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On Deck: Steelers at Broncos

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    On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every postseason game during the 2015 season.

    The Teams: The Steelers are an absolute mess right now. Ben Roethlisberger suffered a sprained AC joint and torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder last week. He's said he'll try to play, but it's hard to expect much. Antonio Brown, the best receiver in football, is set to miss the game after suffering a vicious hit in last week's game. The Broncos faded a bit from their early-season surge, but they get Peyton Manning back and their defense should be well-rested.

    Past Meetings: The Broncos lead the all-time series 18-11-1 but lost 34-27 to the Steelers just a month ago in Pittsburgh.

    Who's Hot: Brown had seven grabs for 119 yards in last week's Wild Card win over the Bengals, but isn't supposed to play this week. The Steelers' patchwork running back situation of Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint combined for 123 yards on 28 carries.

    Ronnie Hillman rushed for 117 yards and a score on just 15 carries and C.J. Anderson had 15 carries of his own for 95 yards and a score, but of course that was in the Broncos' Week 17 win over the hapless Chargers. Demaryius Thomas had 117 yards through the air and a touchdown.

    Who's Not: Big Ben didn't have a great day against the Bengals, throwing for 229 yards and a touchdown, and it's hard to imagine he'll be able to throw the ball downfield much without giving way to Landry Jones at some point.

    Peyton Manning is set to start after making his return from a long layoff in Week 17 in relief of Brock Osweiler. Having Manning back should be a boost, but it's still up in the air how good he'll be.