Too many findings from an NFL pre-season game make little sense. However, the Detroit Lions have a lot to tidy up after Saturday’s show with Week 1 closer.
The Lions were placed in a low hole for the loud first half, and their late rally was short on Saturday night in a pre-season loss of 26-20 against Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Lions have a lot to do before their opener against the San Francisco 49ers on September 12, when only one exhibition game is left.
Several central Lions, including Jared Goff quarterback, T.J. Hockenson tight end, and offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Frank Ragnow, didn’t play in the battle. For Detroit, Tim Boyle started and was only 44 meters away in 7/15.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger helped Pittsburgh begin its scoring midway through his 18th season with the Steelers. At the end of the second series, he found himself in the final zone for a 14-0 early advantage, with an 11-yard touchdown toss at the tight rookie end, Pat Freiermuth.
At half-time, the Lions trailed 20-0 and committed just 65 yards of crime. Only four first downs were converted to Pittsburgh’s 13.
When Godwin Igwebuike wrestled in the end area from seven meters, the Lions did not mark until the opening play of the final picture. David Blough’s quarterback managed two more late contacts down drives for the eventual score in the early third quarter to relieve Boyle.