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How the Broncos defense plans to counter the Steelers offense in Week 5

The Steelers and Broncos square off in Week 5, and it is time to look at how the Broncos’ defense will counter the Steelers.

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When the Pittsburgh Steelers play a team like the Mile High Report, an AFC rival, there is not a lot of uncertainty surrounding the matchup.

Sure, fans know the big name players from their AFC foe, but a lot can change from one year to the next.

With that said, I reached out to Mile High Report’s contributor Joe Rowles and asked him a series of questions about the upcoming game. He was more than generous to provide answers to these questions, and in this article I asked him what the Broncos’ defense plan to counter the Steelers offense in Week 5 will be.

How will the Broncos defense try to slow down Ben Roethlisberger and company?

Check out his answer below, and be sure to follow Mile High Report for the latest news and notes from the other side of the fence leading up to the game at 1:00 p.m. ET.

When the Steelers have the ball, how will the Broncos try to slow them down?

Fangio’s defense plays out of a two high structure and tends to keep a lid on big plays over the top. Philosophically they try to make an opposing offense take a slow methodical march down the field a couple yards at a time, with the belief that a mistake will happen and give them a favorable down and distance. Due to the personnel mismatches up front in the Broncos favor, I expect Denver to mostly send four with some games to create havoc and play coverage.

The prediction for this game is to be a low scoring affair, and this is a large reason why. The Broncos’ defense is similar to the Steelers’ defense, and they will want to make the offense earn every yard. Giving up the big play will be a back breaker for either team, and the offense who is able to connect on a big play might just be the team leaving the stadium with the victory.

Can the Steelers’ offensive line finally put together what would look like a complete game? Will Ben Roethlisberger start to play up to the caliber he set for himself over his 18 year career? These are the questions which will need to be answered before the Steelers can consider their current three-game losing streak nothing but a fluke, and prepare for bigger and better things down the road.


How do you see this game shaking out? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the upcoming Week 5 game.