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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:12 am 
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Roethlisberger hopes to rekindle magic in Detroit (Oct 29, 2017)
Oct 26, 2017 at 2:20a ET
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Steelers shouldn't have a problem with Detroit but that's what I thought in the other two losses.

Ben Roethlisberger returns to the scene of one of his greatest triumphs on Sunday night. He’s hoping that’s the place the Pittsburgh Steelers will rediscover how to consistently reach the end zone.

The Steelers, who face the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, have won their last two games despite settling for field goals far too much for Roethlisberger’s taste. That’s been a season-long problem for Pittsburgh, which ranks 30th in red-zone efficiency. It has scored touchdowns on only 42.3 percent of possessions after reaching the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Pittsburgh (5-2) has still managed to build a two-game lead in the AFC North.

“There’s a lot of resilience,” Roethlisberger said. “The defense is playing really good football. Offense hasn’t played up to our potential yet but we’re still winning football games. We’re doing just enough to get by right now. I’d like to think the last two weeks have been good, positive steps forward for our offense and hopefully we continue that.”

Roethlisberger has bounced back from a dreadful five-interception performance against Jacksonville in victories over Kansas City and Cincinnati. He’s thrown three touchdown passes while getting picked off only once.

He’ll need to be careful against a Lions’ defense that’s forced 14 turnovers — third-most in the league — including nine interceptions.

“They’re very opportunistic, a lot of turnovers,” Roethlisberger said. “Balls are tipped and they catch them. Doesn’t seem like a ball that’s in the air ever hits the ground.”

Roethlisberger was walking on air early in his career when he won the first of his two Super Bowls at Ford Field. The Steelers defeated Seattle 21-10 on Feb. 5, 2006 during his second season. Roethlisberger, who also won a regular-season game there in November 2009, always gets a special feeling when he sees the building.

“Before the game, it will bring back a lot of great memories and thoughts, walking out there and driving up to the stadium,” he said. “But once the game starts, I’m solely focused on this game.”

Disgruntled receiver Martavis Bryant has shined an unpleasant spotlight on himself this week. He said Wednesday that he’ll be benched Sunday after publicly asking for a trade. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called Bryant’s actions “somewhat of a distraction.”

“It’s OK to want more playing time and want to be a central reason why we’re successful, provide you relay that in an appropriate way,” Tomlin said. “Social media is not the appropriate way.”

Rookie Juju Smith-Schuster will likely start in his place.

The Lions (3-3) lost to Carolina and New Orleans in their last two outings.

“I don’t make a whole lot of pronouncements about who’s doing what. All I talk about is where we are as a team and right now as a team we’re very inconsistent,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “We’re 3-3 and that’s not good enough.”

Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns but was also picked off three times in the 52-38 loss to the Saints. He toughed it out despite suffering hamstring and ankle injuries the previous week against the Panthers.

Detroit’s bye week came at a good time for Stafford and his equally battered offensive line.

“I needed to take care of myself physically and mentally refresh, get away for a little bit and think about something other than football for a couple days,” Stafford said.

The break also came at a good time for his receiving corps. Top wideout Golden Tate, who’s dealing with a shoulder injury, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Rookie Kenny Golladay, who missed the last three games with a hamstring issue, also returned to practice.

“Guys had some stuff to take care of, start feeling a little bit better,” Stafford said. “Some guys have turned that corner and that will help us. And then from on the field stuff, we’ve got to go out there and just play sharper. We’ve got to execute our systems a little bit better and find ways to win games.”

Stafford will continue to get beaten up if the running game doesn’t perk up. The Lions rank 26th at 84 rushing yards per game. In contrast, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, a former Michigan State star, is averaging 97.7 yards.

On the injury front, Lions offensive tackle Greg Robinson (ankle) is a question mark but punter Sam Martin is expected to make his season debut after recovering from an ankle injury.

Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), tight end Vance McDonald (knee) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) are the Steelers’ biggest injury concerns.


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 Post subject: Re: Detroit preview
PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:44 am 
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Wasn't Jerome Bettis from Detroit?


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 Post subject: Re: Detroit preview
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Ice wrote:
Wasn't Jerome Bettis from Detroit?


He was. Bettis is sixth on the list of NFL rushing yards leaders. He retired in 2006 after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in his native Detroit, Michigan, beating the Seattle Seahawks. Bettis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.[1]

Hopefully Ben is comfortable there.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:08 am 
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52-38 loss to the Saints


I am sure our staff has looked at how the Saints scored 52 points. How they were a balanced offense for 4 quarters. How they put the ball into the endzone.
How that defense gave up 79 points the last two games.
Gave up 30 to Atlanta.
23 in a win over Arizona.

They held the offensively challenged Giants to 10 and the not so potent Vikings to 7.

This will be our secondaries first big test against a top 10, top 5 QB.

Like most of our success on defense, we need to keep that Detroit running game sleeping.
Stop the run and get after Stafford.

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Lions offensive line gives up sacks. Must put Stafford on his back early and often.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:22 pm 
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Steelergenie wrote:
Ice wrote:
Wasn't Jerome Bettis from Detroit?


He was. Bettis is sixth on the list of NFL rushing yards leaders. He retired in 2006 after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in his native Detroit, Michigan, beating the Seattle Seahawks. Bettis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.[1]

Hopefully Ben is comfortable there.


Should have looked more closely at the post count before tossing that one out there. Thanks for posting these, though, sir!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:58 pm 
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Smashmouth21 wrote:
Lions offensive line gives up sacks. Must put Stafford on his back early and often.


You don't want Stafford to get hot. We must keep the pressure on him and force some picks.


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Tuitt Out this week. As I assumed and probably for the best...

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (back) has been ruled out for Week 8.

Tuitt also sat out the win over the Bengals, and the early rule out suggests he is not close to returning. That said, the Steelers are on bye Week 9, so perhaps they are just being cautious. Tyson Alualu should get more snaps with Tuitt sidelined.

Source: James Wexell on Twitter Oct 26 - 12:58 PM


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 Post subject: Re: Detroit preview
PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:56 pm 
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We, once again, have the "luxury" of shitting the bed on the road, against an NFC team, and remaining very much in the hunt for home field.

Between the distraction and benching of Bryant, Tuitt and Gilbert out, the "cushion" in the AFCN...all the makings of your typical away game turd. Guys are too busy making vacation plans, choreographing TD celebrations and looking for lost bikes to focus this week.

Been YEARS since we've seen the team take care of business in a game that has little playoff implications, aside from being 1 of 16.

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Kodiak wrote:
We, once again, have the "luxury" of shitting the bed on the road, against an NFC team, and remaining very much in the hunt for home field.

Between the distraction and benching of Bryant, Tuitt and Gilbert out, the "cushion" in the AFCN...all the makings of your typical away game turd. Guys are too busy making vacation plans, choreographing TD celebrations and looking for lost bikes to focus this week.

Been YEARS since we've seen the team take care of business in a game that has little playoff implications, aside from being 1 of 16.


I think they found the bike yesterday, so, should have had a solid practice today.


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