The Pittsburgh Steelers are taking on the Denver Broncos in the second AFC Divisional NFL playoff game on Sunday afternoon, January 17, 2016, at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Game time is 4:40 pm EDT and the game is on TV on CBS with announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms along with sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
This is the fourth and last NFL Divisional Round playoff game being played this weekend and the game hinges on the health of the Steelers key players. The Steelers come into this game fresh off a 18-16 win over the Bengals last week on the road in the Wildcard round of the playoffs. The Broncos went 12-4 this season and the franchise is turning back to Peyton Manning as it seeks its third Super Bowl win in 2016. Both teams have elite winning NFL quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning.
- Pittsburgh Steelers +7 at Denver Broncos (O/U is 38.5)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a Wildcard playoff team and they are a big 7 point underdog in the betting odds this week to beat the Denver Broncos in the second round of the NFL playoffs on the road Sunday afternoon. The Steelers are 11-6 this season. The six teams they lost to went a combined 57-42 (.576). The 11 teams the Steelers beat this season went a combined 86-92 (.483). Overall, the Steelers played teams with combined winning percentages of .516 this season.
Ben Roethlisberger has an impressive 113-56 record as the Steelers starting QB in the regular season in his career. In the NFL playoffs, Roethlisberger has a record of 11-5 including winning two Super Bowls. So Big Ben is an impressive QB in both the regular season and the playoffs but he has a throwing shoulder injury he will have to play through in this game.
The Denver Broncos went 12-4 this season to win the AFC West. The four teams they lost to went 38-28 (.576) this season. The 12 teams the Broncos beat this season went a combined 94-102 (.480). Overall, the Broncos played teams with combined winning percentages of .504.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning has a great lifetime record of 186-79 as a starting quarterback in the NFL during the regular season. In the playoffs, though, Manning is just 11-13 as a starting QB and he has won just one Super Bowl.
The over/under for the game is 38.5 points. The Steelers averaged 26 points scored per game while the Broncos averaged 22 points scored per game this season. The Steelers defense gave up 20 points per game while the Broncos defense gave up 19 points per game.
This is a very hard NFL playoff game to predict due to the status of Ben Roethlisberger. If he was totally healthy the Steelers would be a great bet here getting 7 points vs a quarterback in Peyton Manning who has a losing lifetime record in the playoffs. Is Roethlisberger healthy enough to play well anyway and win the game? Can Peyton Manning reverse an almost career long record of bad play in the playoffs? Tune in Sunday afternoon to find out.