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Motto for Steelers: keep on scoring
It better be... Because the defense isn't stopping too much lately....
Motto for Steelers: keep on scoring
10/11/2009 3:33 AM
DETROIT - In losing two consecutive games in which they held fourth-quarter leads, the Pittsburgh Steelers might have learned a little something about today's NFL.
If you don't score and keep scoring, then you stand a chance of losing no matter how good your defense is.
The Steelers (2-2) took no such chances in their victory last week over San Diego at Heinz Field, adding 10 more points in the fourth quarter despite taking a 28-7 lead into the final 15 minutes.
As it turned out, they needed those extra scores as San Diego closed to within 28-21 before the Steelers put them away, 38-28.
"We've got the offense to put a lot of points on the board," said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. "The coaches have decided that we're going to just keep on scoring."
The days of the Steelers building a big first-half lead and then sitting on it over the final two quarters are gone.
The Steelers will take that new philosophy into today's game against the Detroit Lions (1-3). And the result could be a big offensive performance.
Though better this year than they were last season when they failed to win a game, the Lions have already given up more than 40 points twice - to New Orleans and Chicago.
Detroit ranks 25th in the league in pass defense, while the Steelers rank a surprising third in passing offense.
"Their identity for the longest time was a grind-it-out-offense - sit there and grind it out two, three, four yards at a time," said Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, a former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator. "Their run game has a lot more explosiveness now. They can break long runs and their pass game is a lot more explosive. (Ben) Roethlisberger makes a lot of plays deep down the field, and not all of them are schemes. A lot of them are his natural ability to hold the ball, find time and make a play."
With an NFL-best 73.4 completion percentage and 1,193 passing yards, Roethlisberger is on pace to shatter team records in both statistics. His 104 completions in 142 attempts are also on a team-record pace.
"With Ben, myself, Santonio (Holmes) and Heath (Miller), who's one of the best tight ends in the league, we've got a lot of weapons," said Ward, who leads the Steelers with 26 receptions for 355 yards. ... We're going to be a very difficult offense to defend."
Parker won't be back this week. He'll miss his second consecutive game with turf toe. But Mendenhall, making only his second career start, gained 165 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns against the Chargers.
Mendenhall will face a Detroit defense that allows a generous 5.2 yards per carry. He'll also face former teammate Larry Foote, who starts at middle linebacker for the Lions. Foote was signed by Detroit after the Steelers released him last spring.
"I had (this game) circled, highlighted and posted up," said Foote, who leads the Lions with 34 tackles.
One player the Steelers likely won't see is Detroit rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, the top pick in this year's draft. Stafford suffered a knee injury late in Detroit's loss last week against Chicago and did not practice until Friday. Even then, he was limited and veteran Duante Culpepper will get the start if Stafford is unable to play.
Odds and end zones
The game will be the Steelers' first in Detroit since winning Super Bowl XL against Seattle in 2006. ... The Steelers are 15-5 against the NFC with Roethlisberger at quarterback. ... Including Stafford, Detroit has four rookie starters: two on offense, two on defense."You only have one life, and you will not get out alive. Make the most of your time and have no regrets." - Me.
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