NFL Betting Lines Steelers @ Broncos Preseason Odds

August 29th, 2010 by

denver broncos A lot of people like to think that the betting NFL preseason doesn’t mean much. They may add that it’s simply a warm up for the real season, a chance for players to get in shape, QBs and receivers to build a rapport and a chance for the coaches to make the final roster cuts. And that’s all true. But the importance of the third game of the preseason cannot be overstated and for 2-3 quarters this is a virtual regular season game.

More important, its chance for sports betting fans, coaches and players to get a glimpse of a team’s potential.

Come Sunday night when the Denver Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers hometown fans may not like what they see when their Broncos take the field.

Last year the Broncos started the NFL betting lines action as the hottest team in football winning their first 5 games and beating some very good teams in the process. But then the football clock struck 12 and this team turned back into a pumpkin. Rookie head coach Josh McDaniels did an admirable job but the fact was the team just wasn’t that talented and finished the regular season action 8-8 in one of the easiest divisions in the NFL.

2010 could be a struggle for this Denver squad as this team, but most accounts, has gotten worse in the offseason. Most noticeably, the team traded away its best player (WR Brandon Marshall). Without this Pro Bowl receiver QB Kyle Orton, a player of limited talent, should struggle mightily in the passing game. He’ll have to rely on rag-tag receiving corps and a rookie WR to try and move the ball downfield.

Against the Steelers this passing game will be put to the test in a very extreme way as Dick LeBeau should unleash the hounds against Orton and bring every conceivable blitz scheme at the QB as often as possible. With S Troy Palomalu healthy once again Orton will be running for his life as the wild-haired safety gives the Steelers a blitzing dimension the team sorely lacked last season.

While there is no substitute for regular season action, this game will be as close as it gets for both teams and Broncos offense is likely to find that it’s just not very good this year.

Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 8:05 Eastern Time and sbg global sportsbook opened with the Steelers as a 1-point favorite with an over/under total at 36.

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