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DETROIT (6 - 3) at PITTSBURGH (3 - 6)
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Week 11 Sunday, 11/17/2013 1:00 PM
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DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-3+2.45-45-426.412.0410.2(6.1)1.424.011.7376.2(6.1)1.6
Road Games3-2+0.83-21-421.89.6355.8(5.7)0.820.610.8390.0(5.9)1.2
Last 3 Games2-1+0.61-22-125.38.0473.7(6.6)1.725.310.3342.3(5.8)0.3
Grass Games3-1+23-11-322.08.5364.2(5.7)0.719.511.0400.5(6)1.2
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.412.022.931:3926-104(4)25-4161.4%306(7.4)67-410(6.1)(15.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.513.221.231:3627-112(4.2)23-3762.8%254(6.9)64-366(5.7)(14.4)
Offense Road Games21.89.620.829:2523-88(3.8)23-3959.7%268(6.8)62-356(5.7)(16.3)
Defense (All Games)24.011.719.328:2123-101(4.5)23-3960.1%276(7.1)62-376(6.1)(15.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.112.720.330:4625-110(4.4)23-3761.9%249(6.7)62-359(5.8)(14.3)
Defense Road Games20.610.821.830:3524-110(4.6)26-4260.4%280(6.6)67-390(5.9)(18.9)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.82.314-641.5%1-156.9%3-62(23.9)17-2(10.2)6-52
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-430.8%1-171.4%2-63(26)2-13(6.2)6-50
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 13-538.4%1-153.7%3-70(24.5)22-2(10.9)6-52
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-536.6%1-066.7%2-45(24.8)3-12(4.7)7-57

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-6-5.23-63-619.98.2337.2(5.6)
Home Games2-2-1.32-21-318.58.0310.0(5.5)2.220.510.0250.2(4.2)0.2
Last 3 Games1-2-1.41-21-224.07.7351.7(5.4)2.028.716.0372.0(6)1.7
Grass Games2-4-4.22-42-419.87.5325.0(5.4)2.222.813.5278.8(4.8)0.7
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2412.319.931:0228-109(3.9)22-3661.2%241(6.7)64-350(5.5)(14.6)
Offense Home Games18.58.017.730:1024-97(4)20-3264.6%213(6.7)56-310(5.5)(16.8)
Defense (All Games)24.213.418.829:0330-127(4.2)19-3160.9%201(6.5)61-329(5.4)(13.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.611.81930:4528-117(4.2)21-3559.5%222(6.3)63-339(5.4)(15)
Defense Home Games20.510.016.729:5029-99(3.4)19-3162.6%151(4.9)60-250(4.2)(12.2)
PITTSBURGH - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.6214-638.7%1-044.8%2-52(23.5)23-2(9.7)6-53
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-538.2%1-066.7%3-60(19.3)3-24(9.3)6-54
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 14-537.5%1-048.8%3-64(24.1)22-2(10.5)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-536.2%1-1100.0%3-43(15.7)2-21(8.5)5-45
Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 20.9,  PITTSBURGH 19.1
DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2013@ WASHINGTON27-20W-1W48U23-6325-42-378122-12032-50-3002
10/6/2013@ GREEN BAY9-22L10L52U19-6425-40-222033-18020-30-2690
10/13/2013@ CLEVELAND31-17W-1.5W43.5O28-11825-43-248121-12626-43-2692
11/10/2013@ CHICAGO21-19W-1.5W52U26-14518-35-219120-3827-49-3001
11/17/2013@ PITTSBURGH            
11/24/2013TAMPA BAY            
11/28/2013GREEN BAY            
12/8/2013@ PHILADELPHIA            

PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/13/2013@ NY JETS19-6W-1.5W40.5U26-7324-31-255020-8319-34-1842
10/27/2013@ OAKLAND18-21L-2.5L40U19-3529-45-241238-19710-19-823
11/3/2013@ NEW ENGLAND31-55L5.5L42.5O20-10828-48-371335-19723-33-4131
11/24/2013@ CLEVELAND            
11/28/2013@ BALTIMORE            
DETROIT: The running game figures to be an afterthought again for the NFL's most pass-happy team. Reggie Bush is the new No. 1 back, but he was brought in more for his receiving skills and ability in space. His carries will come working off the passing game and likely be a lot of delays and draws, and often out of the shotgun. Mikel Leshoure, a tentative plodder who was a disaster last season, will hopefully perform better in his second season back from a torn Achilles. Joique Bell has a chance to push Leshoure for playing time, but his strength is more in the passing game, making him the likely odd man out. Expect a lot more of Matthew Stafford sitting back in shotgun with three and four receivers. Calvin Johnson is obviously the focal point, often working up the seam and breaking off when safeties sit deep. With no reliable No. 2 receiver, Brandon Pettigrew is Stafford's second option, working the middle of the field while Nate Burleson acts as a third receiver. Bush will have a big role in the screen game and figures to flex out to the slot at times. Ryan Broyles remains a question mark coming off a torn ACL, and Mike Thomas must prove he can make plays downfield. Leshoure figures to take the reps when they get down near the goal line, though Stafford runs the occasional sneak. The Lions took a gamble on fifth overall pick DE Ezekiel Ansah and added newcomer DL Jason Jones from Seattle to bolster a weak pass rush (34 sacks, T-20th in NFL). Former Texans SS Glover Quin adds toughness to the secondary that is still searching for a serviceable No. 2 corner behind top CB Chris Houston. They did little else to improve their sagging defense that allowed 24+ points in each of their final eight games and had multiple takeaways just five times in 2012. Detroit has the 2nd-hardest NFL schedule in 2013.
PITTSBURGH: The Steelers remained pass-heavy under offensive coordinator Todd Haley last year, running out of a lot of spread looks. They essentially use the pass to set up the run, with the backs running almost exclusively between the tackles. They'll rotate backs again this year, with rookie Le'Veon Bell likely to emerge as a lead back. Jonathan Dwyer is less versatile than Bell and could be on his way out of Pittsburgh. Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling figure to split passing-down duties in the early going, though Stephens-Howling could end up taking the role full-time at some point. Haley brought more spread looks to Pittsburgh's offense. They go no-huddle frequently, with Ben Roethlisberger trusted to run the offense. Antonio Brown is now their undisputed No. 1 receiver, with the ability to be used deep or as a catch-and-run guy. Emmanuel Sanders is more of a possession receiver and will likely share No. 2 targets with TE Heath Miller. Jerricho Cotchery should see solid playing time as their slot guy, and while rookie Markus Wheaton will be eased in, he should end up seeing significant snaps as their best deep threat. Only the Saints skewed more pass-heavy in goal-to-go situations than Pittsburgh (64.6% of snaps). Despite a host of injuries in 2012, the Steelers still led the NFL in yardage defense (276 YPG) and passing defense (185 YPG), while finishing sixth in scoring defense (19.6 PPG). Rookie OLB Jarvis Jones makes the team younger and faster, as does CB Cortez Allen, 24, replacing the departed Keenan Lewis. Pittsburgh still has plenty of productive veterans though, like 32-year-old S Troy Polamalu and DE Brett Keisel, 34. Per usual, the team's linebackers are relentless, with OLB LaMarr Woodley and ILB Lawrence Timmons.
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(UPDATES 13th graf with Steelers' Woodley and Keisel missing practice Friday.)

