This is an interesting matchup in that Denver will be breaking in 12 new free agent players.
Typically, teams that add that many veteran free agents take some time to gel. Of course, one of those free agents is QB Peyton Manning, so perhaps he will make up for some of those issues.
The Steelers will be without James Harrison and Ryan Clark on defense, which makes them a little vulnerable. But you can bet that Dick LeBeau will come up with something different on his 75th birthday to help make up for who's missing.
The Broncos will be without guard Chris Kuper (arm) and linebacker D.J. Williams (suspension). The absence of Williams is a big one. He's been tough on the Steelers over the years.
I like the Steelers, 24-20.
@ The Steelers finally placed rookie guard David DeCastro on injured reserve on Friday when they signed cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.
DeCastro will be eligible to return in eight weeks.
Van Dyke, meanwhile, will be used to help bolster the special teams unit, which was spotty in the preseason.
With that move, the Steelers now have just eight active offensive linemen and 10 defensive backs. That means a move could be coming next week when safety Ryan Clark is ready to play against the Jets.
There's no way the Steelers are comfortable having rookie Kelvin Beachum as one of their active players at this point.