We have already talked about the lack of success that the Pittsburgh Steelers offense had on first downs against the Denver Broncos earlier today. Now we will flip it over to see the job that the defense did against Peyton Mannning Sunday night on first downs.
One of the key areas needed to beat Manning is to keep him behind the chains and as predictable as possible when it comes to down and distance. That process starts on first down, because if a Manning led offense gets 4 or more yards on the play, it opens up the entire playbook to him on second down. That is dangerous the way he studies Read more [...]