Detroit Lions' Defense Will Have a Big Game Against Pittsburgh Steelers

By Luis Vilanova
Ndamukong Suh
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The Detroit Lions face the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday on the road in a game that should be won by the Lions. Detroit arrives in Pittsburgh with one of the top rated offenses in the league and with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley salivating and ready to feast on the second worst offensive line in the NFL. On the other side, Pittsburgh is on a streak of its own with a winning record of 3-2 over the past five games, and that is a key indicator that must not be ignored by Jim Schwartz‘s team.

Ben Roethlisberger loves to throw the football and can go to work all day on Detroit’s struggling defensive backs. The Steelers’ offensive line has allowed 36 sacks and 49 quarterback hits on the year — statistics that may change dramatically after the coming game. The happiest campers are Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, whose defensive game has been more effective over the last two games and will look to continue to make big plays. In my opinion, Big Ben does not have the agility to escape Detroit’s pass rush and will turn over the ball several times during the game. The Lions have already intercepted 11 passes this year and are ranked 12th in the league — an interesting statistic for a struggling pass defense.

The grand advantage the Lions have over the Steelers is their offensive unit, and I don’t think the Steelers have what it takes to stop Detroit’s momentum. The Lions’ offensive line is top-ranked in the league having allowed just 10 sacks to date, and they will allow Matt Stafford to have another impressive day at work. I believe the Steelers are an easy road game that should be put away early. The Lions have learned from previous losses against Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals the importance of delivering and winning.

Luis Vilanova is a Detroit Lions writer for Follow him/her on Twitter, “Like” him/her on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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