The Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos are slated to face off in Week 5 of the 2021 regular season, and there are a lot of narratives between these two teams. For the Broncos, they are wondering which quarterback will be under center at Heinz Field, while the Steelers are a team who are trying to forge a new identity as they look to right the ship after losing their last three games, dropping their record to 1-3 on the season.
At this point, it is time to check in and see who the pundits who call themselves experts like in this showdown at Heinz Field this Sunday.
For those new to this article, there are two types of experts, when it comes to NFL picks. There are those who just pick the overall winner, and those who expound on their picks and give a reason for their prediction.
As for the former of the above types of experts, there is a feeling of the Steelers finding a way to win the game, but it is far from a slam dunk pick. The folks at ESPN and USA Today almost have mirror picks. A majority likes the Steelers at home, but plenty like the Broncos to get their 4th win of the season.
As for the experts who actually put some thoughts, and explanation behind their picks, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports likes the Steelers, and here’s why:
The Steelers have looked lifeless on offense, while the Broncos could be starting backup Drew Lock. That means this will be all about the defenses. That means a low-scoring game with a turnover or two deciding it. I think at home the Steelers will be the team that makes those plays. Even with a pathetic offense, they win it with their defense.
Pick: Steelers 19, Broncos 13
The find folks at the Sporting News also like the Steelers in a low scoring affair.
The Steelers desperately need a win at 1-3 and unfortunately it takes a team with a worse QB situation than theirs with Ben Roethlisberger. Enter the Broncos, who might need to start Drew Lock over a concussed Teddy Bridgewater against a tricky pass defense in a potential one-dimensional attack. Pittsburgh has to win games with D and grinding ground game with rookie Najee Harris and this battle of attrition is just what it needs at home.
Pick: Steelers win 17-14
These are just a few sites who make weekly NFL picks. When you think about all those sites not listed above, this is when we turn to our friends at NFL Pick Watch, a site dedicated to tracking NFL expert picks by the week. They take all expert picks and put them into an easy-to-read graph for fans to enjoy. When it comes to the Steelers vs. Broncos game, 53% of NFL experts like the Steelers to hold serve at home Sunday.
What do you think about the upcoming game? Will the experts have it right? Or are they way off? Let us know your thoughts 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 Broncos in Week 5.