The Detroit Lions are looking for some momentum as they try to turn the corner after their 0-8 start to the season and they will be forced to forego some of their key offensive players to get the job done do the road.
This week the Lions will be tasked with competing against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have had a short week behind them. Although they have had the week to recover, the Lions will lose a few key players to the matchup who could injure them on offense.
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This week, it won’t help Detroit that Williams is out. That means a steady dose of Jermar Jefferson on the field and D’Andre Swift running the ball. The running back has been a key player in the squad so far and the Lions would have loved to have him for this game. Otherwise, the Lions will miss Seibert, but should at least have some confidence in Ryan Santoso. The fact that Decker is back is a big plus for the team as he was out in the first half of the season due to an injury. With him on Wednesday, it’s likely he’ll be back in action this week. All other cases appear to be relatively harmless to Detroit, so most of the bad news has likely already been exposed.
The Lions are back on the field looking for any kind of positive momentum in their first week. There isn’t much hope for the team at 0-8 right now, but all of that could be washed away with a big win. Bye week may have helped the Lions refocus and rejuvenate, and the team hopes it has as they have so far fought on both offense and defense. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, will have a short week to deal with playing football on Monday Night. It will be a challenge for them to make a quick turnaround and prepare to play against a team like Detroit that doesn’t have much at stake.
Logic says the Lions are likely to have trouble in this game, but in the NFL it truly is any Sunday league. This week the Lions hope to do without one of their top runners and their kicker.
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