Time once again for the Lions Congregation – where the best of the Lions Bloggers on the web get together and provide there take on burning questions of the day.
The Derrick Williams that excelled at Penn state could be the answer. The Derrick Williams in practice could be the answer. The Derrick Williams that showed up in preseason games is not. Lets hope the right one shows up, and solidifies what looks to be the weakest pick of this draft thus far. One way is what the Lions did this week: Activate Zack Follett, make no pretense he’s going to be playing LB anytime soon and give him one job to do – stop the returner cold in his tracks. It’s all on Follett this week to make his mark as a special teams specialist and earn his roster spot. I have a feeling he responds, and responds well.
2. With the emergence of Rashard Mendenhall and the maturation of Ben Roethlisberger, how do you defend the Steelers?
The Steelers are still a bit weak on the line, and Ben holds the ball way too long. You have to keep hitting him and getting pressure. He doesn’t like to take the short dump-off routes, so take away the long ball long enough to get to him, and focus on stopping the run. Ben is not a dink-n-dunker he is more of a take a long shot, or hand it off. If you make him hit the short middle on quick passes, you can force him into sacks or turnovers. Run blitzing successfully will be key.
3. What’s your prediction for Steelers – Lions?
No score prediction, but unless the Lions play perfect and the Steelers have a bad game, I’m going to go with another Lions loss – but also another strong effort with more progress and improvement seen.