Shades Of Elway

Posted by Posted by Rich Brown On 6:27 PM

In a Monday night showdown at Mile High Stadium in Denver, the Steelers (5-2) are taking on the Broncos (6-1) in an AFC battle on the gridiron. Pittsburgh is going into the game after a relaxing bye week and a four game win streak. Banged up players Troy Polamalu (knee), Lawrence Timmons (ankle), and Willie Parker (turf toe) all got some much needed rest and should be good to go. Meanwhile, Denver is coming off a pretty bad loss against the Baltimore Birdies, who spoiled their previously undefeated record.
A big issue coming into this game is whether or not Steelers safety Ryan Clark will play in Denver, as his life may be at risk. The last time he played in the high altitude, Clark, who suffers from Sickle Cell, had to get his spleen removed and suffered potentially career-ending health effects. Whether or Clark plays or not, the Steelers come into the Rockies with two weeks to prepare and game-plan for their opponent. I expect big things from Big Ben, as he always seems to play well in Denver. Maybe it is a little bit of extra motivation that his longtime idol and hero growing up was Broncos Hall of Famer John Elway, who is the reason that Roethlisberger wears #7.
The Broncos have been a major surprise this season, as former Chicago Bears quarterback Kyle Orton has been efficient and has not made many errors. It is not just there steady play on offense, though, as their defense is ranked among the top in the league. Newly acquired Brian Dawkins has been stellar at d-back and continues to disappoint the Eagles who did not re-sign him in the offseason.
Although the crowd should be crazy and the atmosphere will be energetic for everyone at Mile High Stadium on Monday night, the Steelers are not scared. They are one of a hand-full of teams in the NFL who actually thrive later in the season, in the chilly months of November through February. I expect an efficient day from Ben, over 100 yards from Mendenhall, and a TD from consistent primetime performer Hines Ward.

BY: Brian Fischer