The Pittsburgh Steelers edged out another close one Sunday with a 28-20 victory against the one-win Detrot Lions. Once again, the Steelers jumped out to an early lead only to let Daunte Culpepper resurrect the team. Culpepper lead his team down the field with less than 2 minutes to play executing a drive which easily could have been the game tieing score. The Steelers defense had other plans which resulted in 3 straight sacks of Culpepper and ultimately ending the game with James Harrison leading the way.
Steelers fans have reason for concern. The Steelers have not been able to close teams out. They need to be able to put the “nail in the coffin”. In years past, the Steelers were able to control the clock with running the football. Well, those days seem to be long gone for this Steelers group. Against the Lions, the Steelers had no trouble moving the football but actually scored to quickly in respect that the Lions controlled the clock the majority of the second half.
Ben Roethlisberger – 23-30, 277 yds, 3 tds
Rashard Mendenhall – 15 car, 77 yds, 1 td
Hines Ward – 7 rec, 85 yds, 1 td
Heath Miller – 5 rec, 54 yds, 1 td
Mike Wallace – 2 rec, 52 tds, 1d