NFL Playoff Picks 2012: Experts Don't Expect Broncos To Advance In Bracket

The Denver Broncos are the big underdogs in the 2012 NFL Playoffs, which means the experts are selecting them to advance to the next round of the bracket.

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2012 NFL Playoffs: AOL Sporting News Expert Thinks Broncos Will Fail To Score A TD, Lose To Steelers

When the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos in the opening round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs, altitude will no doubt be an interesting factor in the game. Another interesting issue might be attitude. The Steelers finished the regular season 12-4, but still have to travel to take on the 8-8 AFC West Champion Broncos, so they will no doubt be itching to prove they are the better team that just happened to fall victim to NFL seeding oddities associated with the divisional champion format.


More: Complete Coverage Of 2012 AFC Wild Card Matchup, Broncos Vs. Steelers

Meanwhile, the Broncos are getting their motivation from the NFL experts and pundits. The ESPN panel picked the Steelers to win, the experts at CBS all see a Steelers victory, Peter Schrager of Fox Sports doubts Tebow's ability to get the job done, and now Vinnie Iyer of AOL Sporting News has also taken Pittsburgh. Here is what Iyer sees happening:

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos: The Steelers like to be aggressive with their zone-blitz schemes underDick LeBeau, but look for them to hold back a bit here. What has been working against Tebow is working to keep him in the pocket and locking up on his two outside receivers man-on-man. That leaves five to six defenders in the middle to stop the run and control shorter routes...On the few occasions Denver will trust Tebow to drop back, Polamalu will be ready to either trick him into throwing an interception or fly upfield to limit his scrambling. This is a pretty bad matchup for Tebow, because when he tries to throw to his wide receivers, he'll see them struggle to gain separation against the Steelers' physical cornerbacks.

Steelers 14, Broncos 3.

Iyer went 171-85 in his 2011-12 NFL regular season picks, and has also selected the Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints to advance to the Divisional Round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head to Broncos blog Mile High Report and Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more news and notes from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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2012 NFL Playoffs: Fox Sports Expert Takes Steelers To Knock Out Broncos In AFC Wild Card Round

Some people might argue that Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos don't belong in the 2012 NFL Playoffs and don't deserve to host the 12-4 Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon, but proving doubters wrong and bucking the trend has been the story of the Broncos' season so far. That being said, the NFL experts have proven unwilling to reach out and pick the Broncos to win in the opening round of the AFC playoffs. The ESPN panel unanimously picked the Steelers to win, the experts at CBS agreed on Big Ben pulling out a win on a bad ankle, and now Peter Schrager of Fox Sports can be added to the list of Denver doubters. Here is what Shrager had to say:


More: Complete Coverage Of 2012 AFC Wild Card Matchup, Broncos Vs. Steelers

Pittsburgh at Denver: It was fun while it lasted, right? Seeing Romeo Crennel's Kansas City D completely dominate the Broncos offense in a must-win last week, it's hard to pick the Broncos with any real conviction. Denver comes into this one on a three-game losing streak, withTim Tebow committing seven turnovers in those three losses. It'd make for a heck of a story if Tebow (the saint) got past Ben Roethlisberger (something, well, less than a saint), but it's not happening. The Steelers come into this one limping and bruised, but that won't stop the defense from creating turnovers and the offense from turning those turnovers into scores.
The Pick: Steelers 20, Broncos 10

Shrager went 170-86 in his picks during the 2011-12 NFL regular season, and has also selected the Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints and New York Giants to advance to the Divisional Round.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head to Broncos blog Mile High Report and Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more news and notes from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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NFL Playoff Picks: SB Nation Favors Steelers Over Broncos, 2-1

The Denver Broncos are just one day away from determining if they will survive for another week in the 2012 NFL Playoffs or if they will need to lick their wounds, regroup for the fall and ponder what exactly they are going to do with Tim Tebow. While it appears that the Broncos are generally committed to Tebow for the 2012 season, a poor game against the Pittsburgh Steelers could result in a change of mind.

SB Nation had its team blogs pick the outcomes of the game, and predictably the results are of partisan nature. Behind the Steel Curtain expects the Steelers to run away with the game, 28-10, while Mile High Report foresees the Broncos squeaking out a 13-10 victory.

SB Nation's Joel Thorman breaks the tie and settles this in favor of the Steelers:

SBNation.com pick: This game should be easy to explain, really. The Broncos overwhelmingly favor running the ball and the Steelers are a top 10 run defense. Tim Tebow's inabilities in the passing game finally end the Broncos season. Steelers win, 17-6.

That is a perfectly reasonable expectation for this game. The Broncos struggled to score three points against the Kansas City Chiefs at Mile High to end the season. Going up against perhaps the best defense in the league with a shaky quarterback? Tell me how this ends.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head to Broncos blog, Mile High Report, and Steelers blog, Behind the Steel Curtain. For more news and notes from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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NFL Playoff Bracket 2012: ESPN Picks Steelers Unanimously Over Broncos

The 2012 NFL Playoff Bracket is not looking good for the Denver Broncos, if the experts have anything to say about it. Over at ESPN, the 10 panelists choosing the game unanimously select the Pittsburgh Steelers to defeat the Broncos.

