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Broncos will be running uphill against Steelers

Jeff Legwold
The Denver Post

Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels often will say an offense can’t force the ball to specific spots or players, that it has to go where the openings are against any defense.

That said, McDaniels also believes the Broncos are going to have to find a way to run the ball some against the league’s No. 1 run defense Monday night. The Steelers lead the NFL, having allowed only 76.6 yards a game rushing.

They also have faced the fewest rushing attempts from opposing offenses – 140, or 20 attempts per game – well below the league average of 198.2 attempts and 20 fewer than the next team in line.

The Bengals’ defense has faced only 160 rushing attempts from opposing offenses this season and the Saints have faced

the third-lowest total at 163.

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“So what that means to me is they make everybody stop running the ball,” McDaniels said. “You’re certainly not going to win the game running the ball for 1 yard a carry or anything like that. We’re going to try and stay balanced, do everything we normally do, but we’ve got to be successful doing it.”

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