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The Steelers focused a lot of blocking attention on Suh, and he was largely neutralized. He did not officially record a single tackle, though my notes had him for a tackle-for-loss on Felix Jones.
I also noted that Suh upped the intensity level on Pittsburgh's third drive, after the Steelers had scored touchdowns on their first two possessions. He played well but has little to show for it.
As I wrote in the initial takeaways, once again Fairley is all or nothing. He dominated for a short stretch but was largely a liability the rest of the game. This is what he does, and Lions fans will just have to accept that going forward.
One word springs to mind: ineffective. Young could not generate pressure against what has been a very substandard Steelers left tackle situation. He never got near Big Ben. Young also got caught flat-footed and missed an easy tackle-for-loss. This was his worst game of the season.
Taylor filled in as the starting right end for an injured Ziggy Ansah. Like Young, he struggled to get into the backfield despite facing a makeshift Pittsburgh line. I had him for two QB pressures, but he did not register a single tackle.
It almost seems as if I could cut and paste Idonije's grade every week. Other than an inspired effort against his old team in Chicago last week, Idonije offers nothing to this defense. He registered one tackle and looked sluggish in his attempts to rush the passer.
Once Ansah returns from his ankle injury, his fellow African native needs to be the one losing the playing time. Sorry Izzy, but it's over.
Mosley was the most effective pass-rusher for Detroit on the day despite only playing about half the snaps. He hit Roethlisberger twice and forced an errant throw on another gut rush. Unfortunately, he was guilty of a Fairley-esque roughing penalty.
Lane saw heavy action early and flashed a little as a pass-rusher. After that, it was hard to notice him on the field even with his garish ponytail.