DETROIT (AP) For much of the second half <a title="Graham Gano Jersey" href="http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/graham-gano-jersey">Graham Gano Jersey</a> , it felt like the Pittsburgh Steelers were just holding on, trying to make it to their bye week before the Detroit Lions could reach the end zone.
Afterward, Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates could relax a bit. This wasn’t their best performance, but it was a win.
The Steelers made one big play offensively – a 97-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the third quarter – and that was enough for a 20-15 victory Sunday night. Now Pittsburgh heads into its open date with its two-game lead in the AFC North still intact.Article continues below ...
”We find ways to bounce back even when guys aren’t necessarily doing everything right,” Roethlisberger said.
Three times in the second half, the Lions (3-4) had the ball inside the Pittsburgh 10-yard line <a title="Charles Johnson Jersey" href="http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/charles-johnson-jersey">Charles Johnson Jersey</a> , but they came away with only three points total from those drives.
BETTER PROTECTION: One silver lining for Detroit was the job an injury-plagued offensive line did protecting Stafford. He was sacked only twice.
INJURIES: Pittsburgh can use the open date to rest up. Safety Mike Mitchell hurt his right ankle, and offensive lineman Chris Hubbard was evaluated for a concussion.
Detroit running back Dwayne Washington left with a concussion. Lions wide receiver Golden Tate played despite a shoulder issue that limited him in practice. He had seven catches for 86 yards.
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