Steelers vs. Lions Preview: Big Ben Better Off in Detroit Than Reno

Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst IOctober 9, 2009

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 4:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to pass the ball in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field on October 4, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Note: The quotes in this article are fictional.

It may be true when they say "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," but what happens in Lake Tahoe, well, that'll follow you all the way home to Pittsburgh. Twice.

Ben Roethlisberger, who was sued for sexual assault in July by a Harrah's Casino employee in Reno, is now being sued by anotherHarrah's employee, who claims he was fired when Roethlisberger complained that the employee demanded to see identification for a woman at Roethlisberger's table.

"I'll be darned if I ever go there again," says Roethlisberger. "Call it my 'last Harrah's.' Incidentally, my favorite football player right now is Seattle Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy. If this guy were in front of me right now, somebody'd have to hold me back. I guess I'd tell him the same thing I told her: 'I'd like to hit that.'"

"If country legend Johnny Cash was here to put this to music, he'd definitely sing about 'A Boy Named Sue.' Well, this plaintiff needs to familiarize himself with the lyrics of Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues,' particularly the lines that reads 'I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.'"

The Steelers will play at Detroit's Ford Field for the first time since winning Super Bowl XL. The Lions will be without rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, who injured his knee last week against the Bears.

"Who says teams don't win Super Bowl in Detroit?" says Stafford.

The Lions have a chance in this game, ifwide receiver Calvin Johnson catches 25 passes for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. But the Steelers defense isn't that shaky.

They'll take away Johnson, and the offense will utilize emerging threat Rashard Mendenhall on the ground, and Roethlisberger will be as carefree in the pocket as he was in Reno back in 2008.

Pittsburgh wins, 34-17


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