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Steelers vow not to be bullied by the Lions

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If the Lions intend to win at Pittsburgh for the first time since 1955, the Steelers don’t plan to just let them.

At this time of year, the Steelers usually are the contenders and the Lions often are playing out the string.  This time, the roles are reversed — and the Lions will be rolling into town with a reputation for chippy play that at times crosses the line.

We’re definitely not going to get bullied,” Sanders said Thursday, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That’s not going to happen around here. Nobody is going to bully no one around here.

“As far as matching their intensity, we’re definitely going to match their intensity.  No one is going to walk over us.”

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has bigger concerns, even if he articulated them in jest.

“Yeah, you have to be careful,” Roethlisberger said regarding the prospect of playing the Lions.  “You’ll end up dead if you’re not careful.”  (That advice also applies to riding a motorcycle without a helmet.)

“I guess I can take that somewhat as a compliment,” Suh said in response, via Robinson.  “But no, there’s going to be no killing on Sunday.”

If it was a compliment, that’s where the compliments ended.

“Everyone knows who’s the dirtiest player in the league right now,” Sanders said regarding Suh.  “He takes pride in that.  He takes pride in being one of the dirtiest players because, on defense, you’ve got to have to have that mentality.  But we’re not going to get bullied.”

Setting aside the fact that the term “bullied” seems a little awkward and misplaced given recent events in Miami, Sanders is projecting precisely the kind of mindset that has characterized the Steelers for the last four decades.  This year, however, the spirit may have remained willing, but the flesh has become quite weak.

As a result, Sunday’s game will be a good test of whether the Steelers really still are the Steelers.

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68 Responses to “Steelers vow not to be bullied by the Lions”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2013 9:00 AM

    What do you know, there’s that word again, “bullying.”

    Surprise!

    SMH.

  2. Jikky Jax says: Nov 15, 2013 9:00 AM

    Wow, it has come to this, the Steelers vowing not to be bullied by the Lions.

  3. joemammy says: Nov 15, 2013 9:02 AM

    I don’t think there’s much that the Steelers can do about it, at this point. Just take your lumps, Ben…

  4. ziggystheansah says: Nov 15, 2013 9:04 AM

    Everyone knows your team & you suck, Emmanual. We will take an injured Burleson over you.
    Anyways, if Suh and Fairley don’t bully you, Calvin will.

    Bottom dwellers

  5. nickinneohio says: Nov 15, 2013 9:06 AM

    Yep. The Steelers are still the Steelers.
    Lions 45-17!!

  6. 87hollywoodhorn says: Nov 15, 2013 9:09 AM

    meanwhile ndamukong suh vows to bully the pittsburgh o line

  7. TheRealLogicalVoice says: Nov 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    Man, the world “bully” is really starting to lose it’s meaning. Complete desensitization of it’s meaning.

  8. athwartships says: Nov 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    Wait……The Steelers vow no to lose a football game? Shouldn’t that have been the plan since week 1?

  9. lingsun54 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:12 AM

    Say what you want about Suh. He’s never injured guys the way the Steelers have with their deliberate helmet to helmet hits.

  10. lionsmark09 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:12 AM

    So they plan on playing like the old Steelers and take dirty shots? I am pretty sure that will make for an interesting game. Let’s just hope that no fights break out. Letting the whole world know that you intend to match their “dirtiness” before the game even starts is asking for trouble.

  11. wryly1 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:13 AM

    Steelers secondary has struggled against 2d tier WR’s and QB’s. Can’t imagine they’ll fare much better against Megatron and Stafford.

  12. mortalkondek says: Nov 15, 2013 9:13 AM

    It’s still so weird to hear my team referred to as bullies after being the punchline for so long.

  13. lks311 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    May be the single oddest headline I’ve read on PFT this year.

  14. ampats says: Nov 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    Sad times for Steeler Nation when the Steelers are talking about being bullied. This franchise continues to head in the wrong direction. They might actually finish in last place behind the Browns. Will we see Steeler fans with paper bags over their heads by the end of the season?

  15. jrbtoo says: Nov 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    So now the word bully has to be over and mis-used in the all stories about the NFL now.

  16. buckethead1 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    Steelers win on a crap field 17-13

  17. mrbigass says: Nov 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    I’ll swap your dirty player for a rapist and a bully to be named later.

