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  1. blackglass3

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    So, I assume we're all on the same page of Pittsburgh going into Denver and winning handily. Tebow Time is most likely finished for this year (and maybe forever).

    Houston/Cinncinatti...do we get Andy Dalton in Foxboro? I haven't watched much of the Bengals this year, can we beat them?
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    The Steelers offense has been horrid the last couple weeks with hobbled Big Ben. If the Broncos don't turn the ball over, and Big Ben screws up once, the game will be close.

    I just don't see the game being a blowout.
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    Steelers have scored less than 15 points 6 times in 16 games, including the last 3 and 4 of the last 5 Rapeburger has played. Those defenses were:
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    They have averaged 15.9 per game all season on the road.
    Mendenhall is injured.
    Denver may not have to score many points. Pitt SHOULD win, but its not a lock at all with Denvers D.
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    I don't think the PIT defense will have much of a challenge with the DEN offense..at all.

    Roethlisberger's injury was the lowesr grade ankle sprain possible (Grade 1), and it happened on Dec.8th, which will be exactly one month from this game. Usually with the proper treatment, you can go over an ankle sprain in a couple-few weeks. He may not be at a full 100%, but he is certainly getting closer every week. Ben is not nearly as hobbled as some people think.

    I'm not sure what their problems on offense are, but I imagine that their defense will carry them just fine.
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    I would settle for Pittsburgh winning in Denver but Charlie Batch having to start the next game after that.
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    We get Dalton in Foxborough if our prayers are answered, that's for sure.

    Not only would it set up a great first home game matchup, it would also send PIT to play BAL.

    If this team can't beat the Bengals, they don't deserve to win anyway.
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    There problems on offense are that they don't have a very good one. And it just got worse with Mendenhall hurt.
    Denver can play defense. They can keep the game low scoring, and it would turn on a mistake.
    This is a worse matchup for Pitt than a better offense and worse D would have been.
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    The best thing about Den/Pitt is that Pitt has to make a long west coast trip next week, play in the cold, against a solid D, keep Ben from getting that ankle rested, keep getting those old farts banged up. They already lost Mendenhall and possibly Clark. Pitt will win but hopefully Denver can exhaust them whether they go to NE or Balt.
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    Worst case scenario we get Pit in the divisional round. I think we can beat them but let's hope Cincy somehow manages to beat Houston so Baltimore and Squeelers beat the hell out of each other.
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    i see the bengals being able to beat the texans, and securing a trip to us, and i would expect to beat them

    i would also expect pit to beat den, not sure about score

    a 1st round bye and then playing the bengals would be incredibly easy, or the easiest path as things stand right now


    plus i WANT baltimore and pit to face each other a 3rd time and beat each other up

    than well pick off who ever survives that game
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    Not scared of any of these teams, sorry. Saints in the Peyton (Payton?) Dome is the only scenario that makes me shake in my boots a bit.
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    I believe that if you think you are good enough to be Champ then you shouldn't worry about the opposition. But it sure would be nice if we get the Bengals or Broncos in the Divisional round :D
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    uhh... pretty sure if we get that far, the dome is the only place we will be playing them..
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    maybe the football gods are with us this year. I feel like we will get the bengals, than a hobbled steelers/raven team.
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    Steelers w/Mendenhall > Steelers w/o Mendenhall
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    I'm very anxious to get this going! I remember last year I was really confident we were coming out of the AFC since we were on a roll. This year not so confident but very anxious.
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    Pitt is in trouble right now. Mendenhall is out next week, maybe longer. Ben is not nearly as effective. They won't have Ryan Clark next week @ Mile High due to his sickle cell condition. As poor as Denver has looked, they have a legit shot next week.
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    If Mendenhall holds onto the ball(which he has this year, just 1 fumble lost), he's a gamechanger and easily the better RB. This is a big loss for the Steelers
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    pitt is a horrible road team this season

    it is the playoffs but this looks like a good draw for denver
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    The problem is the worst offense in the NFL facing the best defense.
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    Hehe I hear yah bud, I want the games to start right.........NOW!
    Two weeks will feel like an eternity I'm sure, but it is obviously so valuable for a team to rest up and prepare.
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    In the Pitt/Denver game, it should be a low scoring affair and I expect Pitt to eek out a win similar to how they did earlier today. However, it is possible that Denver rekindles that "magic" during their 6-game win steak. Granted, they will have to have some breaks fall their way, but Pitt has not played great on the road as others here have pointed out, and they have key players banged up and/or injured who will either be held out or operating at less than full strength next weekend.

    Cincy is a solid team from what I saw today. They gave Baltimore all they could handle and had a shot at the end. And like Cincy, the Texans can run the ball and play effective defense. Both teams are pretty evenly matched, but the Bengals have the advantage at QB, which could prove the deciding factor in the matchup.

    I know some here consider Cincy the easy draw, but IMO there is no easy draw in a league where on any given Sunday, any team can go down. As we know, of course, this phenomenon is heightened in the postseason, where a team wins or go home till next preseason if they fail to execute better than their opponent.
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    Just saw on NBC we have the saturday night game in the divisional round. Anybody have a link to the rest of the schedule?? That's all I caught
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