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Monday, November 9, 2009
Halftime notes from Denver

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

DENVER -- It’s halftime and Pittsburgh is leading 7-3 even though the Broncos are outplaying the Steelers.

Denver’s defense is playing very well and it looks to have bounced back from a poor effort in a 30-7 loss at Baltimore last week. The Steelers' offense has only 56 yards and hasn’t been past midfield yet.

Denver is putting good pressure on Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, sacking him twice in the first quarter.

Denver quarterback Kyle Orton looks better than he did against Baltimore. He has hit Brandon Marshall eight times for 82 yards and Eddie Royal four times for 58 yards.

Other than his interception that Pittsburgh returned for a touchdown, Orton has done well. He has completed 16 of 21 for 163 yards.

Denver cornerback Ty Law is playing as a nickel cornerback. The veteran signed with Denver on Saturday.

Denver used the Wildcat again in the second quarter.

Denver cornerback Champ Bailey is shadowing Pittsburgh receiver Santonio Holmes. Bailey usually doesn’t cover specific receivers.