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The Denver Broncos will travel to Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Week 5 matchup. The Broncos are 3-1 this season and are coming off a 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Teddy Bridgewater was limited after being diagnosed with a concussion in this game as he went 7-of-16 for just 65 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers are 1-3 so far this season and are coming off a 27-17 road loss against the Green Bay Packers. Ben Roethlisberger struggled a bit in this game as he went 26-of-40 for 232 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
This game is essentially a pick-em so it will be interesting as their records seem to dictate otherwise. Let’s take a deeper dive into these teams to determine where we should be placing our wagers.
The Denver Broncos love to run the ball and should lean on it a little more with the questions surrounding Bridgewater but running back Melvin Gordon III was limited in practice with a lower leg contusion. Gordon has had a decent year so far as he has 51 carries for 248 yards (4.9 yards per carry) with a pair of touchdowns on the ground as well as adding eight catches for 87 yards (10.9 yards per reception) through the air. Looking at their last game against the Baltimore Ravens, he finished with nine attempts for 56 yards (6.2 yards per carry) as well as two catches for 11 yards (5.5 yards per catch). If Gordon can figure out how to get more touches, it will do wonders for this Denver offense.
The Denver Broncos have been an incredible defensive team as they are allowing 12.3 points per game so far this season. Looking at their last game against the Baltimore Ravens, they gave up 23 points on 406 total yards of offense (304 passing, 102 rushing). Denver did a decent job at getting third-down stops as Baltimore went 7-of-17 during those downs. A step that this defense needs to take in this upcoming game is stopping the run a little bit more as the Ravens averaged 3.4 yards per rushing attempt. If the Broncos can correct their mistakes, they will be in a great spot to get back to their dominance in the early stages of the season.
Passing Game Needs to be Strong
The Pittsburgh Steelers need to pass the ball well and wide receiver Diontae Johnson has been the recipient of the yardage. So far this season, he has 23 receptions for 233 yards (10.1 yards per catch) with a pair of touchdowns. In his last game against the Green Bay Packers, Johnson finished with nine catches on 13 targets with 92 yards (10.2 yards per reception) with a touchdown. The Steelers need to draw up plays to get him open if they want to move the ball more consistently.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a decent defensive team this season as they allow 23.3 points per game so far. Looking at their last game against the Green Bay Packers, they gave up 27 points on 367 total yards of offense (236 passing, 131 rushing). The Steelers need to figure out how to get third-down stops as the Packers went an incredible 9-of-15 on third down. Pittsburgh’s defense needs to be better as they are allowed 5.1 yards per play. If the Steelers can fix their issues, it will help them get back to their old ways.
Pittsburgh: 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
Pittsburgh: 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Denver: 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- Denver: 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following annnn ATS loss