Steelers red zone defense responded to challenge from Mike Tomlin

AP

The big plays on offense (specifically JuJu Smith-Schuster‘s) will steal most of the headlines.

But the way the Steelers’ defense dominated the Lions in the red zone had as much or more to do with a Sunday night win over the Lions, and came as a direct result of those guys being challenged.

Via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, coach Mike Tomlin had called out the defense last week, telling them their red zone work “sucked.” Coupled with the Lions continuing to try to get to the end zone in vain, they clearly had an edge about them.

“I felt like they were trying us. It’s disrespectful,” linebacker Vince Williams said of fourth-and-goal tries. “[Matt] Prater’s a great kicker. You better run him out here or ya’ll aren’t about to get any points.”

It was a frustrating night for the Lions. Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 423 yards but not that last one he needed. Twice in the second half they turned it over on downs inside the 10-yard line, including once when a field goal would have given them a 15-13 lead.

That first stop was punctuated by Smith-Schuster’s play, which effectively marked the end of the night for the Lions.

11 responses to “Steelers red zone defense responded to challenge from Mike Tomlin

  1. “I felt like they were trying us. It’s disrespectful,” linebacker Vince Williams said of fourth-and-goal tries.

    We know, absolutely everything is disrespectful now.

  2. With the talent the lions have on offense you had to go for it on 4th down at the 1 that early in the game.

  3. If the Steelers’ defense gives up 20 points it is a surefire, slam dunk, done deal loss for the Steelers so yeah, I guess the Steelers’ defense “had as much or more to do with a Sunday night win” as that sweet, sweet 20 points of offense that Big Ben hung.

  4. Steelers red zone performance suck eggs too. Although dropped passes in the end zone (Rogers, Heyward-Bey) certainly contributed to the Steelers lack of scoring. This team misses Heath Miller like crazy. Maybe they can pick up Ebron??

  5. jxt2521 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 7:21 am
    With the talent the lions have on offense you had to go for it on 4th down at the 1 that early in the game.

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    And they lost because that simple FG would have let them get another simple FG and probably win.

    TEAMS SHOULD ALWAYS TAKE THE POINTS UNTIL THEY ARE FORCED TO GO FOR IT BY TIME OR SCORE.

    Vince Lombardi learned that lesson in the 1960 championship game. The only playoff game he ever lost. He would have won 6 championships in 8 years if he just didn’t succumb to the same faulty reasoning that you display.

    He went for it twice and it ended up costing him the game and a title. He was smart enough to figure it out.

  6. citizenstrange | Oct 30, 2017, 7:59 AM EDT
    If the Steelers’ defense gives up 20 points it is a surefire, slam dunk, done deal loss for the Steelers so yeah, I guess the Steelers’ defense “had as much or more to do with a Sunday night win” as that sweet, sweet 20 points of offense that Big Ben hung.

    Ya it really sucks to be 6-2…….time to can the broken record crap….loser.

  7. citizenstrange says:
    October 30, 2017 at 7:59 am
    If the Steelers’ defense gives up 20 points it is a surefire, slam dunk, done deal loss for the Steelers so yeah, I guess the Steelers’ defense “had as much or more to do with a Sunday night win” as that sweet, sweet 20 points of offense that Big Ben hung.

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    How many games behind the Steelers are the Ravens now? The Steelers are going to have the division locked up by week 13.

  8. thesteelhurtin says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    The Steelers are going to have the division locked up by week 13.
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    Not much of an accomplishment. Look at that pitiful division. There’s 7 total wins between the bottom 3 teams, they should have it locked up already.

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