*Lions-Steelers Preview* ========================

The Detroit Lions are in sole possession of first place this late in the season for the first time in 14 years and have a parade of mostly losing teams left on their schedule.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those opponents with a sub-.500 record, but their stellar pass defense has certainly caught the attention of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

The Lions are also winless in their last nine trips to Pittsburgh and will try to end that slide Sunday against a Steelers team seeking a third straight home victory.

Detroit (6-3) took control of the NFC North with a 21-19 victory at Chicago last Sunday, moving one game ahead of the Bears and Green Bay. Seeking their first division title in 20 years, the Lions are in first this late in the season for the first time since they led the NFC Central after Week 10 in 1999.

"Being successful in this league is dealing with adversity and bouncing back, but it's increasingly becoming part of the scope of the NFL to deal with praise and to deal with the accolades and things like that," coach Jim Schwartz said. "It makes it difficult to stay level headed. It makes it difficult to stay even keeled throughout the course of a season."

The only team with a current winning record left on Detroit's schedule is Green Bay, which may not have Aaron Rodgers for that Thanksgiving matchup.

Much of the credit for the Lions' success goes to Stafford and Johnson. The quarterback is fourth in the NFL in TD passes (19) and yards (2,836) while Johnson is first in receiving yards per game (113.0) and tied for second in touchdown receptions with nine.

The Steelers (3-6) know they will see more of Johnson than they did the last time these teams met in Pittsburgh's 28-20 victory Oct. 11, 2009. Johnson had only a two-yard reception before leaving with a right knee injury.

"Johnson needs no endorsement from me," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "He is the best wide receiver in the game and one of the best football players period regardless of position in the game of professional football.

"He's got over 900 yards receiving, he's got nine touchdowns through nine games. You can talk about ways to minimize his impact on the game, people, coverages, all of that's been done through nine games this year and he's still at about 100 yards per game and a touchdown per game. Obviously we're going to take our swing at it."

The Lions are wary of a Pittsburgh defense that is limiting opponents to 201.3 passing yards per game to tie for the league's fourth-best mark. The Steelers held Buffalo to an opponent season-low 227 total yards in last Sunday's 23-10 victory.

"Their defense is playing well," Stafford said. "They still have playmakers. They have guys that can get after the passes, guys that can pick it off. (Troy) Polamalu is still a big time playmaker. Got to be mentally ready for this game."

The Steelers won't have rookie safety Shamarko Thomas, out with a high ankle sprain. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley's status was downgraded to doubtful due to a left calf injury, but he's still holding out hope to play. Defensive end Brett Keisel is also questionable due to a foot injury as both missed practice Friday.

Being short-handed would pose new challenges for Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, whose entire playing career between 1959-72 was with Detroit.

"They have a lot of different looks," Stafford said. "Their coordinator is a great coordinator. Been a coordinator in this league for a long time and does a great job."

Detroit's last victory in Pittsburgh dates to before LeBeau's time with the club. The Lions have lost eight straight on the road in this series and also played a 10-10 tie there in 1959 since a 31-28 victory in the Steel City in 1955.

Pittsburgh brushed aside a bit of a distraction during last weekend's win when Ben Roethlisberger refuted a report that he would ask for a trade in the offseason.

"I don't know where that came from," he said. "It is one of the most (untrue) stories that I've ever heard of. I've always said that I want to be a Steeler for life. I love it here. I'm happy here."

Roethlisberger's 87.6 passer rating is his lowest in five seasons and he managed 204 yards passing against the Bills for his third-lowest total of the season. He has been sacked 35 times for the NFL's second-highest total.

The Steelers have shown signs of improvement with a running game that has topped 100 yards in three of their last four games. They still own the league's sixth-worst rushing attack at 80.6 yards per game as they face a Detroit front that features defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley and has held its last three opponents to a combined 157 yards running and 2.5 per attempt.

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