Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#265 Denver Broncos 43 vs.
#266 Pittsburgh Steelers -7
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
Written by Scott Reichel

This Sunday, there will be a football matchup between two AFC teams as the Denver Broncos travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. This game will be taking place at 1:00 P.M. EST and it will be the second game of the season for both teams.

Broncos Lose Heartbreaker On Monday Night

The Denver Broncos started the 2020 season very similarly to the way that they started the 2019 season. In both openers, Denver lost a one-possession game that it easily could have won. However, Monday's loss might have stung a bit more due to the awful clock management by head coach Vic Fangio as he decided to keep all three timeouts for the final 17 seconds of the game instead of using them during Tennessee's final drive in order to preserve the game clock. As a result, Denver did not have enough time to get into field goal range and it suffered a two-point loss. Now, Denver will be looking to get back on track with a tough road game up next.

Leading the Broncos offensively is running back Melvin Gordon III who was solid in week one as he had a team-high 78 rushing yards along with a rushing touchdown. Denver entered the season with the hopes of a "two-headed monster" in the backfield but Phillip Lindsay got injured which allowed Gordon III to get more touches. If Lindsay is out again, expect Gordon III to get a lot of touches in week two.

Second-year quarterback Drew Lock was solid in his first game, tossing for 216 yards with a TD and no picks. Considering the fact that his top receiver Courtland Sutton (shoulder) was out, Lock didn't have a whole lot of help. Sutton and speedy rookie WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring) are both listed as questionable. Hamler would give Lock some necessary speed, especially if Lindsay can't go.

Denver's defense will be led by linebacker Alexander Johnson who was great as he recorded a team-high 12 tackles and one quarterback hit. Johnson was decent last season but it appears that he might be ready to take that next step forward as a key contributor to this unit in 2020.

Steelers Look For Another Victory In 2020

The Pittsburgh Steelers started the 2020 season on a high note as they were able to defeat the New York Giants on the road by ten points on Monday. As a result, Pittsburgh is currently in a tie with Baltimore for first place in the AFC North which should come as a surprise to nobody. Now, the Steelers will be looking for their second victory this season as a solid performance on Sunday could potentially give them sole possession of first place in the division. Luckily, this game will be played at Heinz Field where Pittsburgh has been great historically which should help its chances for this game.

Leading the Steelers offensively is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who was solid in week one as he had a 229 passing yards along with three passing touchdowns. His performance was even more impressive when one factors in the season-ending injury that he suffered in the first game in 2019. Now, Roethlisberger looks completely healthy once again as he will look to lead the Steelers back into the playoffs in 2020.

If there is a concern, it's about protecting "Big Ben" with OT Zach Banner (knee) out indefinitely and guards David DeCastro (knee) and Stefen Wisniewski (unidis.) listed as questionable for this game. RB James Conner (ankle) is also questionable, but he may have lost his starting job to Benny Snell Jr., who had 113 yards last week.

Pittsburgh's defense will be led by linebacker T.J. Watt who make a huge impact in week one as he recorded an interception and two quarterback hits. However, Watt was unable to get a sack which was rather surprising and he will be looking for his first sack of the season on Sunday.

Best Bets for this Game

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Full-Game Side Bet

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These two teams were projected to head in opposite directions before the season started and nothing from week one has changed that so I have to side with the better team at home. Pittsburgh was expected to compete for a playoff spot and it took care of business with an easy road victory in week one while Denver was expected to finish outside of the playoff picture and lost at home in week one so I think that the Steelers are simply the much more talented team. As a result, I think that the Steelers should win this game by at least seven points.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers -6

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both teams have inconsistent offenses and solid defenses so I think that this low total might not actually be low enough. Pittsburgh came out extremely flat offensively before waking up in the second quarter but that was against one of the worst defenses in the league so I expect it to struggle for a bit longer against a solid defense in this matchup. At the same time, Denver's offense struggled in week one and it now has to face an even better defense so I can see points coming at a premium in this matchup. Give me the under as a result.

Prediction: Under 43

Half-Time Side Pick

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Pittsburgh managed to win its first game of the season on the road and now it gets to travel home where it typically plays even better so I expect the Steelers to get off to a fast start in the first half of this game. Denver lost in heartbreaking fashion and it still has a very inexperienced quarterback behind center so I can see Lock struggling against one of the best pass rushes in the entire league before making some adjustments at halftime. As a result, I have to side with the home team in this spot.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.