The Week 15 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos will have a top tier offense going against the number one defense in all the land. With both teams sporting marquee names at nearly every skill position, this game at Heinz Field could be one for the record books.
The Steelers are early 6.5-point favorites at home, but who do the experts see winning this game? Do they think Brock Osweiler, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas will be good enough to put up points against a surprisingly stingy Steelers defense? Or will they simply rely on their "No Fly Zone" defense of Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware to shut down the high-flying Pittsburgh offense?
Being almost a touchdown favorite at home, you have to be doing something right, and the Steelers offense is doing little wrong these days. Ben Roethlisberger is averaging over 320 yards per game through the air, and the team has collected at least 30 points in their last 5 games. The combination of Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Heath Miller, Markus Wheaton and DeAngelo Williams is as dynamic as any in the league. The kicker is the Broncos have yet to allow a quarterback to throw for 300 yards against them, and haven't allowed a team to score 30 points throughout the 2015 regular season.
Something has to give in this matchup, and it was interesting to see who the experts liked in this contest.
At ESPN.com, the Steelers are heavy favorites to win as only 2 experts of their 13-person panel thinks the Broncos will be victorious on the road. The same can be said about the experts at FOXSports.com. Only one of their experts sees this game going Denver's way.
Here at SB Nation, it is a similar song and dance. Only one expert on their panel is taking the Broncos to upset the Steelers at home this Sunday. At CBSSports.com it is more of the same. One lone expert is picking the Broncos to leave Heinz Field victorious.
With so many experts leaning the Pittsburgh way, it justifies the big spread which has been placed on the game. Our friends at NFL Pick Watch, a website which takes all expert picks across the internet and compiles them into one easy to read website, has 89-percent of the experts taking offense over defense, as they think the Steelers will advance their record to 9-5 and further their case to make the AFC Playoffs.
Either way you look at it, this game should be entertaining, and as both teams have a lot on the line, there should be plenty of fireworks.