Ernie Simms may be the pivotal game changer in this matchup if he can force the Steelers offense into a one dimensional attack.
Last Time These Teams Met:
In the 2005 Week 17 Season, the Steelers beat the Lions 21-35 to gain the sixth seed that eventually led to a Super Bowl Championship.
The Teams share a series tie at 14-14-1.
Pittsburgh Steelers 48-12 Detroit Lions.
PIT Ike Taylor (Abdominal Tear, 9 Weeks)
PIT Troy Polamalu (MCL Sprain, 3 Weeks)
DET Larry Foote (Foot Stress Fracture, 7 Weeks)
DET Calvin Johnson (Upper Arm Fracture, Out for Season)
DET Kevin Smith (MCL Sprain, Probable)
When the 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers travel to the 2-2 Detroit Lions they will be missing one whole half of the field of the Secondary with Injuries to Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu. It won't get hard for them as the Lions are without Calvin Johnson.
Look for the Steelers to pound the ball early between Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker with the loss of Middle Linebacker Larry Foote.
The Detroit Lions may be in for a long day, but if they defeat the Steelers they can achieve their first winning record since 2007 when they started off 6-2 before losing seven of their last eight games to fail to make the playoffs for 8 seasons.