Things To Watch For in Tonight's Pittsburgh Steelers' Game

Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIAugust 14, 2010

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 19:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers practices on April 19, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Steelers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger

Will he be booed or will he be cheered? He is a very good quarterback who has already won two Super Bowl titles and is hungry for more. Unfortunately, he also had an offseason where he was accused of rape. Granted, no charges were filed (you're innocent until proven guilty), but he did put himself in that situation. Furthermore, fans don't care about the law; if you're accused, you're guilty in their eyes.

The Steelers' Running Attack versus Ndamukong Suh

The Detroit Lions have had one of the most pathetic defences in recent memory. All that is about to change with the addition of Ndamukong Suh. With Rashard Mendenhall showing he is a solid No. 1 running back, this could be quite a challenge for the first-year DT. In fact, add in Mewelde Moore as a third-down back, and Jonathan Dwyer as a power running back that was projected by some to go in the first round, you're looking at one of the most difficult matchups Suh will have. It will answer the question whether one man can fix a defence? After all, if the Lions do well against the Steelers' running attack then the key had to have been Suh. Of course, with how few plays the starters will get it may not be any indication of things to come at all.

Matthew Stafford versus the Steel Curtain

Stafford is one of the most talented prospects in the NFL. The salary he gets is more than most quarterbacks in the league; he is paid like a top five QB. So he needs to go out there and prove he is worth the money. To do that, he needs to fight the best defence in the NFL—the Pittsburgh Steelers' defence. Dick Lebeau is one of the most imaginative defensive coordinators in the history of the NFL. He has Troy Polamalu manning the backfield for the first several snaps. With the return of Aaron Smith, as well as a healthy Polamalu, expect the Steel Curtain to play very well against Stafford. This is the year Stafford has to prove his worth.

Special Teams

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Don't expect that much of a difference from the Lions special teams. If they improve, it will be the improvement of their young players, but it won't be much. The Steelers, on the other hand, gave up a lot of touchdowns on special teams. This game may be an indication of whether or not the Steelers have fixed that problem.