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T.J. Ward, Antonio Brown and More Comment on Broncos vs. Steelers Matchup

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIDecember 18, 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) waves to fans after an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Steelers won 33-20. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Frank Victores/Associated Press

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman called the Pittsburgh Steelers the most dangerous team in the AFC. They've won four of their last five games and scored at least 30 points in each of those contests.

But the Denver Broncos aren't impressed.

"They're hot because they haven't played us yet," Broncos safety T.J. Ward said, per Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. "A lot of teams were hot before they played us."

The Steelers will enter Sunday's matchup against the Broncos with the fifth-highest-scoring offense in the league at 26.5 points per game. Pittsburgh might have had the best offense in the league if Ben Roethlisberger had not suffered an MCL injury. Michael Vick and Landry Jones filled in under center when Big Ben was out of commission.

Meanwhile, the Broncos have a defense that has carried them to a 10-3 record, allowing a league-best 17.3 points per game. It's not difficult to see why the Broncos are confident, but when healthy, the Steelers have been an offensive juggernaut.

Pittsburgh star receiver Antonio Brown is not letting the chatter get to him, per Jim Wexell of Scout.com:

Guys are going to do whatever it takes to get inside my head. Guys are going to do whatever it takes to put more emphasis on the game. But the real point of emphasis is this: Who's going to be the most detailed that day? Who's going to do their assignment? Who's going to win the most matchups? That's all that counts, man. The words, the chatter, we've got to stay composed and do what it is that we do: Be a professional and play football.

Aqib Talib or Chris Harris will line up opposite Brown, who ranks second in the league with 1,397 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. But Brown isn't the only weapon in the Pittsburgh passing game.

Despite serving a four-game suspension at the beginning of the year, Martavis Bryant has caught 38 passes for 672 yards and six touchdowns. Markus Wheaton has also been a factor in the last few weeks with 589 yards and three touchdowns.

"They came to the no-fly zone," Talib told Wolfe. "That's how it goes out here."

Although the Broncos have the best scoring defense in the league, the Steelers have figured out other elite defenses. The Steelers upset the Cincinnati Bengals on the road Sunday and scored 33 points in the process. A couple of weeks earlier, the Steelers scored 30 points in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, again on the road. Those are the second- and third-best scoring defenses in the NFL, respectively.

Pittsburgh may not have a code to crack Denver's defense, but the Broncos will be facing an entirely different machine Sunday. And after Denver scored only 12 points against the Oakland Raiders last week, the Broncos will be in trouble if their offense doesn't show improvement.

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