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Peyton Manning hosts the Steelers in Sunday night opener on NBC

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For the Steelers, this season will start where last season ended: In Denver. But the opposing quarterback will change.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos will host the Steelers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football in Week One, according to a report from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

It’s no surprise that the Denver debut of Manning will be a nationally televised prime time game. Manning is the highest-profile free agent in NFL history, and there will be huge interest in seeing his first game with the Broncos.

For Steelers safety Ryan Clark, that will mean his 2012 season will start a week late: Clark has had health problems related to Denver’s altitude, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has insisted he won’t permit Clark to play in Denver.

The Steelers probably aren’t thrilled that they’ll have to return so quickly to Denver, the place where they had their hearts broken with Tim Tebow’s overtime touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas last season. And Manning’s presence means the fact that Tebow isn’t there anymore isn’t much consolation to the Steelers.

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  1. stairwayto7 says: Apr 17, 2012 5:48 PM

    Harrison ends Mannings career week 1!!

  2. Zach Younkin says: Apr 17, 2012 5:49 PM

    I don’t mind them playing the first game of the season against Denver, it just is saddening that Ryan Clark will not be able to play. I just wonder how the game may have turned out if he could have played last year in the playoff game.

  3. yelix says: Apr 17, 2012 5:50 PM

    I dislike both teams, but go Steelers, I guess. The revenge factor for the playoffs and Peyton Manning make this a good one. It is sort of sad that the Steelers are perpetually without a good player in that stadium, though. If Manning is truly in prime condition, they’ll need Ryan Clark.

  4. ko5k says: Apr 17, 2012 5:53 PM

    Pure lols if Manning, in his first game as a Bronco, loses to the team Tebow beat in the playoffs last year.

    Even funnier if he gets knocked out of the game by Harrison.

    This is a PR nightmare waiting to happen, good luck Elway!

  5. daysend564 says: Apr 17, 2012 5:54 PM

    Steelers are old and broken. Sub .500 year in store for them

  6. RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 17, 2012 5:57 PM

    hehe, Steelers start 0-1,

    Go Ravens!!!

  7. electionconfidential says: Apr 17, 2012 6:01 PM

    Amazing that people would think it would be funny if Manning got knocked out of the game. That mentality is at the bottom of all these former players dying from their brain damage. Last time I checked Peyton Manning’s only crime was going out each week and playing a good, clean game of football.

  8. muzzy27 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:01 PM

    How many times do the Steelers have to travel to Denver?? Can you say SCAM!!!!

    Goodell just loves taking Ryan Clark out of the mix by making the Steelers continually travel to Denver. A true Steeler hater he is.

    I hope Harrison does some REAL damage in this game and stops the hype in week one!!

    Another note: The Steelers website shows their new throwback jerseys. The Redman jersey (#33) shows his name on the back, but curiously enough, the Mendenhall jersey (#34) just says “STEELERS” on the back. Hmmmmm…….Is the writing on the wall for Mendenhall like some have predicted?? Start investigating this Florio!!

  9. justwinbaby29 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:03 PM

    I’m not a conspiracy guy but anyone think Goodell sent a message to Ryan Clark to shut his mouth for all the criticism he’s given Goodell?

  10. jerrycola says: Apr 17, 2012 6:05 PM

    I’m pretty sure Goodell will have his watchdogs aka the refs penalizing any Steeler defender if they so much as breathe on Manning let alone hit him.

  11. kwgator says: Apr 17, 2012 6:05 PM

    Tim Tebow has already basted that Turkey (Pittsburgh) …. All Manning needs to do is stick it in the oven

  12. citizenstrange says: Apr 17, 2012 6:09 PM

    I predict an identical first half of Broncos 20 Steelers 6.

    And then Manning will start to pull away.

    GO STEELERS!

  13. weepingjebus says: Apr 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    Also concerned about Polamalu’s health. Apparently there’s something about Denver’s altitude that makes him think a pass play in overtime is a run.

  14. rc33 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    If I were the Steelers I wouldn’t be too displeased. You’re gonna face Denver anyway and I’d rather get Manning early; a years worth of rust, new team, outdoor environment, over-the-top pregame hype, etc…

  15. mzz233 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:14 PM

    I can’t believe patriots broncos is not even a prime time game. Instead we get dolphins cardinals and colts/bears.

