The Steelers will face one of their toughest challenges of the season when they take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Heinz Field, in particular the Broncos' No. 1 ranked defense.
Steelers' players, as well as Coach Mike Tomlin, weighed in on the Broncos this week and what it's going to be like to go against them.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on his impressions of the Denver defense:**
"Wow. It's just really impressive from the guys up front rushing the passer to the guys in the back end, ball hawks, making plays, hitting people, angles to the ball. This is a heck of a test."
Coach Mike Tomlin on facing Denver's defense:
"They have a great combination of rush and coverage. When you have that, you have an opportunity to have a great defense. They need no endorsement from me. They're No. 1 in just about all of the significant categories: yards, points, passing. They're third on third-down conversions. They have great balance. They have guys playing at a high level at every position. When you have that, you have a chance to bring it all together."
Roethlisberger on if he looks forward to the match up against Denver's defense:
"Well, we always say that we want to be the best. To be the best, you have to beat the best and this is the best defense in the NFL. They prove it week in and week out. For all of us, not just the wide receivers, I think if you ask anybody on offense, we want to try to be the best. It's going to be a challenge and a test for all of us."
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on the Broncos defense: **
"They get pressure on the quarterback. They are great in the secondary. It's simple as that. They are playing great together."
Wide receiver Antonio Brown on what Denver's defense is doing right:
"They have a great front four, a great back end, some first round safeties, some physical safeties. They have a veteran presence in DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. When you have a great pass rush and great defensive backfield, it works together for a great defense."
Tomlin on Von Miller:
"He has a tremendous amount of talent. He has quick-twitch. He can drop his weight and change direction. He can go speed. He can go power. He's a very talented guy."