The Steelers got an upset win over the Lions on Sunday. At 4-6, the Steelers were able to handle a 24-point onslaught from the Lions in the second quarter and hold them without points in the second half. Meanwhile the Pittsburgh offense was able to produce an impressive 37 points against a Lions team that is competing for a wild card spot in the NFC.
Dale Grdnic of Behind the Steel Curtain is impressed by the Pittsburgh defense:
It was up to the task. Jarvis Jones clubbed Megatron within the 5-yard cushion on first down. Ross dropped a pass on second down with Will Gay in coverage, and Will Allen picked off Stafford on third down and returned it 27 yards to the 34. So, all the offense had to do was kill the clock with 4:11 to go.
It was up to the task as well. It took a couple minutes off the clock and also scored a touchdown. Bell ran for a first down, and on third down from the 20, Cotchery was open down the left side. Roethlisberger lobbed it over there, and he cruised into the end zone for his seventh touchdown. He also is among the NFL leaders with conversion catches on third down. The Steelers led 37-27 with 2:29 remaining, and the defense had some points to work with this time.
And they held on for the win, as Ziggy Hood sacked Stafford on fourth down.
Sean Yuille of Pride of Detroit believes the Lions beat themselves:
Plain and simple, the Lions let this game get away. After dominating Pittsburgh in the second quarter, the Lions couldn't do much of anything on offense, defense or special teams in the second half. Yes, the fake field goal was an awful decision in hindsight, but that's far from the most concerning thing. The fact that the offense couldn't score any points in the second half and the defense couldn't stop anything through the air is way more troubling, and that's why the Lions lost this game.
Next week really is a must-win situation with the 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming to town. The Green Bay Packers will come to Ford Field only four days later, and the Lions can't afford to let another game they should win turn out to be a loss.
The Lions will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in Week 11, while the Steelers will be on the road against the Browns.