Hello Steeler Nation!
I am not sure if our site guru Sean will be here to share some info...I am sure he will...but I was talking with SteelerVT (if I recall) on a thread and he encouraged someone to come over to open a chat here. So, sorry in advance if someone else is already on this.
Although we have many upgrades over last year...hard not to have this...but from our games thus far I can only hope for a full 60mins against the Steelers. So far this year we have done well through the first half...being in the game vs the Saints going into the half...beating Minn at the half...beating Wash at the half...tied w/ Chicago at the half. But we have had our struggles in the second half. If the Lions can put out a full 60mins on Sunday, we could be right there in a competitive game. With the track record so far that is a big if. However, Jim Schwartz has done a great job in the HC role thus far, and I expect him to have corrected the fallout in the second half of games.
I have many friends who are Steeler Nation members...so here's hoping for a great game.
Aside from that, on behalf of my friends @ POD, thank you Steeler nation for travelling as well as you do & making this game a sell out to avoid the dreaded blackout.
If any of you have questions on players...I'd be happy to chat on them & shed some info. having said this...my intial thoughts are this...our strength vs the steelers i think is in our pass attack...mainly Calvin Johnson. My biggest worry for this side of the ball is your pass rush. Although our protection is much improved (we used to give you a run for most sacks given up) we are still vulnerable. Sorry to say you likely won't see Stafford out there. If he is, he had a slow start to the season, but is putting it together quickly. He has a cannon for an arm...making throws he has no businss making...but still has a lot to learn in terms of putting touch on the ball. Our new TE Pettigrew is a beast on the blocking, and week over week is showing more ability to get open downfield & make plays off the pass. On the flip side...we have shown the ability (minus four or five big runs, so our D is suceptable to the big run) to contain the run vs some good backs...AP under 100yds, Forte (take away two runs for 80yds & he was under 30yds all day. This is where I worry about a guy like Mendenhall (who I have been waiting on to have a breakout). He can bang it out with the best of them, but also has some big play ability. That will be key to the game. I am not so confident in our secondary so Ben should have a good day. We have an up and comer in Louis Delmas at safety, who flies around the field (was defensive rookie of the month is September). Our pass rush is improved, but it depends on the play calling which has changed week over week which is nice to finally see some gameplanning on both sides of the ball.