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Steelers lean on D, Smith-Schuster in 20-15 win over Lions

DETROIT (AP) JuJu Smith-Schuster made an inside move like a veteran and used his young legs to do the rest.

The rookie receiver scored on a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the third quarter, and the Pittsburgh Steelers forced the Detroit Lions to turn the ball over on downs twice in a 20-15 win Sunday night.

Smith-Schuster, selected No. 62 overall out of Southern California, had season highs with seven receptions for 193 yards.

''A lot of people said, `He's young, he's immature,''' Smith-Schuster said. ''I'm 20 years old, but when I'm on the field, playing with my boys, I'm going to get the job done.''

Smith-Schuster also knows how to have a little fun. When he got to the sideline after his touchdown, he put a chain that he purchased Sunday on a stationary bike, making light of his bike being stolen and recovered recently.

''He's a little kid, excited for the moment,'' veteran defensive end Cameron Heyward said. ''You appreciate the energy he brings. Us old farts don't know how to deal with it sometimes, but I'm glad we got him.''

Roethlisberger is, too, because he has a reliable receiver to go to when Antonio Brown is covered and Martavis Bryant is pouting.

His last catch converted a third-and-1 from the Steelers 32, allowing them to run out the clock.

''He's not playing like a rookie,'' Roethlisberger said. ''He's playing like a seasoned veteran.''

The AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2) go into their bye week with a three-game winning streak.

''We weren't perfect, obviously, but boy we showed fight,'' coach Mike Tomlin said.

Pittsburgh's defense put up a curtain in front of it end zone, forcing the Lions to settle for field goals. When they went for touchdowns, the Steelers stopped them.

Detroit coach Jim Caldwell chose to go for it on fourth down from the Steelers 1 trailing by one in the third quarter. Matthew Stafford was sacked as he stepped up out of a collapsing pocket and tried to run up the middle.

''Just as I thought I could do something, I got hit,'' Stafford said.

A snap after missing wide-open tight end Jesse James on the ensuing drive, Roethlisberger dropped back into his end zone and perfectly lofted a pass to Smith-Schuster. The rookie receiver ran for about 70 yards after the catch, running past cornerback Quandre Diggs and pulling away from safety Glover Quin on his way to the end zone.

''I told him I didn't know he had that much speed,'' Roethlisberger recalled. ''He said he didn't, either.''

Matt Prater kicked his fifth field goal on the next possession after Caldwell didn't want to go for it on another fourth down from the Pittsburgh 1, drawing boos from a crowd that included a lot of black-and-yellow clad, towel-twirling fans cheering for the visitors.

''We tried to be aggressive the first time,'' Caldwell said. ''And then it was later in the game, so we kicked it. We gave ourselves a chance to win the game.''

Then, receiver Golden Tate gave it away.

Detroit got the ball back with a chance to drive for a go-ahead TD, but Tate blew it with an unforced fumble at the Steelers 24.

''It just slipped,'' Tate said. ''It was just a bad play by me.''

The Lions' defense forced Pittsburgh to punt again and they failed to take advantage. After the 2-minute warning, Stafford threw an incomplete pass from the Pittsburgh 8.

''Our red zone defense was amazing,'' Heyward said.

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Detroit had the third-highest yardage total without a TD, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com data dating back to 1940. The Lions had 482 yards, trailing only Cincinnati's 496 yards against Seattle in 1994 and San Francisco's 501 against Washington in 1986.

The Lions (3-4) were coming off their bye and lost for the fourth time in five games.

TAKE A SEAT

Bryant was inactive after his social media outburst following a victory over Cincinnati last weekend. Tomlin was asked if he was confident whether Bryant will help the team later this season.

''I'm not,'' Tomlin said.

THROUGH THE AIR

Brown, blanketed for much of the night by cornerback Darius Slay, had five catches for 70 yards.

TJ Jones, drafted by Detroit in 2014, had career highs with four receptions and 88 yards. Marvin Jones had six receptions for 128 yards for the Lions, who moved the ball well until they got deep into Pittsburgh territory.

