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Rulon Velvet Jones
11-04-2009, 10:21 AM
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Pittsburgh at Denver
When: 8:30 PM ET
Watch: ESPN
More scouting reports: Week 9
Scouts Inc. Position Advantage
QB: PITT
RB: DEN
WR: PITT
OL: DEN
DL: PITT
LB: PITT
DB: DEN
ST: DEN
Coach: PITT


After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Steelers-Broncos matchup.


1. Could this be a "pass-heavy" game? Both of these offenses are capable of being physical with the run, but the defenses in this game could dictate a lot of multi-receiver sets with liberal passing. Pittsburgh's identity already revolves around the pass offense, while Denver would like to run the ball -- but that's not happening against the rock-solid Steeler run defense. With two really good defenses, do not be surprised if this is a wide-open offensive game with creative play calling.

2. Can Big Ben exploit this good Denver defense? The Broncos are near the top in every NFL defensive category. They play with composure and they show good discipline, so Big Ben must be very precise with his throws and decisions. Right now he has total command of this offense, he's seeing the entire field and he can extend plays with his feet. He must keep his eyes on three guys to be successful: ROL Elvis Dumervil, FS Brian Dawkins, and DC Champ Bailey. If he controls them, his offense will be productive.

3. Where are the game-changing plays, Pittsburgh? The Steelers are surprisingly struggling in the turnover/takeaway category and their -3 differential is in the bottom third of the NFL. This is usually a defense that gets turnovers in bunches, which gives the offense a short field to work with. They are starting to pick up the pass rush with sacks, which is their strength, but they still don't pick a lot of balls off. Denver has a pretty efficient offense with Kyle Orton, but their pass protection last week was not very good. A strong blitz package against Orton that creates a couple of turnovers would be ideal for Pittsburgh.

4. Clean up the special teams. Pittsburgh is still looking for better production in the kicking game, especially in kickoff coverage. They have given up two touchdowns in the last two weeks on kickoffs and their lane discipline has been shaky. In addition, returner Stefan Logan is not providing a lot of big explosive plays and they may make a switch in the near future. These glitches on special teams are keeping inferior opponents in the game against the Steelers and that puts added pressure on them in the fourth quarter. Denver has an explosive return specialist in Eddie Royal and containing him will be an important goal for Pittsburgh.

5. How will Denver pressure Big Ben? The Broncos like to bring inside pressure to flush QBs out of the pocket and make them throw on the run, but Roethlisberger is the best in the league at moving around the pocket or rolling out to extend the play. He can throw while moving right or left and that inside pressure may lead to some productive broken plays. The Broncos could bring heat off the edges with some corner blitzes to put extra pressure on the Pittsburgh tackles. They could also force some max-protection schemes with tight ends and backs that could hinder Pitt's spread offense.

6. Better pass protection, Denver! The usually good Broncos' offensive line did not seem prepared for the Baltimore defensive pressure last week, as they didn't hold their blocks long enough and didn't seem to recognize the new blitzes that the Ravens brought. We know that Pittsburgh will bring blitz packages from all directions and Denver can't afford for rushers to come free and force Orton to resort to short checkdowns off of hot reads, because we know that Orton cannot escape pressure with his feet.

7. Where is Denver ROLB Elvis Dumervil? He is undersized, an explosive leverage pass rusher and he can take over a game, as all 10 of his sacks have come in only four games. The Steelers' tackles, OLT Max Starks and ROT Willie Colon, are pass-blocking well but do they have the quickness to hold up against Dumervil without help? Also, the coaches will move him around the defensive formation and look for favorable matchups. The last thing Pittsburgh wants to do is use Heath Miller or a back to chip-in and help out the tackles.

8. The Broncos need to recognize the blitz. When he gets a lot of blitz pressure Orton gets the ball out quickly, which is a good thing -- he played a nearly mistake-free game last week against a lot of blitzes -- but it can make his passing game predictable with a lot of underneath throws. The better Denver is at picking up the blitz, the more Orton can take advantage of the entire field.

9. Will Denver spread out the Pittsburgh defense? Head coach Josh McDaniels learned at New England that a good way to attack the Steelers defense is to spread them out with multi-receiver sets and take them deeper in their nickel and dime packages than they are capable of going. The Broncos have quality vertical receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal who will be matched up against defensive backs that are not great turn-and-run cover guys.

10. Matchup to watch: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Denver S Brian Dawkins. These are two veteran players who are at the top of their games right now. Dawkins is a savvy centerfielder who sits back and waits until the last second to jump the route. Big Ben will try to maneuver Dawkins with his eyes and make a pump fake to open up the middle of the field, but Dawkins does not "bite" on plays or get out of position very often and, in fact, won't tip his break on the ball until it is in the air. This is a classic chess match between two cerebral players.


Prediction
Pittsburgh 28
Denver 27

DenverBroncosJM
11-04-2009, 10:27 AM
We must be getting better its only a one point loss this week isnt it normally a three point loss?

outdoor_miner
11-04-2009, 10:44 AM
The patented Scouts Inc "close game" prediction. Wednesday's wouldn't be the same without it! :flower:

I'm starting to get excited for this game. I have such a love/hate relationship with Monday night games. Sunday's are a lot less fun without the Broncos playing, and the wait for Monday is excruciating.

