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Michael Taylor 7th Nov 2009 - 18:29

Back Pittsburgh to Steel the show on Monday

Mike Tomlin may only be a third year head coach but, if his Pittsburgh Steelers' performance this year is anything to go on, he definitely doesn't lack anything in experience.

Despite being handed a typically tough Super Bowl winner's schedule the Steelers have refused to bow down to the pressure that comes with expectation, and it seems they're set for yet another run at the championship.

Tomlin won't be happy with the two losses they've fallen to but backers should look beyond that when they take a look at the prices for this week's Monday Night Football where they take on Josh McDaniels' Denver Broncos.

Coming of their bye week the Steelers are so easy to back at 20/29 to win the match and evens to overcome the tiny -3.0 point spread, even though the Broncos have exceeded all expectations this season.

It's not just because Denver finally got found out last week by the Baltimore Ravens, a team very similar in its line-up to the Steelers.

I just get more and more positive feelings about Pittsburgh as the year progresses, both in terms of offence and defence.

Ben Roethlisberger is putting up great numbers and, with his ability to scramble and fend of tackles, it makes him one of the toughest prospects for any defence to face.

McDaniels' message to his defensive line, and in particular the secondary, will be to stay disciplined but it's a task easier said than done.

It's on the defence end that the Steelers really thrive though.

They rank first overall against the rush and eighth on total yards allowed, which seems particularly bad news for Denver given the lingering doubts over Kyle Orton's ability to create a game winning pass offence.

He's done well since moving across from the Chicago Bears but he's far from the finished article - and that's exactly what you need to be to get success against the Super Bowl champs.

Perhaps the most worrying thing for the home team is how easily the Ravens found moving down the gridiron last week.

The Broncos have been so defensively tough (they're ranked number one overall) but they couldn't make any stops when it really mattered as Joe Flacco ended the game with twenty completions from just twenty attempts.

If Big Ben is given the same time and space then the Steelers should get unlimited joy both on the rush and aerially.

If all goes to plan I fancy Pittsburgh to scrap out a fairly comfortable win, with 5/1 about a 7-12 winning margin looking the best value bet.

Aside from the actual game, the battle I'm most looking forward too is the Pittsburgh offensive line against Elvis Dumervil.

The former fourth round pick is on course to put up huge sack numbers and he could find loads of joy against a line that all too often allows hits on the QB.

If Dumervil is allowed through then the 29/20 about the Steelers committing most turnovers could prove to be an absolute banker.



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