INJURIES

Steelers: S Mike Mitchell hurt his right ankle, and was replaced by Robert Golden. ... OL Chris Hubbard was evaluated for a concussion.

Lions: RB Dwayne Washington left the game with a concussion. ... OT Rick Wagner went out with an ankle injury, and was able to return.

UP NEXT

Steelers: Idle until playing Nov. 12 at Indianapolis.

Lions: Play at Green Bay on Monday, Nov. 6.

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Key Players
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
193 ReYds, ReTD, 7 RECs
25
FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
423 PaYds, 11 RuYds
17
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 12:54
M.Prater 19 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
10
plays
74
yds
5:07
pos
20
15
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:01
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
20
12
Touchdown 3:01
B.Roethlisberger pass deep middle to J.Smith-Schuster for 97 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
98
yds
1:24
pos
19
12
Field Goal 9:21
C.Boswell 38 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
9
plays
28
yds
4:08
pos
13
12
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:13
M.Prater 34 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
8
plays
63
yds
0:43
pos
10
12
Field Goal 2:14
M.Prater 51 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
6
plays
42
yds
1:56
pos
10
9
Point After TD 4:10
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
10
6
Touchdown 4:10
L.Bell up the middle for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
5:01
pos
9
6
Field Goal 9:11
M.Prater 37 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
8
plays
39
yds
3:33
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:50
M.Prater 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
8
plays
45
yds
4:22
pos
3
3
Field Goal 12:12
C.Boswell 34 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
7
plays
59
yds
2:48
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:23 31:37
1st Downs 17 21
Rushing 3 4
Passing 11 16
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 7-14 2-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-2
Total Net Yards 392 482
Total Plays 60 69
Avg Gain 6.5 7.0
Net Yards Rushing 75 71
Rush Attempts 29 22
Avg Rush Yards 2.6 3.2
Net Yards Passing 317 411
Comp. - Att. 17-31 27-45
Yards Per Pass 10.2 9.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-12
Penalties - Yards 5-37 6-57
Touchdowns 2 0
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-47.0 3-39.7
Return Yards 0 41
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-21
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-20
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 4/4 5/5
Extra Points 2/2 0/0
Field Goals 2/2 5/5
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 0-5 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-3 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Steelers 6-2 3710020
Lions 3-4 390315
317 PASS YDS 411
75 RUSH YDS 71
392 TOTAL YDS 482
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.8% 317 1 1 87.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.1% 2062 10 9 82.7
B. Roethlisberger 17/31 317 1 1 16
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Bell 26 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 76 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
194 760 5
L. Bell 25 76 1 8 11
J. Conner 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 89 0
J. Conner 1 1 0 1 0
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 -11 0
B. Roethlisberger 3 -2 0 0 16
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
25
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 7 193 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 424 4
J. Smith-Schuster 10 7 193 1 97 25
A. Brown 84 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 5 70 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 57 835 3
A. Brown 10 5 70 0 40 7
J. James 81 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 193 2
J. James 3 2 42 0 32 4
J. Hunter 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 18 0
J. Hunter 3 1 7 0 7 0
L. Bell 26 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 219 0
L. Bell 3 2 5 0 3 11
D. Heyward-Bey 88 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 44 0
D. Heyward-Bey 1 0 0 0 0 0
E. Rogers 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 64 0
E. Rogers 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Burns 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-3 0 0.0
A. Burns 8-1 0.0 0 0
R. Shazier 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-14 2 0.0
R. Shazier 6-1 0.0 0 0
M. Mitchell 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-12 0 0.0
M. Mitchell 5-1 0.0 0 0
S. Davis 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-8 0 0.0
S. Davis 5-1 0.0 0 0
V. Williams 98 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-9 0 4.0
V. Williams 4-4 0.0 0 0
C. Heyward 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-8 0 5.0
C. Heyward 3-0 1.0 0 0
B. Dupree 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 0 3.0
B. Dupree 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Haden 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 1 1.0
J. Haden 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Alualu 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-9 0 2.0
T. Alualu 2-1 1.0 0 0
R. Golden 20 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
R. Golden 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hargrave 79 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-9 0 2.0
J. Hargrave 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Nix-Jones 45 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
