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Monday, November 9, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Steelers 28, Broncos 10


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking like a championship-caliber team again.

With a physically dominant defense and an old-school running game, the defending world champions put together its most impressive road victory of the season during a 28-10 win over the Denver Broncos. The win improves the Steelers to 6-2 and increases their winning streak to five games, which is the second longest streak in the AFC.

Pittsburgh now owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Denver (6-2) if it comes down to that later in the season. Also keep in mind that four of the Steelers' next five opponents do not have winning records as Pittsburgh tries to position itself for the postseason.

The win also sets up a huge matchup next week for sole possession of first place in the AFC North when the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals (6-2). Cincinnati won the first meeting in Pittsburgh, 23-20.

Both the Steelers and Bengals are hitting their strides and getting better in the second half of the season. So regardless of the outcome of next week's game, look for Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to be dominant players in the AFC moving forward.