    It’s the NFL folks, get used to it…….

  18. getatmeplease says: Nov 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    The dirtiest player in the league despite never injuring anyone… mmkay.

  19. lks311 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:20 AM

    If you look at the very last play from the Chicago game, Nick Fairley blows up the run with Matt Forte and everyone dashes towards Fairley to celebrate…except Ndamukong Suh, who helps Forte up.

    Odd behavior from the “dirtiest man in the NFL today”.

  20. flipadelphia says: Nov 15, 2013 9:24 AM

    Quit your whining. Seriously. I’m tired of hearing Suh is this Suh is that. Why doesn’t your line just show up and block him and you won’t have to worry about it.

  21. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    “Setting aside the fact that the term ‘bullied’ seems a little awkward and misplaced given recent events in Miami, … ”

    I think a commonsense interpretation makes it quite obvious how the term is being used, and it’s not mis-placed in this context. There are different forms of “bullying,” – as there are varying meanings for the majority of words.

  22. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    Well, he’s greater than Stafford, because he has rings, right? So, nothing to worry about. Sarcasm.

  23. karla36 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    This will be the only week this year I will be hoping for many Suh sacks!!! Can’t wait to see it!

  24. isphet71 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:27 AM

    I don’t think anyone on the Detroit side of this game, players, coaches, or fans, has ever thought for a second that this would be an easy game where the Lions would just push the Steelers around all day.

    A blowout for either team isn’t completely off the table, but it’s pretty unlikely. This should be a close one.

  25. exnavysub says: Nov 15, 2013 9:29 AM

    Does it really matter? The Steelers are a mess. Doesnt matter if they win or lose really.

    And Ill say this now about the NFL this year. Full of weak, mediocre teams that are just a mess. Last year wasnt much better, but this year is much worse.

    I hate them with a passion, but seems clear to me that the Patriots are going to be in the Super Bowl this year, and probably win it. They were missing some key players earlier on, and still found ways to win. As much as it pains me to say this, Bill Bellichick almost always has his players ready, whether they are normal starters or not. I see no other team in the AFC that can stop their offense. I dont even see the Broncos offense being able to have their way with the Pats D, especially now that Manning has the ankle issue that is obviously getting worse and will only get worse as the season goes on.

  26. thehuckster404 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:29 AM

    The Steelers wouldn’t be talking about getting bullied unless it was a possibility. Strange times in the NFL.

  27. m2karateman says: Nov 15, 2013 9:31 AM

    At least Suh’s ‘dirty’ plays never hurt and took out his own team mate. Go ask David DeCastro about how that feels.

  28. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Nov 15, 2013 9:31 AM

    I’m guessing Suh will be eating up blockers while the rest of the Lions D runs untouched at Ben’s knees or earhole.

    Megatron should have a good day unless Ike T channels 2 years ago.

    However, the game must be played. Good luck Lions, stay thirsty.

  29. burnzy32 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:34 AM

    Hey Ben…..one…two…Suh is coming for you, three….four….better lock your doors!

  30. wingz101 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    This is going to an interesting game … that Steeler’s o-line is pretty bad and the Lions have been really shutting down enemy run games. It will be up to Big Ben and his WR corps. Could actually be a pretty high scoring game!

  31. steeltroll says: Nov 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Ugh. Look, if you have to vow that you will not get bullied in the first place, things don’t look good. Can anyone imagine Hines Ward even bothering saying this? Not the Steelers of the past decade anymore. I call victory if the o line keeps Ben from getting carted off the field.

  32. lionhunter909 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:44 AM

    Just who is this “Sanders’ anyway? His comment ‘everyone knows who’s the dirtiest player in the league right now’ is just slightly provocative. If I
    was Suh, I’d be kind of pissed. Hopefully someone other than Suh will lay this guy out on Sunday. Legally of course……

  33. ginojohn says: Nov 15, 2013 9:45 AM

    from bully to being bullyed???

  34. radsputin says: Nov 15, 2013 9:49 AM

    Forget for a second that this is the type of game the Lions have proven for decades that they can easily lose…WHAT!? “Suh is the dirtiest player in the league” Is the equivalent of “Bush lied, people died” or “Obama is the smartest man in the world.” It’s a phrase that is intentionally spread among the intellectually incompetent until it becomes their reality.