I really think we'll come out with a stronger showing. I truly believe last week was an aberration, but we'll see on Monday. It'll be nice to be playing at home to try to bounce back. I'm pretty nervous about Roethlisberger and his ability to move around in the pocket and avoid pressure (pretty much exactly what Flacco managed to do last week).

Karenin
11-04-2009, 10:52 AM
WR: PITT

lol, no. the rest is pretty good though.

ludo21
11-04-2009, 10:59 AM
the more I look at the game the less enthused I become.

Orton and the OL have to win this game for us... I am scared if they show up like last week.

Irish Stout
11-04-2009, 11:00 AM
I'm questioning that our Oline is better with Harris out and Hamilton clearly having a case of the sucks.

azbroncfan
11-04-2009, 11:02 AM
lol, no. the rest is pretty good though.

Our WR have been severely under performing this year.

55CrushEm
11-04-2009, 11:26 AM
Our WR have been severely under performing this year.

Yup.....based on THIS year.....I agree with the WR edge going to the Squeelers.

SonOfLe-loLang
11-04-2009, 11:38 AM
The thing that scares me about the steelers is that they are identical to the ravens. If they can pressure the broncos up the middle, we'll have some trouble

HAT
11-04-2009, 12:00 PM
There is no way in hell that this game sees 45 points....Let alone 55.

Rabb
11-04-2009, 01:01 PM
There is no way in hell that this game sees 45 points....Let alone 55.

the over/under is 40

I am thinking over

TailgateNut
11-04-2009, 01:17 PM
the over/under is 40

I am thinking over


1 point maybe

Tombstone RJ
11-04-2009, 01:28 PM
I'm predicting a blowout by the Broncos. I think this is where they shut up all the naysayers.

Face it, Pitts oline is not very good, period.

Broncos win this in a phuk-you fashion. Broncos win this going away.

Rulon Velvet Jones
11-04-2009, 01:47 PM
I'm predicting a blowout by the Broncos. I think this is where they shut up all the naysayers.

Face it, Pitts oline is not very good, period.

Broncos win this in a phuk-you fashion. Broncos win this going away.

Even if they break through that o-line, they still have to wrap up Roethlisberger. The tackling of Flacco was rough and lead to some big plays that never should have happened.

Tombstone RJ
11-04-2009, 01:50 PM
Even if they break through that o-line, they still have to wrap up Roethlisberger. The tackling of Flacco was rough and lead to some big plays that never should have happened.

You can't arm tackle the guy, that's for sure. But he's big and slow and I see Nolan taking care of the tackling issues this week.

TailgateNut
11-04-2009, 02:03 PM
You can't arm tackle the guy, that's for sure. But he's big and slow and I see Nolan taking care of the tackling issues this week.

Yep. I think I saw the D up in Genessee practicing tackling the Buffalo Herd which grazes up there.;D

BroncoMan4ever
11-04-2009, 02:06 PM
You can't arm tackle the guy, that's for sure. But he's big and slow and I see Nolan taking care of the tackling issues this week.

i hope he talks to Dawkins. i love the guy and he makes a lot of plays, but there was a Safety blitz where he got into the backfield and had a possible clean hard shot on Flacco for a sack, but instead of just going hard at Flacco and running through him for a sack, he had to attempt to dive at him, which gave Flacco an extra half a second to get rid of the ball for positive yardage

bowtown
11-04-2009, 02:07 PM
I'm predicting a blowout by the Broncos. I think this is where they shut up all the naysayers.

Face it, Pitts oline is not very good, period.

Broncos win this in a phuk-you fashion. Broncos win this going away.

I like your confidence. I think we get blown out again.

Karenin
11-04-2009, 02:19 PM
i hope he talks to Dawkins. i love the guy and he makes a lot of plays, but there was a Safety blitz where he got into the backfield and had a possible clean hard shot on Flacco for a sack, but instead of just going hard at Flacco and running through him for a sack, he had to attempt to dive at him, which gave Flacco an extra half a second to get rid of the ball for positive yardage

yea, it's really a crying shame that dawkins doesn't know as much about football as you do.

Rabb
11-04-2009, 02:51 PM
Dawkins was the very least of our worries

BroncoMan4ever
11-04-2009, 03:06 PM
yea, it's really a crying shame that dawkins doesn't know as much about football as you do.

you are such an idiot. i am not calling him out or anything, i am just saying him deciding to take to the air and dive or spear an opponent to make a tackle isn't always necessary. and the near sack on Flacco he had is a good example, he dove at him, Flacco stepped to the side and all Dawkins got was his arm, which left Flacco able to make a pass completion. had he just run straight through Flacco, not only does he get a sack, but Baltimore gets nothing out of the play, which i believe was on 3rd down.

oubronco
11-04-2009, 03:09 PM
Steelers 9000000-0

Karenin
11-04-2009, 03:09 PM
yea, you're right, i'm sure there wasn't a reason that a 15 year, multiple all-pro player attempted the tackle the way he did. fat, pasty white guys definitely usually know more about how to play football than guys like brian dawkins. hey, i have a contact on the broncos' coaching staff, maybe i could get you a interview and you could really get these players playing the right way.

SonOfLe-loLang
11-04-2009, 03:19 PM
I like your confidence. I think we get blown out again.

I'd be very surprised if we get blown out. Very surprised.