His late game heroics have often been the result of blown assignments, defensive backs falling down, etc., mistakes that rarely occur in the AFC's top ranked defense. Tim Tebow will need to summon his best John Elway impersonation if he plans on winning this one.

3. Issac Redman vs. Brodrick Bunkley

If Denver has any shot in this one, its going to be on the backs of their defense. While Tebow steals the show and gets all of the media attention, it is the Bronco stalwart defense that has been the highlight of Denver's season. Lets remember, the only reason Tebow ever had a chance to make his epic 4th quarter comebacks was because the play of the D, and beyond their matchup against Minnesota, it is a unit that typically held opponents to under 20 points.

Bunkley has been the star of this stellar group, rated as the top run-stuffing defensive tackle in the league, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Against a Pouncey-less offensive line, Bunkley should have to issues continuing his dominance. With Rashard Mendenhall on IR and Mewelde Moore nursing an injury, the running game is dependent on Issac Redman and undrafted rookies; John Clay and Chad Spann, who have both been called off the practice squad in the past few weeks. If Denver has any chance at winning this game Bunkley and the rest of the front seven are going to have to stonewall the running game, pressure Roethlisberger into making uncharacteristic mistakes and force 2-3 turnovers that the offense can turn into points.

01-07-2012, 07:24 PM
Was YoungMoney1-178487 taken?

01-07-2012, 07:32 PM
I actually own the rights to the other 178487. My lawyer advised me to stop there as noone would try that many times and just choose another name... that nitwit is fired.

01-07-2012, 08:39 PM
edit: Nevermind. I apparently suffer from dyslexia.

01-07-2012, 09:37 PM
gentleman, obviously nobody is familiar with the nickname of the Steelers receiving corps, Young Money, 17-Mike Wallace, 84-Antonio Brown, 88-Manny Sanders, hope that helps.

01-07-2012, 10:19 PM
you are not a good troll

01-07-2012, 10:37 PM
You got served