Detroit News predictions: Lions at Steelers

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James Hawkins: The Lions’ last nine trips to Pittsburgh have resulted in a loss and it’s hard to see that streak coming to an end, given the different directions these teams are heading. The Lions got an extra week to rest and prepare, which should prove beneficial against a Steelers squad that’s playing on a short week. But Pittsburgh is riding a four-game win streak and will use a healthy helping of Najee Harris to wear down Detroit’s defense. Steelers, 24-17

John Niyo: The Lions haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 1955, so it seems silly to think this 0-8 team will be the one to end that drought. But Dan Campbell’s staff did have an extra week to prepare, and the Steelers are coming off a tough Monday night game. So maybe there’s a chance to keep this one close and bank on a couple turnovers from Ben Roethlisberger. Steelers, 27-21

Justin Rogers: In terms of Steelers teams, this isn’t a particularly good one. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is limping to the finish line of his career and the team’s typically reliable run game, led by wrecking ball rookie Najee Harris, is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry. Despite having won a championship more recently than securing a road win in Pittsburgh, this is actually a good chance for the Lions to get their first victory. But I’m left with the same concern I have most weeks: How do the Lions score enough points to get over the hump? The Steelers remain solid on defense (21.1 points per game) and are particularly tough in the red zone, where the Lions rank 30th as an offense. Steelers 20, Lions 9

Bob Wojnowski: The Steelers have won four straight but it’s been rough sledding. Ben Roethlisberger is 39 and a shell of his hulking self, but running back Najee Harris and tight end Pat Freiermuth are loads. Pittsburgh’s defense also remains upper tier. The Lions’ best hope? The Steelers slop around and the Lions’ offensive line cracks a few creases for D’Andre Swift. The 0-8 Lions should be somewhat rejuvenated after the bye, which followed a 44-6 loss to the Eagles. That score doesn’t reflect how they generally play, but if they’re not careful, it will. Pick: Steelers 24-10

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