  16. dgbk says: Apr 17, 2012 6:16 PM

    bow to the greatness which is steelers nation oh wait that’s that other guy….. not an easy opener for peyton guess we will see right away if he is healthy or not

  17. rgmehta says: Apr 17, 2012 6:20 PM

    PFT is flat wrong again as usual. Please check facts before running with erroneous reports. Steelers played in denver in 2009 and scheduled to play in Denver again in 2015. Therefore, 2012 game is in Pittsburgh. Thanks for playing.

  18. skeeter1970 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:21 PM

    weepingjebus says:Apr 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    Also concerned about Polamalu’s health. Apparently there’s something about Denver’s altitude that makes him think a pass play in overtime is a run.

    If you had even a clue, you would know he was playing the defense that was called. They were playing an inverted Cover-2. Look it up. Blame Lebeau for the call or Ike Taylor for taking a poor angle.

  19. Deb says: Apr 17, 2012 6:23 PM

    Yesssss! A season that opens with my Steelers on Sunday night works for me!! And on the bright side, our guys should have enough respect for Manning to actually prep for this game!

  20. fmwarner says: Apr 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    muzzy27 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:01 PM

    How many times do the Steelers have to travel to Denver?? Can you say SCAM!!!!

    Goodell just loves taking Ryan Clark out of the mix by making the Steelers continually travel to Denver. A true Steeler hater he is.
    ====================================

    Apparently you are not aware that the schedule is set in stone years in advance. Goodell can’t manipulate it according to his whims. Even more laughable than your ignorance is the idea that the league is somehow against the Steelers.

  21. mrmarcus55 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    good bye neck.

  22. champsb3233 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:25 PM

    Broncos at Falcons in Week 2 — on MNF.

  23. RavenzGunnerz says: Apr 17, 2012 6:25 PM

    “How many times do the Steelers have to travel to Denver?? Can you say SCAM!!!!”
    —————

    See NFL scheduling system.

  24. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:29 PM

    Do we even know for sure yet if Manning will be ready by week one?

  25. rgmehta says: Apr 17, 2012 6:31 PM

    You are correct NFL has a scheduling system. Do you even know what that system is? Check out site of 2009 Pit-Den game, it was in Denver. Therefore, under scheduling formula, the 2012 game will be in Pittsburgh. Thanks for playing.

  26. metalhead65 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:33 PM

    will be sweet for the steelers to spoil manning’s debut and embarssing when manning can’t do what tebow did.

  27. discosucs2005 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:34 PM

    electionconfidential says:
    Apr 17, 2012 6:01 PM
    Amazing that people would think it would be funny if Manning got knocked out of the game. That mentality is at the bottom of all these former players dying from their brain damage. Last time I checked Peyton Manning’s only crime was going out each week and playing a good, clean game of football.
    ___________________________________________

    Quick, go around to all the other threads and make sure no one else is making any jokes, while I call the hyperbole police.

  28. ravenator says: Apr 17, 2012 6:35 PM

    Steelers caught a break getting Manning in week 1. In any event, I’m looking forward to watching them start the season 0-1, again!

  29. heycarl23 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:38 PM

    rgmehta says:
    Apr 17, 2012 6:20 PM
    PFT is flat wrong again as usual. Please check facts before running with erroneous reports. Steelers played in denver in 2009 and scheduled to play in Denver again in 2015. Therefore, 2012 game is in Pittsburgh. Thanks for playing.

    sorry smart guy… it was released over 2 weeks ago that they would play in denver at some point this season. so thanks for playing?? lol idiot

  30. gslumbers says: Apr 17, 2012 6:42 PM

    Opening post–stairway to 7 or whatever: you’re a douche. Why would anyone wish that on someone? What is your deal dude?

  31. vincentbojackson says: Apr 17, 2012 6:42 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    “How many times do the Steelers have to travel to Denver?? Can you say SCAM!!!!”
    —————

    See NFL scheduling system.

    ——————–

    NFL scheduling system determines opponents only not location the games are played.

  32. weepingjebus says: Apr 17, 2012 6:46 PM

    “If you had even a clue, you would know he was playing the defense that was called. They were playing an inverted Cover-2. Look it up. Blame Lebeau for the call or Ike Taylor for taking a poor angle.”

