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6 things to watch for vs. Denver

Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Broncos heading into the Week 15 contest at Heinz Field.

What to keep an eye on in regular-season game No. 14 against the Broncos:

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: The Steelers have scored at least 30 points in a franchise-record five consecutive games and have averaged 37.0 points and 494.0 yards per game in that span. The Broncos' defense leads the NFL in yards per game (272.5) and points per game (17.3).

TRY, TRY, TRY, TRY AGAIN: The Steelers will attempt for the fourth time this season to win a third consecutive game. They've had two-game winning streaks snapped by Baltimore (23-20 in OT), Kansas City (23-13) and Seattle (39-30).

ZONING IN: The Steelers are tied with the Jets and Saints for No. 1 in red-zone takeaways (six, including DE Stephon Tuitt's interception last Sunday in Cincinnati).

ROAD CLOSED: The Steelers' two rushing touchdowns allowed trail only the Jets (four) for fewest in the NFL. The Broncos have nine rushing touchdowns this season. The Steelers' 56 rushing first downs allowed also trails the Jets (50) for fewest in the NFL. The Broncos and Steelers are both top-six teams in rushing yards allowed per game (Denver is No. 3 at 84.3 and Pittsburgh is No. 6 at 88.3).

QBs BEWARE: The two defenses have combined for 82 sacks. The Broncos lead the league with 44 and the Steelers are No. 5 with 38.

RIGHT AT HOME: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,077 yards with nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 109.7 in his last three home games.


GETTING HIS KICKS:** K Chris Boswell is one made field goal shy of tying Kris Brown (25 in 1999) for the most by a rookie/first-year kicker in Steelers' history. Boswell is 10 points short of becoming the third rookie/first-year kicker in Steelers' history to have a 100-point season (Brown, 105, 1999; Matt Bahr, 104, 1979).

DO-IT-ALL-DeANGELO: Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is the only player in the AFC with 750 rushing yards (773), 250 receiving yards (271) and eight rushing touchdowns (eight) in 2015.

PICK-SIX, REPEAT AS NECESSARY: CB William Gay's last five interceptions have been returned for touchdowns, the longest such streak in NFL history. Gay's 23-yard interception return for a touchdown in Cincinnati also tied Rod Woodson (five) for the most interception-return TDs in Steelers' history.

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