Detroit Lions Game Grades for Loss to Steelers

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Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions safety Don Carey (32) reacts to the Pittsburgh Steelers touchdown during the second half at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won the game, 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Line: D

The issues that Pittsburgh have had on it’s offensive line this season are well documented. Le’Veon Bell finished with just 36 yards on 18 carries and was quiet for most of the game. That’s great. This grade is so low because of the non-existent pass rush by Detroit’s front four today. Roethlisberger had time to throw every time he dropped back, and was sacked once and pressured once. Ndamukong Suh doesn’t even show up on the ESPN box score. With talk this week that Detroit’s defensive line would have a heyday, today’s performance was a disappointment.

Linebackers: D+

Stephen Tulloch played one of his worst games in recent memory, looking lost on several occasions. DeAndre Levy was his consistent self, racking up 12 tackles and deflecting two passes but dropped what should have been an interception. All in all, a poor showing by the linebacking unit.

Secondary: F

Blown coverages, missed tackles, dropped interceptions; the Lions secondary didn’t seem to get anything right against the Steelers offense. Roethlisberger threw for four scores, three of which were from outside the redzone. Pittsburgh averaged over 12 yards per reception. That’s not going to win you many games.

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