    Looked more like an inverted Cover-2 Bite At Fake Handoff Then Jog After WR 6 Yards Away to me. But whatever helps you sleep at night.

  33. keeroc15 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:48 PM

    Of course Steeler fans are the whiniest bunch of babies you will ever encounter.

  34. mjkelly77 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:52 PM

    electionconfidential says:Apr 17, 2012 6:01 PM

    Amazing that people would think it would be funny if Manning got knocked out of the game. That mentality is at the bottom of all these former players dying from their brain damage. Last time I checked Peyton Manning’s only crime was going out each week and playing a good, clean game of football.
    ________________

    manning;s crime was that he stole $24 million from the Colts because he knew he couldn’t play. He unscrupulously hid his surgery from everyone. I’m sure he can’t play now but signed with the Broncos because they guaranteed him the most money. Greedy Swamp Boy.

  35. maddog111 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:59 PM

    keeroc15 says:Apr 17, 2012 6:48 PM

    Of course Steeler fans are the whiniest bunch of babies you will ever encounter.
    —————————————————–
    Yep, they’re right up there with the Pats and Packers as the whiniest bunch. Notice a pattern there? They’re all better than your team, so trolls like you post on every article related to them.

  36. firegoodell says: Apr 17, 2012 7:20 PM

    fmwarner says:
    Apr 17, 2012 6:24 PM
    muzzy27 says: Apr 17, 2012 6:01 PM

    How many times do the Steelers have to travel to Denver?? Can you say SCAM!!!!

    Goodell just loves taking Ryan Clark out of the mix by making the Steelers continually travel to Denver. A true Steeler hater he is.
    ====================================

    Apparently you are not aware that the schedule is set in stone years in advance. Goodell can’t manipulate it according to his whims. Even more laughable than your ignorance is the idea that the league is somehow against the Steelers.

    apparently you are not as smart as you claim to be because the schedule is NOT set in stone years in advance….they do follow a rotation with teams always playing 4 non-conference games against a division which rotates every four years…and they also do the same thing with a conference division…the other games are teh 6 vs their own division and then 3 games versus the other conference teams that finish in the same spot in the division…..the locations are NOT set in stone…get your facts correct before rambling on

  37. heycarl23 says: Apr 17, 2012 7:21 PM

    @mjkelly77 irsay and the colts were the morons who gave him that money without giving him a physical. its their own fault!

  38. cmdv8 says: Apr 17, 2012 7:21 PM

    im no fan of either but i cant wait to see what manning does to them after what tebow did to them hahah

  39. realdealsteel says: Apr 17, 2012 7:22 PM

    Any idiot who thinks the Steelers are “old” or “washed up” hasn’t been paying attention. Steelers will be young, rested and ready. Steelers have owned Peyton Manning and they will continue to own him. Oh..and thos “old” Steelers were # 1 in the league against the pass before all the injuries hit them last year.

    After this ass whipping we put on Manning, he’ll wonder why he came back to football.

  40. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 17, 2012 7:33 PM

    from mjkelly77…….manning;s crime was that he stole $24 million from the Colts because he knew he couldn’t play. He unscrupulously hid his surgery from everyone. I’m sure he can’t play now but signed with the Broncos because they guaranteed him the most money. Greedy Swamp Boy

    ahhh now my day is complete, i heard u say your infamous greedy swamp boy slang, lmao!!!!

  41. rgmehta says: Apr 17, 2012 7:50 PM

    carl23,

    The intent of the NFL’s rotational schedule was to allow fans to see opposing teams in their home stadiums atleast once every 8 years (for non-conference opponents) and once every 6 years for conference opponents. If you look at the Steelers schedule in 2009, they played @denver. Therefore, barring a matchup based on division standings, there would be a stretch from 2006 to 2015 where Denver will not play in Pittsburgh. Similarly, San Diego played in Pittsburgh in 2009 and now will do so again in 2012. The NFL got it wrong, and the people who get screwd are Denver fans in Pittsburgh and Steelers fans in San Diego. Since barring a common division standings matchup, they will not get to see their teams play for a 9 year stretch. So the NFL got it wrong, nothing I can do about that. My error was in thinking the NFL actually had a true rotational schedule where you alternated home/away matchups amongst the divisions.

