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Postby linchao » 11 Feb 2019, 04:22

Ben Roethlisberger passed for more than 400 yards. The Steelers gained more than 500 yards.They scored 17 points.They lost.The Broncos upset Pittsburgh 24-17. It ended the Steelers’ six-game winning streak and dropped them to 7-3-1. They remain in first place in the AFC North ahead of the Ravens (6-5). The Broncos beat the Chargers and the Steelers in back-to-back games and have won three of their past five to move to 5-6 and remain in the wild-card race.The Steelers gained 527 yards , with Roethlisberger completing 41 of 56 passes for 462 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Steelers also lost two fumbles, one from the 1-yard line that rolled out the end zone for a touchback, and had a field goal blocked.Pittsburgh was on the doorstep of tying the game after reaching the Denver 2 with 1:07 left. But on third-and-two, Roethlisberger faked to James Conner and tried to hit Antonio Brown, who was well covered in the back of the end zone. He never saw defensive lineman Shelby Harris, who stepped into the end zone and intercepted the pass. The game’s other deciding play came on the Steelers’ second possession when Xavier Grimble fumbled at the 1-yard line on a hit by Will Parks. The ball rolled out of the end zone, and the touchback gave Denver possession.The Broncos got 110 yards and a touchdown from Phillip Lindsay on 14 carries. His 2-yard touchdown run with 9:17 remaining provided the winning points.Emmanuel Sanders caught seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown, and Case Keenum was 15-of-28 for 197 yards and two touchdowns.Conner ran for only 53 yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 42 yards. DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)OPEN CAMP: July 27, Englewood Todd Davis Color Rush Jersey , ColoradoLAST YEAR: Coach Vance Joseph’s first year was debacle in every phase. Denver’s anemic offense cycled through three QBs during soured season that included eight-game skid, franchise’s longest in half-century, and featured eight double-digit losses. Exhausted defense surrendered too many points and special teams were anything but. GM John Elway thought about firing Joseph but decided to give him second chance and then bolstered roster.IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: QB Case Keenum, DE Bradley Chubb, RB Royce Freeman, WR Courtland Sutton, WR DeSean Hamilton, RT Jared Veldheer, LB Josey Jewell Brendan Langley Jersey , CB Brock Tramaine, S Su’a Cravens, P Marquette King, part-time pass-rushing coach DeMarcus Ware.IMPORTANT LOSSES: CB Aqib Talib, QB Trevor Siemian, RB C.J. Anderson, TE Virgil Green, WR Cody Latimer, ILB Corey Nelson , QB Brock Osweiler, strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson.CAMP NEEDS: Broncos need Keenum to stay healthy first and foremost because behind him are two players who have combined four NFL starts, all by Paxton Lynch. Former first-round pick will be duking it out with 2017 seventh-rounder Chad Kelly for backup job in toned-down version of QB derby that’s been annual rite of summer in Denver since Peyton Manning retired.EXPECTATIONS: Broncos haven’t had back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72, and they have every intention of returning to playoffs in 2018. Having Chubb as cohort should make superstar LB Von Miller even better, and Denver’s infusion of offensive talent through draft and free agency should take some pressure off defense that’s been carrying team for three years now.—
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