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Steelers' Record Gives Broncos Something to Ponder

September 15, 1986| Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — The Denver Broncos, who meet the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium tonight, have this to consider:

--Since winning their fourth Super Bowl in the 1979 season, the Steelers have won only one playoff game, against Denver in 1984. They were 7-9 last year, their first losing season in 14 years.

--The Steelers' offense ranks 28th in the National Football League after a 30-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, who allowed Pittsburgh inside their 35-yard line only once. It was the first opening-game shutout loss in the Steelers' 54-year history.

--The Steelers' offense hasn't generated a touchdown since the next-to-last game of the 1985 season.

--They have won only twice in their last 10 games, including preseason games, and only once in their last six regular-season games.

--Quarterback Mark Malone couldn't complete any of the seven passes he threw to star wide receiver Louis Lipps against Seattle. Malone was intercepted three times in completing only 9 of 27 passes for 79 yards.

--The Broncos won, 31-23, at Pittsburgh last season, scoring 21 fourth-quarter points.

And, finally and less encouragingly:

--The Broncos are 0-7 in Monday night road games.

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