  42. thetooloftools says: Apr 17, 2012 8:12 PM

    What is the over/under on him getting hauled off on a John Deere Gator or in a hearse ?
    Nothing personal, but that o-line for Denver better step up fast because Manning has an “unspoken bounty” on his head after he stole 20? million last year when his whole crew knew he couldn’t play. Cap killin’ witch.

  43. dirtierwater says: Apr 17, 2012 9:05 PM

    One one hand, the league, by its ever increasing fines to certain Steelers, considers this a dirty team, with those ‘certain players’ out to purposely injure others. On the other, they’ve scheduled them to kick off the year playing a recovering Manning for a team that embarrassed them their last game.

    Way to go, NFL. I doubt this ends badly.

  44. randomcommenter says: Apr 17, 2012 10:17 PM

    Bad news for broncos. The steelers are a veteran team and the broncos have lots of changes.

    Let’s face it, the reason Denver won was so many steeler injuries. Ben could barely move.

    Denver fans seem to think manning will just add a great passing game to what they had last year. They forget how much tebow hid their flaws.

    Manning is obviously better that tebow. But with tebow they went ultra conservative and that helped their mediocre defense. Tebow also took care of the ball ,plus his rushing ability made it easier for wr to get open and helped the run game too.

    With manning, there is no rushing threat at qb. This means the defense can attack more aggressively. This will make it harder for Denver to run.

    How good are Denver’s wrs? Not great. They saw lots of single coverage last year. It will be tougher this year.

    Don’t forget that Denver was a pretty good passing team with Orton. It didn’t translate to wins because it exposed their defense and Denver doesn’t have enough playmakers to win shoot outs.

  45. thejackalofnight1 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:24 PM

    The Broncos beat a banged up Steelers team in the playoffs last year.
    Both teams healthy, even with Manning playing, Steelers win easy.
    Why this belief that the Broncos with a Manning that is finished will do anything but lose?
    The schedule for the Broncos is set up to put them out of the playoff race by week 9.
    An 8-8 team with Manning = a team that’s what?
    9-7 at best and out of the playoffs.
    Manning has reached the Superbowl twice in 14 years, at that rate, he’ll be in another SB in 7 years.

  46. thefam3132 says: Apr 17, 2012 10:29 PM

    I have nothing against Peyton Manning, but if the Broncos lose to the Steelers, I am going to bust out laughing when they cut to John Elway’s face.

  47. mostlombardisintheleague says: Apr 18, 2012 1:23 PM

    Peyton Manning recipe for success:

    1.) healing from multiple neck vertebrae surgeries and with neck-to-arm nerve problems less than 6 months ago
    2.) is almost 40 years old
    3.) hasn’t played football in more than a year
    4.) hasn’t taken a hit or a sack in more than a year
    5.) is on a new team with a new playbook and new OC
    6.) has average WR’s
    7.) first game vs. a team with consistent top ranked defense hell-bent on revenge

    Elway needs to pray that Tebow is praying for Manning on Sept. 9.

    Black and Gold 4-Ever !!!!

  48. daburgh1985 says: Apr 18, 2012 2:50 PM

    Blitzburgh alert….I don’t want us to go out and hurt manning, but it would b nice to see us welcome him back with a five sack gm…

  49. johntonioholmes says: Apr 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    Kinda sucks that Clark will be missing.

  50. heavyimages says: Apr 19, 2012 7:51 PM

    Home field for the Broncos. Broncos fans are going to be pumped up with Manning’s first game. It will keep the “traveling fan” down to a minimum. Steelers will be without Clark and Mendenhall. They also have a new OC and new playbook–which is a kinda big deal for Rapelisberger. Hines Ward retired and was a huge locker room guy. There are a lot of things going against the Steelers in this game.

    Plus Manning is going to be protected by the refs. Please reference any game the year after Brady came back from knee surgery. Anything close to being near his knees or a late hit was flagged. It was pretty obvious the refs were protecting him whether it was conscious or not. Peyton is one of the NFL’s best “brands” and you can be sure that the NFL is going to protect him. Especially after the Saints bounty scandal.

    I’m going to say that Vegas odds are going to be +7 for the Broncos in this game.

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