First and foremost today, my thoughts and bests wishes go out to Steelers running back coach Kirby Wilson who was burned in a fire in his home in Butler County early Friday morning.
According to sources, Wilson, 50, suffered burns on 30 to 50 percent of his body in the fire, which began in his kitchen.
Thankfully, the injuries are not considered life-threatening to Wilson, who has been with the Steelers since 2007.
© Maurkice Pouncey, who along with Troy Polamalu, was named a first-team All-Pro on Friday, will not play for the Steelers in Denver.
He has experienced some swelling in his injured ankle and did not practice at all this week.
Doug Legursky will get the start at center with Chris Kemoeatu at left guard.
LaMarr Woodley, Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Keisel and Polamalu will all play.
© It's strange, but I didn't think either Pouncey or Polamalu had outstanding seasons.
Don't get me wrong, Polamalu was still very disruptive, even though he only had two interceptions.
But to me, him being a first-team All-Pro – meaning he was the best at his position – seems a bit of a stretch, especially when Ed Reed was on the second team.
Pouncey being named to the first team, however, is a bit more strange. Pouncey's play wasn't nearly as good in 2011 as it was in 2010. He also missed some games.
I know offensive linemen often get chosen based on their reputation, but I didn't see Pouncey as the best center in the league this season.
© This week's game at Denver looks like a layup for the Steelers. It seems like a layup for the Steelers.
That probably means it won't be a layup, particularly on the road.
Don't get me wrong, I think the Steelers will win. But it won't be easy.
Outside of the opening loss at Baltimore, the Steelers have played up or down to their competition all season.
This week will probably be no different.
But a quarterback who completes just 46 percent of his passes isn't going to beat the Steelers.
Pittsburgh will control Denver's running game, especially with guard Chris Kuper out of the lineup, and force Tim Tebow into some third-and-long plays.
That will spell doom.
The Steelers offense has struggled of late with Ben Roethlisberger hobbled, but should be good enough against Denver's 20th-ranked defense, which will be playing without safety Brian Dawkins.
Take the Steelers to win, 17-6