Leftwich ineffective but Steelers beat Lions 23-7

Posted: 15/08/2010 in NFL

Steelers make short work of Lions

Jeff Reed connected on three field goals to help  the  Pittsburgh Steelers take  a 23-7 win over  the Detroit Lions in the preseason opener for both squads.

Pittsburgh  quarterback  Ben Roethlisberger, coming  off an offseason that saw him  plagued  by legal troubles,  did not  play in the  game. He will miss the first six games of the regular season as he was suspended by the NFL under the personal-conduct policy, but he is allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason.

Byron  Leftwich  started under center  and went 6-for-10  for 43 yards for the Steelers,  who  failed to make  the playoffs last season  due to a 9-7 record, finishing third in the AFC North. Isaac Redman had 15 carries for 60 yards and a score while Antonio Brown had three catches for 84 yards and a score.

Matthew  Stafford  went  8-for-11  for  61  yards  with  a  touchdown  and  an interception for the Lions, who finished last season with a mark of 2-14, last in  the NFC North  and second-worst in the NFL. Calvin Johnson had two catches for  10  yards and  a score  while rookie Jahvid  Best had  six carries for 29 yards.

Reed kicked a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter to stake Pittsburgh to a 3-0 lead, but Johnson hauled in a two-yard touchdown catch early in the second to give the Lions a 7-3 advantage.

Reed  later  added a  37-yard field goal  and a one-yard  run from Redman gave Pittsburgh  a 13-7  lead heading into the  half, which began with 1:37 left in the second quarter due to heavy thunderstorms that were pounding the area.

Reed  booted a 32-yard  field goal for the only points of the third quarter to give the Steelers a 16-7 lead.

Brown’s  68-yard touchdown catch from Dennis Dixon in the fourth accounted for the final score.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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