  35. abninf says: Nov 15, 2013 9:53 AM

    If they get bullied will they run to the locker room crying?

  36. footballfather says: Nov 15, 2013 9:54 AM

    It’s time people stop labeling the Lions as a team that engages in “chippy play that at times crosses the line” until someone can PROVE that they do it more than any other team in the league. PROVE IT.

  37. kingpickles says: Nov 15, 2013 9:56 AM

    Why is a pint sized receiver defending the Steelers reputation?

  38. ravanator says: Nov 15, 2013 9:57 AM

    This game will be a snooze fest, the worst game this week. Two weak franchises going nowhere but the basement. Game ends in a 3-3 tie.

    #ravensownthenfl
    #ravensrepeat

  39. rockbottom37 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:57 AM

    Just shut the hell up and play football …you are 3-6!

  40. nwest20 says: Nov 15, 2013 9:59 AM

    Enough with the “bullying” crap. It’s football. It’s defense. SHUT UP ALREADY! It’s old news!! Suh and Nick will do their job this weekend plain and simple.

  41. grumpyoleman says: Nov 15, 2013 10:01 AM

    That field is going to suck by Sunday. I think it may slow down the Lions pass rush. Probably be a low scoring sloppy game.

  42. karla36 says: Nov 15, 2013 10:08 AM

    I don’t like bullies, but this week I’ll give Suh a pass.

  43. getyourownname says: Nov 15, 2013 10:15 AM

    Why would anyone expect a team that had their ping pong privleges restored to now be bullied?

  44. iltibido says: Nov 15, 2013 10:17 AM

    They can always file a complaint with the Commish.

  45. richiebburg says: Nov 15, 2013 10:17 AM

    flipadelphia says:
    Nov 15, 2013 9:24 AM
    Quit your whining. Seriously. I’m tired of hearing Suh is this Suh is that. Why doesn’t your line just show up and block him and you won’t have to worry about it

    Well then you’d be hearing about how Suh has gone soft and needs to get dirty again.

  46. 6ball says: Nov 15, 2013 10:28 AM

    .

    The Lions strength is their defensive front. The Steelers weakness is their offensive line. The winner of that match up, most likely wins the game.
    .

  47. southpaw2k says: Nov 15, 2013 10:40 AM

    See, now I’m kinda hoping at some point during the game, Ndamakong Suh yells at Ben, “Gimme all your lunch money, punk!”

  48. aikmanschinstrap says: Nov 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    “Yinz just don’t know. The Steelers are the greatest team in the world. We have 6 rings…ha ha ha…”

    What is being said in every Eat n Park between Johnstown and the Ohio border.

  49. mylionsroaring says: Nov 15, 2013 10:50 AM

    I am a Lions fan in hopes of getting a win, but I am worried going into Pittsburgh. The Steelers have played very good at times, and with all the injuries they have a chip on their shoulder. Add the fact the Lions have not won there since 1955 and it adds another level to it. The scariest part is both teams have a shot at the playoffs, and the Steelers may not be in that position if the lose on Sunday, but the Lions still will.

    Go Lions!!!!

    I expect a great game!!

    Here’s to no more injuries on either team Sunday

  50. ken49ers says: Nov 15, 2013 11:05 AM

    This coming from the franchise that had Mr. Fines himself James Harrison.

  51. nflfollower says: Nov 15, 2013 11:07 AM

    Rain and a sloppy field might keep this game closer than some people think. But I still like my teams chances, especially with all the in house bickering about who started the rumor about Big Ben wanting a trade…. And just the way these two teams have been playing I like Detroit to win. 2-3 turnovers by Big Ben will be the difference he will try to do too much.

  52. granadafan says: Nov 15, 2013 11:16 AM

    “flipadelphia says:
    Nov 15, 2013 9:24 AM
    Quit your whining. Seriously. I’m tired of hearing Suh is this Suh is that. Why doesn’t your line just show up and block him and you won’t have to worry about it”
    ===============================================

    You just don’t get it. Teams ARE blocking him. It’s the dirty and unsportsmanlike crap that has earned Suh the dirtiest player title. Stomping on people, pile driving, supplexes, and headbutts are NOT the way you play the game.

    Suh seems to be trying to improve but his emotions get the best of him too often. Stop trying to defend the indefensible.

