Last Updated: Sep 08, 2012 1:20 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers: New Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley brings in a new offensive scheme to Pittsburgh that has Big Ben and the wide-outs buzzing. In recent years, much like the NFL, the Steelers have went away from the ground-and-pound offense and have put more responsibility in the hands of franchise quarterback Ben Rothlisberger. Last season Rothlisberger averaged 32 attempts per game and that number should increase with the not so clear backfield situation.
The Broncos defense has a great pass rush and played very well to end the season last year. With Rothlisberger's ability to evade the rush and turn a broken play into a big one the Broncos defense could prove vulnerable to the deep ball this week. Mike Wallace is back but could take a bit to get back into football shape, enter Antonio Brown. Brown is the guy to play this week along with Big Ben who has low end QB1 potential.
Good starts: Ben Rothlisberger, Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace
Middle of the road: Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer
Bad starts: Heath Miller, Emmanuel Sanders
Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning sat out all of the 2011 season recovering from multiple neck surgeries. That wasn't enough to keep John Elway and the Denver Broncos from going out and getting him. The Broncos led the league in rushing attempts last season with Tebow at the helm but that is guaranteed to change and have the offense look much like the Colts use to.
Manning will have a lot to prove on Sunday night and knows everyone will be watching Sunday night, look for big things out of No. 18 Sunday night. Willis McGahee is the clear cut starter here but against the tough Steelers defense he will be a tough play this week. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will undoubtedly be the beneficiaries of the Manning onslaught.
Good starts: Peyton Manning, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas
Middle of the road: Willis McGahee, Joel Dreesen, Jacob Tamme
Bad starts: Brandon Stokley, Ronnie Hillman
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