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Beat writer breakdown: Steelers writer not confident Pittsburgh can handle Detroit’s DL
Kyle Meinke – mlive.com
Pittsburgh (3-6) is a little banged up right now, just as it prepares to host the Detroit Lions (6-3) and their menacing defensive line.
Steelers beat writer Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette joined us to break down that matchup and others heading into Sunday’s game at Heinz Field:
Detroit Lions’ Louis Delmas (WMU) eager for rematch against Steelers’ Antonio Brown (CMU)
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press
Louis Delmas still has a hard time believing it.
When the Detroit Lions safety was in college at Western Michigan he finally got chance to put a hit on his good friend Antonio Brown. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver played for Central Michigan and finally the two buddies from Miami were going to go against each other.
Delmas was the Broncos’ star who was about to be drafted in the second round. Brown was still trying to make a name for himself.
Delmas will never forget the monster hit he laid on Brown. But he still can’t believe Brown’s reaction as he eagerly anticipates a rematch Sunday at Heinz Field.
Taking the over on 11.5 Lions wins
Jamie Samuelsen – Detroit Free Press
Preseason predictions on the Lions centered around 7-9, 8-8 or, optimistically 9-7. Most thought this team would struggle to make the playoffs and would probably be looking at another top ten or twelve draft pick.
10 weeks into the NFL season, it’s now plain as day that the most optimistic preseason prediction is now pessimistic.
Steelers offensive line ready to rumble against Lions
Ralph N. Paulk — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Steelers have seen enough film to know that Detroit’s defensive front is tough, intimidating and often crosses that sometimes-blurred line between clean and dirty play.
The Steelers’ offensive linemen, most of whom have spent time this week in the infirmary, insist they are mentally prepared to deal with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a self-proclaimed bad boy.
Suh undoubtedly is the face of the Lions defense. However, he hardly is its sole agitator.