Demaryius Thomas, Broncos burn Steelers again
Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas, started the 2012 season the same way he finished the Steelers chances in 2011.
Instead of Tim Tebow throwing him the ball, this time it was Peyton Manning, still a sense of deja vu.
In 2011, it was Demaryius Thomas who out ran Ryan Mundy and Ike Taylor as the Broncos defeated the Steelers in the AFC wild-card game 29-23.
In 2012, he did it again, as he pulled away from safety Ryan Mundy for 71-yard score to give the Broncos a 14-13 lead late in the third quarter.
This time, Thomas did it with a wall of blockers, but one must wonder how much the Steelers miss safety Ryan Clark in Mile High Stadium.
Clark did not play for the second consecutive game against the Broncos due to health risks imposed by Denver’s high altitude.
Carrying the sickle cell trait, Clark watched from the sideline as an extra pair of eyes for his defense.
Back in October of 2007, he developed significant pain in his left side. He became ill and was forced to have his spleen and gall bladder removed. It would also cause him to miss the remainder of the season. The possibility of another episode in high altitude was not something the Steelers wanted to risk.
Regardless, Demaryius Thomas looks to be a match-up nightmare for not only the Steelers this coming season.