Steelers vs. Broncos: Why Pittsburgh has cause for concern in Week 2

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An underrated front 7

As mentioned above, the Broncos defense did a great job of shutting down the Titans running game. This was mostly thanks to their potent defensive line. Led by new addition Jurrell Casey and the returning Shelby Harris, this line has some studs on the inside. This in turn caused the rushing issues the Titans experienced during week one.

While the inside is beefy, the rushers can do some damage as well. Former top pick Bradley Chubb is still developing his role on the defense while Jeremiah Attaochu attributed a sack in week one. While the Broncos being down Von Miller is certainly a help, it hasn’t stopped this unit from pressuring the QBs. Even the interior options who can stop the run excel at generating pressure, making this front a dangerous one.

Luckily, the Broncos secondary has some exploitable issues, but it won’t stop this front from being an effective unit. If the Broncos and generate pressure early, it could be a long day for the Steelers passing attack. The Steelers would be wise to scheme against this unit and target the weaker secondary instead.