Manning, making his triumphant return to the NFL after a season out of the game, led the Denver Broncos to a 31-19 win over the Steelers on Sunday Night Football in America. Manning ran the no-huddle offense effectively, his biggest completion a long TD pass to Demariyus Thomas that got the momentum for the Broncos.
The Steelers clearly missed Rashard Mendenhall and an effective running game plus depth on the offensive line, staples of team success. Playing at altitude also appeared to be a factor in the loss, writes Behind The Steel Curtain's Neal Coolong.
The Steelers will try to get right in time for the New York Jets next Monday at home.
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