Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Full Roster Report Card for Detroit

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Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Full Roster Report Card for Detroit
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The Detroit Lions fell 37-27 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. It was a rough loss, as the Lions played one great quarter and looked lost the rest of the game. 

The Lions still have not won in Pittsburgh since 1955. This was their best chance to break that dubious string, but Detroit was not up to the challenge. 

Detroit heads home for a date with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are now 2-8 after whipping the Atlanta Falcons. It's the very definition of a trap game, an inferior opponent before a short-week contest with the division rival Green Bay Packers

The Bucs are dangerous, having won two in a row. The Lions will have to bring a better all-around effort to Ford Field than they brought to Pittsburgh, or else they risk being humiliated. 

The grading scale here is somewhat subjectively based on my expectations for player performance. As an example, if Ndamukong Suh gets three tackles and one quarterback pressure, that will grade lower than C.J. Mosley doing the same things.

Impact plays like turnovers, touchdowns or other big plays rate highly. Penalties, blown assignments and giveaways really hurt the grade for a player.

Here are my grades for the Lions..

*All statistics are from ESPN unless otherwise noted.

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