  53. fievel03 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:22 AM

    The Lions will be lying in the grass of Heinz field…… incognito….. What? Too soon?!?!?

  54. bearshaterseverywhere says: Nov 15, 2013 11:30 AM

    Dirtiest team in the NFL.

  55. daknight93 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:38 AM

    I’ve never thought I would say this about a steeler team ever, but they’re a “Fragile and Soft” Football team that is very old and slow..Steelers lost their intensity and toughness, The Pats scoring 55 pts on them with scrub receivers is very embarrassing and sad…Lions by 3 in close game

  56. troy43mvp says: Nov 15, 2013 11:38 AM

    Can somebody please remind me when the last playoff game was won by the Detroit Lions? Seriously I am only 43 years old……I don’t know?

  57. olcap says: Nov 15, 2013 11:42 AM

    I can’t tell you how many times I have hit the “Report Comment” link when ATTEMPTING to vote. It is TOO CLOSE!

  58. fievel03 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:48 AM

    @olcap
    I agree. I’d love to see it moved to the opposite side of the comment box. Or even the upper right-hand corner.

  59. alphaq2 says: Nov 15, 2013 11:54 AM

    I miss the days when the term “bullying” was reserved for children. What’s next? Are we going to start calling whistle blowers “tattle tales”?

  60. yousuxxors says: Nov 15, 2013 12:01 PM

    I love that the Steelers suck this year. sick of hearing their annoying ass fans … wah wah 6 rings next man up every pick is golden. suh is going to destroy you guys.

  61. mack2x says: Nov 15, 2013 12:03 PM

    The term “bully” has officially become an overused buzz word. Funny, haven’t seen any Lions rip a guy’s helmet off and then head butt him.

  62. mack2x says: Nov 15, 2013 12:16 PM

    granadafan says:
    It’s the dirty and unsportsmanlike crap that has earned Suh the dirtiest player title.

    How many times have you actually watched the man play? Or are you just spouting what espn and pft told you?

  63. joerymi says: Nov 15, 2013 1:13 PM

    Can somebody please remind me when the last playoff game was won by the Detroit Lions? Seriously I am only 43 years old……I don’t know?
    ——————————————————

    You were 21.

    In the here and now, their future is looking brighter than the Steelers.

  64. Laura says: Nov 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    “You know about Ndamukong Suh. He’s paid the NFL offices a lot of money,” Sanders said. “It’s evident. Everyone knows who’s the dirtiest player in the league right now. He takes pride in that.”

    Says the guy whose team employed James Harrison for over a decade. The irony is most rich.

  65. zam0854 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:57 PM

    Dont matter when the last playoff game was won by the Lions. They’re in 1st place in their division and the Steelers are the armpit of the AFC.

    Write this down or take a picture now when I say that the Steelers will go into a 4-5 year slump after this season. Bengals and the Browns will takeover this division while the old, slow, and geriatric-like Steelers fall into the depths of the NFL’s worst.

  66. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    In the here and now, their future is looking brighter than the Steelers.

    In the here and now the lions haven’t won anything. Until they do win something you are just making noise.ssshh skippy win something ….

  67. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 15, 2013 6:18 PM

    yousuxxors says:
    Nov 15, 2013 12:01 PM
    I love that the Steelers suck this year. sick of hearing their annoying ass fans … wah wah 6 rings next man up every pick is golden. suh is going to destroy you guys.

    Im sure you are tired of hearing about six rings. Seeing how that dirt bag team from detoilet will never see one.

  68. steelerfansince72 says: Nov 17, 2013 5:00 PM

    So what do all of you no football knowledge, Steeler hating, wannabees have to say now? Yeah that’s what I thought NOTHING? All of that crap ou talked above about how the Steelers are gonna get used and destroyed by Suh and all about how Ben is just going to take his lumps. Here is what you all can take. A FLYING LEAP BACK INTO THAT THAT TOILET OF A CITY WITH YOUR LIONS!!!! Next time just shut up and let people only think your stupid. Instead of opening your fat mouths and removing all doubt. STEELERS OVER LIONS 37 TO 27!!!! Lions haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 1955 and as of today it still holds true. GO HOME LIONS AND TAKE YOUR FANS WITH YOU!!!!

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