Steelers shouldn’t skip a single beat handling Detroit
By Austin Lloyd
With a home game coming up against the winless Detroit Lions, the Pittsburgh Steelers should have another win under their belt in no time.
It appears as if a lot of people have not given the Steelers much love since writing them off after a 3-game losing streak. However, with a win this weekend, they will have won their fifth-straight matchup.
This upcoming Sunday sees the Steel City welcoming the Detroit Lions to their not-so-humble abode. This is fortuitous, as the Lions are the only winless team in the National Football League today (0-8).
Just last week, I mentioned that blowing through opponents isn’t exactly the Steelers way of handling games. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, and this meeting just might be one of them.
Of the Lions eight losses so far this season, five of them have been decided by two scores or more. And of those five, three have been decided by three scores or more. In other words, teams have certainly had kinder starts to their regular-season slates.
With just how awful Detroit has looked throughout the course of their first eight games, they are definitely on pace to make the 2021-22 season one of their (if not their) worst ever. With that in mind, the last thing you’d want to do when in that situation would be to visit the Steelers.
Why Steelers should handle the Lions
Speaking of Pittsburgh, they merely look better than the Lions in every way. Coaching-wise, you have a veteran in Mike Tomlin facing off against the new guy on the block, Dan Campbell. If that sounds bad, just compare the talent.
The Steelers not only have a coach with a physical mindset, but they show it on the field every week. Especially when placed in a hyped-up Heinz Field, Detroit is going to be pushed all over the place.
Now don’t get me wrong, hard-hitting play is to be expected when playing a defense like Pittsburgh’s, regardless of who you are. However, the Lions haven’t hit 20 points in a single game since their season opener against the mediocre San Francisco 49ers. How are they going to be able to even get past midfield this Sunday?
Their defensive prowess isn’t much to look at, either. In their last game, Detroit gave up 44 points at home to the Philadelphia Eagles (who are now 3-6). Just how much can the Steelers score against the Lions when the latter is on the road this time around? Don’t forget that Pittsburgh’s offense is also solidifying its rhythm as we speak.
Literally, the only thing that helps Detroit in this one is the fact that they are coming off of a bye. But based on what we’ve seen thus far, it would probably take more than a weekend off to prepare for a Steelers squad actively looking to prove itself.
Surely it sounds as if I am just laying into the Lions, but that truly isn’t the objective here. Detroit is just in that much trouble entering this deathmatch they’ve got coming up. If I had to guess, I’d say that Pittsburgh takes this one by at least two scores, with the final tally falling somewhere around 27-10. As for the Lions: please keep them in your thoughts.