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Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Gotta find Noah Fant sometime today.

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Right on cue there.

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Why in the holy hell is Pat Shurmur not running his $9 million running back inside the 5 yard line?

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

6 sacks.... we don't want any QB to survive this year.

Studlee14
Studlee14

I think we can definitively say Jeff Driskel is not a Franchise QB

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Simmons is having a good second half

Jay99
Jay99

He is

Studlee14
Studlee14

The defense has really played pretty well today, but they've been put in bad positions. Oje has really been tested

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Noah Fant for the Touchdown. finally getting the big TE involved. Good drive for the Broncos here. Royce Freeman running hard

Chilly303
Chilly303

Defense.... Von out, AJ out, Chubb still getting up to speed.

Offense...... James opts out, Lindsey out, Lock gets injured early, Sutton and Hamler coming back from injuries (and Sutton gets injured again), and Jeudy plays injured.

I'm surprised the Broncos are only down by 11 to the healthy Steelers considering.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Couple of lucky breaks by the officials, but way to capitalize!!

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

Very nice drive there

Jay99
Jay99

Okay well let’s see how we hold up

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Gotta have a big defensive stand here. One more shot early in the 4th quarter and the Broncos offense could flip the script on this game.

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

That's an unfortunate bounce for Denver. Big 3rd down

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

At the risk of sounding like a hypocrite, I love the shovel pass on 4th down there. And it was well executed.

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Theres the deep shot when Ben escapes and extend the play. Dammit

Jay99
Jay99

There has to be a reason for the injuries. This is crazy.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Try doing that with Von in there! 🥺

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Mental errors guys. Hamler has to sit on that football in the endzone.

nevets4433
nevets4433

Why do our returners have 0 awareness of where they are on the field?

Studlee14
Studlee14

McMahon needs to be gone yesterday

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Big forced fumble for the defense. Long hill to climb, but a touchdown here is imperative.

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

There is zero chance this team goes 10-6 this year.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

okay. I'm back. What'd I miss? lol

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

#Broncos TE Nick Vannett is having a bad day against his former team #Steelers. IMO Denver needs to start utilizing and playing Albert O. The offense needs all the help it can get from playmakers

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Holding #72. Where have we heard that before lol.

Bolles is really having a decent game again though

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Ooh that's a little ticky tack

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

What a throw from Driskel on the TD pass. Dropped it right in the bucket to Gordon. Wow

Studlee14
Studlee14

What a response by this team. For whatever faults you might have had about the coaching staff in the first half, this team is still playing hard when the chips are down in the second

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Man the Broncos are tackling very sloppy today.

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

#Broncos DL Jurrell Casey had 2 batted balls against #Titans and 1 today. Making it a priority

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Huge drop by Diontae Johnson! that's the biggest break the Broncos could have asked for. They gotta go score a TD now, but they have a chance once again. Steelers letting the Broncos hang around

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

KJ Hamler our there barking with the big dogs

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

Love the QB sneak on 3rd and short.

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

Steelers have adapted to Melvin Gordon runs from shotgun

Studlee14
Studlee14

Feed Fant

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

IDK if Fant got that right down in bounds. It's so close though. What a throw by Driskel and a helluva play by Fant

Studlee14
Studlee14

Driskel has shown more than Joe Flacco ever did

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

#Broncos have a chance to STEEL this one. Gotta go back to TE Noah Fant

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

If there were any questions about Jeff Driskel's mental toughness, they should all be erased. He has been far from perfect, but he's standing in there and making plays while taking an absolute beating behind that sieve of an OL. I'm actually quite impressed.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

I can't believe the Broncos have a chance to win this game in the closing minutes. Credit to Fangio and Driskel.

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Dammit. I'm equally unimpressed with his ability to know what to do with the ball under pressure lol

Studlee14
Studlee14

I would have liked to see them give the ball to Gordon on 3rd down

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Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

I would have liked to see them give it to him twice. You paid him $9 million dollars for a reason, and it wasn't to have your backup QB throw it twice in short yardage situations.

jammy4041
jammy4041

Steelers really sold out to stop the run...they effectively said with no Lindsay, no Lock, no Sutton, "we think you don't have the horses on offense."

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

Poor coaching and execution in the last 4 minutes kills us again. Do the Broncos even practice their 4 minutes offense at all?

Studlee14
Studlee14

wow

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

The Denver Broncos will roll into an empty Heinz Field as 7.5-point underdogs on Sunday. The oddsmakers view the Pittsburgh Steelers as overwhelmingly superior to the Broncos. 

That's actually quite the spread. Almost disrespectful, if you're the Broncos. 

Pittsburgh is good, but is it that good? It took the better part of four quarters for Ben Roethlisberger and company to soundly put away Daniel Jones and the New York Giants. It wasn't exactly what I'd call a display of dominance. 

One thing the Broncos have in common with the Giants is a second-year starting quarterback. How will Drew Lock perform in what will be just his third career road start? Time will tell. 

