Pittsburgh Steelers Road Games Preview: One of the Toughest Waits in Week 1

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 20: A jersey with Manning and the #18 is brought into the the team meeting room at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre before the Denver Broncos will introduce quarterback Peyton Manning on March 20, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, entering his 15th NFL season, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7, 2012, where he had played his whole career. It has been reported that Manning will sign a five-year, $96 million offer. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

We've gone over the Three Toughest Steelers Road Games for 2012, but I wanted to dig into each of these games individually as well.

It starts with the opener.

Some important questions will be answered, like, is Peyton Manning able to withstand the physical contact required of an NFL quarterback? Part of that might be helped by James Harrison's possible (probable?) absence, and maybe helped a little more by LaMarr Woodley's notorious slow starts the last few seasons.

Playing at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Park Sponsored by Invesco and John Elway isn't an easy task. This isn't like walking into Cleveland or anything. A rowdy crowd probably inspired by a case of Coors Lights before the game will make things chaotic for the Steelers.

Some point to rookies being on the road for the first time as a possible Denver advantage. Those people have never seen a game inside the Horseshoe in Columbus. I can't imagine it was all that quiet for David DeCastro in Berkley, either.

Barring a disaster, Mike Adams won't start, but it's still loud for Max Starks. It just shouldn't be anything he can't handle.

Perhaps more than anything, the concern rests with Denver's defense. It's a group that can really get after the passer, as we saw in the playoffs last season. Their secondary isn't the best but the activity of their front seven makes them a very difficult team to move on consistently.

Your thoughts?

Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Preview: Six-Time Super Bowl Champs Face Brutal Road Schedule (via sbnation)

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