4. What do the Steelers need to do to beat the Lions?
They need to keep “Big Ben” upright and stay in the game early. Pittsburgh has fallen behind far too often by large deficits in many of their games this season, so staying within striking distance will be a huge confidence boost. In addition, they do have pass-catching weapons to put pressure on Detroit’s suspect secondary.
Of course, to do that, Roethlisberger must have adequate time to throw the football and offensive coordinator Todd Haley needs to use his passing game to set up his stagnant ground attack. Some competency in the red zone would be nice as well when it comes to play-calling and overall execution.
5. What do the Lions need to do to beat the Steelers?
Stay confident and aware at all times. Detroit is far and away the superior team in every area outside of the quarterback position, and they have plenty of matchup issues to exploit on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh is a terrible first quarter team, so the Lions can easily avoid the “trap game” if they jump out on the Steelers early to erase all hope.
6. What is your prediction for Sunday’s game?
The Lions should have a fairly easy time against the Steelers. On offense they will always have an advantage with Megatron regardless of how hobbled the rest of their corps of pass-catchers is. It would not shock me at all though to see Reggie Bush have a big day running the ball against one of the league’s worst run defenses.
Detroit’s defense has yet to allow a 100 yard-rusher this season, so I don’t expect much success from the vastly overrated Le’Veon Bell. As far as Pittsburgh’s passing-game is concerned, the Steelers will be starting a backup at left guard and center in the forms of Guy Whimper and Fernando Velasco. Suh and Fairley should have a relatively time creating havoc and rushing Ben Roethlisberger.
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