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What to Watch For

• DL Jurrell Casey needs one tackle to become the fourth active defensive lineman (Calais Campbel, Bal,; Linval Joseph, LAC; Ndamukong Suh, T.B.) with 500 defensive tackles in his career.  

• QB Drew Lock can become the first Broncos signal-caller since Peyton Manning in 2014 (10/5-10/23) to record four consecutive games with a QB rating greater than 90.0 

• K Brandon McManus needs one field goal to pass Matt Prater (141) for third all-time in team history 

Inactives

First Quarter

Broncos' wideout Courtland Sutton is active for Pittsburgh. 

Lock goes to Sutton on opening play, connecting for 20 yards. 

Broncos get a fortuitous pass interference penalty on Joe Haden on third down. Moves the chains again. 

Lock and company stall on the next set of three. Punt. 

Broncos force three-and-out on Pittsburgh's first possession. Punt.

After some nice running by Melvin Gordon, the Broncos turn it over when Lock is hit hard from behind. Fumble. Receovered by Pittsburgh. 

Lock looks banged-up. Goes into medical tent. 

Steelers moving the ball with wide-open crossing routes. Big-time separation. 

Michael Ojemudia drops an interception in the end zone. 

Steelers punch it in with a 2-yard touchdown plunge by James Conner. 

Steelers 7, Broncos 0

Lock heads to the locker room. 

First down, Jeff Driskel enters the game and throws a strike to Jerry Jeudy, who picks up yards after the catch. 20-yard gain. 

KJ Hamler gets his first touch as a Bronco, a solid gain of nine yards. 

Broncos stall after Gordon gets stuffed for a loss on second down and Driskell fires incomplete on third down. Punt. 

Drew Lock is questionable to return with a shoulder injury. 

Mike Purcell gets a sack on Ben Roethlisberger. Steelers stall. Punt. 

Diontae Spencer returns the punt nine yards to the Steelers' 36-yard line. 

End of first quarter. 

Steelers 7, Broncos 0

Second Quarter

Driskell hits Jeudy again for a 19-yard gain. 

Nick Vannett jumps early. False start. 

Broncos stall. Brandon McManus connects for 48-yard field goal. 

Steelers 7, Broncos 3

Lock has been ruled out. Driskel captains the ship from here. 

Broncos have a nice series on defense, breaking up a couple of Roethlisberger passes. Simmons gets home on the third-down blitz, batted down the pass. Punt. 

Driskel hits Jeudy on third down for a 15-yard gain. Jeudy shaken up on the play. 

Roethlisberger hits rookie Chase Claypool for an 85-yard touchdown. Ojemudia torched in single coverage. 

Steelers 14, Broncos 3

Broncos stall and Vic Fangio opts for the 58-yard field goal try. No good. Wide right. 

Broncos force the Steelers to punt on ensuing possession. Touchback. 

Driskel hits Sutton on a slant but it slips through his hands and is picked off. Steelers in business. 

Broncos hold them to a field goal. 

Steelers 17, Broncos 3

Third Quarter 

Steelers receive.

Roethlisberger picked off by Justin Simmons, Alexander Johnson negates a big return with a foolish block in the back on Big Ben. 

Broncos drive to the 5-yard line but three inept passing plays later, including a first-down sack, have to settle for the chip-shot field goal. 

Steelers 17, Broncos 6

Steelers threaten, cross the 50-yard line and decide to go for it on 4th-&-2. Incomplete. Turnover on downs.

Broncos drive the distance, punctuate drive with a Noah Fant touchdown. Two-point conversion is good, as Fant again hauls in the pass. 

Steelers 17, Broncos 14

Fourth Quarter

Steelers answer with a nine-play, 75-yard drive as Roethlisberger hits Diontae Johnson for a 28-yard score. Ojemudia burned again. 

Steelers 24, Broncos 14. 

Broncos can't answer. Three-and-out. Punt snap is dropped by Sam Martin. Safety. 

Steelers 26, Broncos 14

Johnson returns safety kick 24 yards. 

Benny Snell fumbles on first down. Kareem Jackson recovers. Broncos in business on their own 48-yard line with 9:41 to go in the fourth quarter. 

Garett Bolles called for holding on a first-down run by Gordon. Brings up 1st-&-20.

Driskel hits Hamler for a 19-yard gain. 

Broncos score on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Gordon. Great catch by the running back. 

Steelers 26, Broncos 21

Broncos drive deep into Steelers' territory. On 4th-&-2, a free rusher sacks Driskel, who inexplicably doesn't throw it up. Takes the sack. Broncos still have three timeouts but we're at 1:44. 

Broncos let Conner pick up 59 yards on a second-down carry. Egregious. 

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

Broncos will be starting 0-4 again.

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

This team is not a 10-6 team, it is a 7-9 team at best.

CharlieBeagle
CharlieBeagle

They didn't cover the spread


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