AFC Conference Championships
The AFC is the elite conference in the NFL and this is going to be the game of the weekend. Even though this is not a matchup between the Colts and Patriots, this is a matchup of two fundamentally sound football teams and represents a football fan’s delight.
Both teams are great rushing the football. The Broncos averaged 158.7 yards per game in the regular season and they feature two running backs. The Steelers also feature two running backs and themselves average 138.9 yards per game on the ground. When it comes to total number of rushes per game, these two teams rank #1 and #2 in the league.
Their strong rushing attacks are offset by each other’s strong rushing defense. In the regular season, the Broncos allowed 85.2 yards per game on the ground while the Steelers only allowed 86.0 yards per game.
The difference in this game might just turn to their passing offenses. Although the passing statistics of the Denver Broncos are better, there is no doubt that the Steelers have the better offensive attack. With the maturity of Big Ben and the big game ability of Antwaan Randle-El and Hines Ward, the Steelers attack is the best.
As long as the Steelers play smart and do not turn the ball over, and keep Denver from having any big passing plays, they should dominate this game. The home field advantage will probably give the game to Denver in some way, whether its a fumble, an interception, a big passing play, or a big run, Denver squeaks out a win.