The Steelers lost to the Detroit Lions 30 to 17 on Friday night. Landry Jones had a good game and Darrius Heyward-Bey made a great catch for a second quarter touchdown. The receivers the rest of the evening they made too many drops and fumbles. The defense forced two turnovers and a sack. Doran Grant made an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Lions were able to convert 3rd downs and forced the Steelers defense to remain on the field on a hot and muggy night. The Steelers need to improve their 3rd down defense, force turnovers, and on special teams improved coverage on kickoffs and punts.
The most improvement during the pre-season is between the first and second game. Expect the defense to tighten up something as far as third down. Offensively try to improve the running game and the receivers had to make catches. Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles will answer some of those questions.