Denver will square off against the Steelers on Sunday night in Denver in a rematch of their epic overtime playoff game from last season. Denver and the Steelers both have a lot of new faces and have both been very much involved in making changes to their organizations this past offseason. Some has been good while some not so good, but these two teams certainly were busy between the playoffs and now as they hope to get back to the big dance come January.
First off Tim Tebow, who beat the Steelers with a huge touchdown pass in OT of their playoff game last year, was let go in Denver and acquired by the New York Jets. This was shortly after Denver made the big move to get Peyton Manning from the Colts. Peyton now takes on a strong playoff team and makes them undoubtedly stronger. All eyes will be watching Manning and this game as it will be televised nationally. This game could easily break some viewing records tommorrow, and i suspect it will. Pittsburgh comes into the game after an offseason that saw a change in offensive philosophy and the loss of several key players. The Steelers switched their offensive coordinator to Todd Haley who comes over from Kansas City. Haley did not come into open arms from Ben Roethlisburger who questioned the move and was quite surprised by it. During that time he also lost time with his number on receiver Mike Wallace who held out all of teh preseason until uust a week ago.
Given all of this, it seems there is no reason Denver should lose. They won with the same team led by Tim Tebow, so certainly Manning should be able to get them the win.