DENVER - FILE: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos meet at midfield after the game at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. It was reported that Peyton Manning will sign as quarterback with the Denver Broncos, barring a snag during intensified contract negotiations according to sources March 19, 2012. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Speculation had been going around for a few weeks regarding the possibility of the Steelers opening the season where they ended it, and it now is official.
This will allow the media nearly five full months of informing readers, viewers and listeners that FS Ryan Clark will not play, and that Tim Tebow 1.) was quarterback when the Broncos beat the Steelers in the playoffs, and 2.) Tebow is no longer with the Broncos.
Steelers will open the 2012 season Sunday night in Denver against Peyton Manning.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) April 17, 2012
Given the fact Manning hasn't played a game since the 2010 playoffs (a loss to the Jets), it will be interesting to see how he looks. Conventional thinking suggests he'll take to it again like a duck takes to water, because he's a football machine, but even machines get rusty.
Either way, the Steelers have a so-so record against Manning-led teams, and probably a worse record in Denver.
As Coach Tomlin has paraphrased from The Bible, iron sharpens iron. It will definitely be a good way to see what kind of team Pittsburgh will be in 2012.