The Pittsburgh Steelers are on a roll. They are winners of six-straight games, but head into a stadium which they don’t have the fondest of memories.
After a hard-fought win in Jacksonville, the Steelers now head out west to face the struggling Denver Broncos. The Broncos are two seasons removed from their victory in Super Bowl 50, but the team has gone through an extensive overhaul, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
The Broncos have tried to land some of the good fortune the Minnesota Vikings struck on by signing Case Keenum this offseason. The Broncos are 4-6 and unless they turn things around quickly, will miss the playoffs.
While they are not quite the same team, or even the same dominating defense, they still are a very capable opponent. They just took down a hot Los Angeles Chargers team and are looking to continue that impressive play against Pittsburgh.
There are three players who the Steelers need to pay special attention to Sunday afternoon.
This kind of goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway. Von Miller is always at the top of the list of players to gameplan for.
While this Denver defense isn’t the dominating unit that won them a Super Bowl recently, Miller is still one of the elite pass-rushers in the NFL. His 10 sacks leads the Broncos and is tied for third-most in the league.
Al Villanueva will have arguably his toughest matchup of the season this Sunday facing off with Miller. Villanueva will have to have some help throughout the game, whether that be a tight end or running back helping double-team him. Villanueva might be having a Pro Bowl-caliber season, but this will be a great test of how he handles elite edge rushers.
Miller is part of a great duo Denver has put together that get after the quarterback.