Broncos’ T.J. Ward: Steelers are hot because they haven’t played us

Thursday December 17th, 2015

Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward plans to put an end to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ hot streak when the teams face each other on Sunday.

The Steelers (8–5) have won four of their last five games and sit in second place in the AFC North behind the 10–3 Bengals. The Broncos (10–3) have won three of their last five, but have retained first-place status in the AFC West despite losing quarterback Peyton Manning to a foot injury.

But Ward says he isn't worried by Pittsburgh's hot offense.

“They’re hot because they haven’t played us yet,” Ward said, according to The Denver Post. “A lot of teams were hot before they played us.”

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The Steelers have scored an average of 35 points per game over their most recent five games, while the Broncos have limited their opponents to an average of 11 per game in the same span and have not allowed an opposing team to score 30 points all season.

“These are the games you want,” cornerback Aqib Talib said. “You want those teams to challenge you.”

Kickoff between the Broncos and the Steelers is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at Heinz Field.

- Erin Flynn


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