DETROIT (AP) — For a lot of the second half, it felt just like the Pittsburgh Steelers have been simply holding on, attempting to make it to their bye week earlier than the Detroit Lions might attain the top zone.

Afterward, Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates might calm down a bit. This wasn’t their finest efficiency, but it surely was a win.

The Steelers made one mbadive play offensively — a 97-yard landing go from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster within the third quarter — and that was sufficient for a 20-15 victory Sunday night time. Now Pittsburgh heads into its open date with its two-game lead within the AFC North nonetheless intact.

“We discover methods to bounce again even when guys aren’t essentially doing every part proper,” Roethlisberger mentioned.

3 times within the second half, the Lions (Three-Four) had the ball contained in the Pittsburgh 10-yard line, however they got here away with solely three factors whole from these drives.

“We have got to maximise our alternatives once we’re down there. Simply very poor, very poor,” Detroit working again Ameer Abdullah mentioned. “Bought to discover a option to rating.”

The Lions have been down 13-12 within the third after they have been stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Then Roethlisberger discovered Smith-Schuster deep over the center for the 97-yard landing.

Detroit later needed to accept a 19-yard discipline purpose after once more failing close to the purpose line, and on the finish, the Lions turned the ball over on downs when Matthew Stafford threw incomplete from the Pittsburgh eight.

“When you may hold them out of the top zone and simply hand over discipline targets, that is enormous,” Steelers defensive finish Cameron Heyward mentioned.

The Steelers (6-2) have received three in a row, and Detroit has misplaced three straight.

Right here are some things we discovered from Pittsburgh’s victory:

WR DEPTH: Smith-Schuster is a succesful deep menace if the opponent incorporates Antonio Brown. Detroit held Brown to 5 catches for 70 yards, and Pittsburgh receiver Martavis Bryant was inactive after his social media outburst following a victory over Cincinnati the earlier weekend. Smith-Schuster, nevertheless, completed with seven catches for 193 yards, together with the lengthy TD within the third quarter.

“The rationale I saved trying again, due to ‘Madden’ my velocity is like 82, 83. So I used to be like, ‘Nah, I believe they are going to catch me, they are going to catch me,'” he mentioned. “After which subsequent, , I pulled away and I swerved to the correct and I used to be capable of get the landing.”

RUNNING WOES: A part of the explanation the Lions struggled close to the purpose line was as a result of their working recreation is not sufficient of a menace. Detroit completed with 71 yards on 22 carries, and it was laborious for the Lions to maneuver the ball close to the top zone in conditions when the protection might anticipate a run.

SPLIT CROWD: It most likely wasn’t one of the best day for the Lions to strive for a “blue out” at Ford Subject. Detroit inspired followers to indicate up sporting blue, however the impact was largely negated as a result of there have been so many Steelers followers readily available sporting black and gold.

BETTER PROTECTION: One silver lining for Detroit was the job an injury-plagued offensive line did defending Stafford. He was sacked solely twice.

INJURIES: Pittsburgh can use the open date to relaxation up. Security Mike Mitchell damage his proper ankle, and offensive lineman Chris Hubbard was evaluated for a concussion.

Detroit working again Dwayne Washington left with a concussion. Lions broad receiver Golden Tate performed regardless of a shoulder concern that restricted him in follow. He had seven catches for 86 yards.

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