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Know Your Steelers Enemy: Detroit Lions Week Eight

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Get better acquainted with the Steelers’ Week 8 opponents, the Lions of the Motor City.

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The Detroit Lions are a mere 3-3 on the year, but this is a prideful team that won't be an easy task on their home field. Here are the Lions who will attempt to continue being the kings of their own jungle.


*No. 9 QB Matthew Stafford

Stafford is the highest paid quarterback in the league and he may be the best passer that the Steelers have faced yet. With 1,428 yards, Stafford's big arm has garnered 12 TDs to four interceptions. Stafford does play behind a suspect line and his wide receivers are hobbling. Look for the Steelers to go after the Georgia product early and often. But he’s the kind of competitor to overcome such adversity.

Other Lions Quarterbacks to Note: No. 14 Jake Rudock

*No. 21 RB Ameer Abdullah

Lion RBs have only gotten to the end zone twice this season, Abdullah has half of that total. His 342 yards and 3.8 YPC lead the Lions. Double-A has breakaway speed. He is gone if he gets into open space. But the Lions are the seventh-worst rushing team in the NFL.

Other Lions Running Backs to Note: No. 25 Theo Riddick, No. 34 Zach Zenner, No. 36 Dwayne Washington

*No. 13 LWR Golden Tate

The days of Megatron are ancient history. Tate has filled in well for Detroit, but he’s hurting. Listed as questionable, Tate leads the team with 342 yards and three scores.

Other Lions Wide Receivers to Note: *No. 11 RWR Marvin Jones Jr., SWR No. 13 T.J. Jones, No. 10 Jared Abbrederis, No.19 Kenny Golladay (out)

*No. 86 TE Eric Ebron and *No. 87 TE Darren Fells

Ebron is very athletic, but suffers from the dropsies. His counterpart, Fells, has three TDs on the year. Stafford will go to these guys against Pittsburgh's defense.

Other Lions Tight Ends to Note: No. 80 Michael Roberts

*No. 72 LT Brian Mihalik

Stafford has been sacked 17 times in the last three games and their best lineman, Taylor Decker, is injured. Decker's understudy, the much-maligned Cam Robinson, is out too. Enter the former Steeler named Brian Mahalik. Mahalik has talent, but the LT that the Steelers dropped on cutdown day will have his hands full with T.J. Watt and his four sack resume'.

Other Lions Offensive Linemen to Note: *No. 60 LG Graham Glasnow, *No. 64 C Travis Swanson, *No. 76 RG T.J. Lang, *No. 71 RT Ricky Wagner, No. 63 G Tim Lelito, No. 77 T Emmett Cleary (out), No. 65 T Bryce Harris, No. 73 Cam Robinson (out)


*No. 94 RDE Ziggy Ansah

Ansah is an absolute beast. With four sacks in six games, the 6'5" Ziggy will be a challenge for Ramon Foster and BJ Finney. Look out for A-Shawn Robinson too. Here's a guy that can get his mitts on passes easily and knock them down.

Other Lions Defensive Linemen to Note: *No. 69 LDE Anthony Zettel, *No. 91 *LDT A'Shawn Robinson, *No. 97 RDT Akeem Spence, No. 90 DE Cornelius Washington, No. No. 95 Jacquies Smith, No. 99 DT Khyri Thornton, No. 98 DT Jeremiah Ledbetter

No. 40 MLB Jarrad Davis

The first-rounder from Florida has lived up to the hype. Davis covers a lot of ground and finishes tackles. He has had injury concerns, but you should hear quite a bit from Davis. No. 40 has 31 tackles and a sack on the year.

Other Lions Linebackers to Note: No. 59 OLB Tahir Whitehead, No. 59 OLB Paul Worrilow, No. 44 OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, No. 54 OLB Steve Longa, No. 43 LB Nick Bellore

*No. 23 LCB Darius Slay

The Lions have three pick-sixes. Slay has one of those and is the best pick from a potent secondary. Detroit will employ Slay to go mano-y-mano with Antonio Brown. This could be a great battle.

Other Lions Defensive Backs to Note: *No. 24 RCB Nevin Lawson, No. 32 *SS Tavon Wilson, *No. 27 FS Glover Quin, No. 31 CB DJ Hayden, No. 39 CB Jamal Agnew, No. 28 Quandre Diggs, No. 30 Jalen Tabor, No. 35 S Miles Killebrew, No. 45 S Charles Washington, No. 26 S Don Carey


No. 39 PR Jamal Agnew

Agnew, a rookie, has returned two punts to the house this season. For a team that gives up 10.4 yards per punt, the Steelers need to be concerned about the explosive Agnew.

Other Lions Special Teamers to Note: No. 6 P Sam Martin, No. 5 K Matt Prater, No. 36 KR Dwayne Washington, No. 48 LS Don Muhlbach