More: Broncos vs. Steelers 2012 | NFL Playoff Rankings

Despite being a Wild Card team, the Steelers are 12-4 and one of three teams from the AFC North to make the playoffs (the Baltimore Ravens as division winners and the Cincinnati Bengals as the other Wild Card being the other teams). The Steelers have the top defense in the league and will be out to bash a down Broncos team, one that has lost three straight games and has a quarterback who has yet to be in a playoff game.

As for how the rest of the bracket shakes out over the weekend, only Seth Wickersham predicts a Detroit Lions upset over the New Orleans Saints. The Houston Texans are favored, 6-4, over the Bengals while the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons are split at 5-5.

But we can't have a playoff weekend without an upset, right?

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head to Broncos blog, Mile High Report, and Steelers blog, Behind the Steel Curtain. For more news and notes from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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NFL Playoff Picks, Predictions And Schedule: Broncos, Lions Look For Upsets

It's time to cull the herd in the 2012 NFL Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, but which of those teams will advance to the divisional round of the postseason? We have the first-time participant Houston Texans, the long-suffering Detroit Lions making the playoffs for the first time in over a decade and, of course, Tim Tebow.

More: Broncos vs. Steelers 2012 | NFL Playoff Rankings

Saturday
Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) vs. Houston Texans (10-6), 2:30 p.m. MT, NBC: Can rookie T.J. Yates keep the Texans' dream of a deep playoff run in its first appearance. The Bengals also have rookie quarterback Andy Dalton leading the way into the playoffs. Which rookie blinks first? PICK: BENGALS

Detroit Lions (10-6) vs. New Orleans Saints (13-3), 6:00 p.m. MT, NBC: The Lions are road underdogs by at least 10 points on a couple of lines. However, this game could easily turn into a shootout between quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. PICK: SAINTS

Sunday
Atlanta Falcons (10-6) vs. New York Giants (9-7), 11:00 a.m. MT, Fox: The Giants have won the last three regular season games over the Atlanta Falcons, which means Eli Manning knows how to play against the Falcons. But two of those victories came in 2006 and 2007 -- an eternity ago in football times. The Giants were lucky to get in. Matt Ryan and company are looking to make up for last year's early exit. PICK: FALCONS

Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) vs Denver Broncos (8-8), 2:30 p.m. MT, CBS: If Ben Roethlisberger's ankle becomes a major concern during this game, the Broncos should have a chance in this game. The Broncos defense is strong, but the Steelers' own can be just as dominant and provide Tim Tebow with a long struggle. PICK: STEELERS

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head to Broncos blog Mile High Report and Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more news and notes from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 NFL Playoffs: CBS Sports Unanimous In Pittsburgh Selection

Just like most of the 2011 season, the Denver Broncos are going to be underdogs when it comes to picking them against the Pittsburgh Steelers. We need only look at CBS Sports' picks for Wild Card weekend to see that the Broncos are not going to be picked by the experts.


More: Broncos vs. Steelers 2012 | NFL Playoff Rankings

All five CBS panelists select the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the game in a straight pick'em. The only other one that the five are unanimous on is the New Orleans Saints over the Detroit Lions, another game that has a large point spread.

However, when the panelists pick against the spread, things change for both games. The Broncos actually have selectors turn to them since 8.5 points might be too much for the Steelers to win by. Three select the Lions since the Saints are favored by 10.5 points.

While none of these experts are selecting the underdogs in either of these games, we would be wise to expect one upset out of this set.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head to Broncos blog Mile High Report and Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more news and notes from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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2012 AFC Playoffs, Steelers Vs. Broncos: SI's Peter King Doesn't Like Denver's Chances Against Pittsburgh

The Denver Broncos enter its first NFL playoff game since the 2005 season, but the team is nowhere near a good state. The team has lost its last three games and Tim Tebow hasn't gotten it done offensively. All that combined with the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to Mile High, the 12-4 Steelers? This will require a miracle, and it doesn't look like Tebow Time works miracles any longer.

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, SI's Peter King adds this all together and doesn't like what he sees for the Broncos:

Tebow's going to have to be more efficient running the ball, and Willis McGahee, who knows the Steelers well from his time in Baltimore, is going to have to make Troy Polamalu pay when he comes down to be the eighth man in the box to stop the run. But you usually don't win a physical game against the Steeler defense.

Had the NFL done reseeding for the playoffs, we can be sure that the Broncos would not be the home team in the playoffs. The Broncos went just 3-5 at home this season, which does not bode well at all.

But playoff time seems built for what we saw of Tebow Time during the team's six-game winning streak. Or maybe Tebow Time has been an illusion, meant to seduce us and then drop us like flies. We'll find out Sunday.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head to Broncos blog Mile High Report and Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more news and notes from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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