R. Nix-Jones 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Hilton 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-10 1 1.0
M. Hilton 2-2 0.0 0 0
T. Matakevich 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
T. Matakevich 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. DeCastro 66 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. DeCastro 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Watt 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-6 1 4.0
T. Watt 1-1 0.0 0 0
L. Walton 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
L. Walton 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
18/20 15/15
C. Boswell 2/2 38 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 47.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
34 42.4 12
J. Berry 4 47.0 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 423 0 0 91.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.4% 1851 12 4 89.6
M. Stafford 27/45 423 0 0 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Abdullah 21 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
101 369 1
A. Abdullah 11 27 0 8 3
T. Riddick 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 60 0
T. Riddick 4 21 0 10 4
D. Washington 36 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 43 0
D. Washington 6 12 0 4 1
M. Stafford 9 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 68 0
M. Stafford 1 11 0 11 17
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Jones 11 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 6 128 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 26 408 3
M. Jones 11 6 128 0 43 12
T. Jones 13 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 88 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 261 0
T. Jones 8 4 88 0 34 8
G. Tate 15 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 86 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 43 449 2
G. Tate 8 7 86 0 34 6
E. Ebron 85 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 58 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 160 1
E. Ebron 6 2 58 0 44 5
T. Riddick 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 204 1
T. Riddick 2 2 24 0 23 4
J. Agnew 39 CB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 12 0
J. Agnew 1 1 12 0 12 1
D. Fells 87 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 113 3
D. Fells 3 1 12 0 12 1
A. Abdullah 21 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 79 0
A. Abdullah 3 3 11 0 8 3
D. Washington 36 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 4 0
D. Washington 1 1 4 0 4 1
M. Roberts 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 15 0
M. Roberts 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Wilson 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-8 1 0.0
T. Wilson 7-4 0.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-2 0 0.0
N. Lawson 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. Reeves-Maybin 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
J. Reeves-Maybin 4-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 0 0.0
Q. Diggs 3-2 0.0 0 0
A. Zettel 69 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 4.0
A. Zettel 2-0 0.0 0 1
M. Killebrew 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-4 1 0.0
M. Killebrew 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-8 1 0.0
A. Robinson 2-2 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-3 3 0.0
D. Slay 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Whitehead 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-10 1 0.0
T. Whitehead 1-2 0.0 0 0
G. Tate 15 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Tate 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Valoaga 78 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
J. Valoaga 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Spence 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-8 0 1.0
A. Spence 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Davis 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-10 0 1.0
J. Davis 1-1 0.0 0 0
K. Thornton 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Thornton 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-1 0 4.0
E. Ansah 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Ledbetter 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
J. Ledbetter 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-9 3 0.0
G. Quin 0-2 0.0 1 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
15
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
5/5 0/0
SEASON FG XP
15/17 15/15
M. Prater 5/5 51 0/0 15
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 39.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 39.7 1
S. Martin 3 39.7 1 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Agnew 39 CB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 18.3 24 0
J. Agnew 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Agnew 39 CB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 10.5 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 21.7 88 2
J. Agnew 2 10.5 11 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 2:48 7 59 FG
7:50 PIT 25 2:05 4 31 INT
3:52 PIT 45 1:35 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 16 2:16 3 3 Punt
9:11 PIT 25 5:01 9 75 TD
2:14 PIT 25 1:18 7 53 Fumble
0:13 PIT 25 0:13 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:29 DET 48 4:08 9 28 FG
4:25 PIT 2 1:24 3 98 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:54 PIT 25 1:05 3 3 Punt
9:31 PIT 24 4:36 6 17 Punt
1:54 PIT 8 1:54 7 42 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:12 DET 25 4:22 8 45 FG
5:45 DET 17 1:53 3 -7 Punt
2:17 DET 10 2:17 5 19 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:44 DET 42 3:33 8 39 FG
4:10 DET 25 1:56 6 42 FG
0:56 DET 21 0:43 8 63 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 25 1:31 3 4 Punt
9:21 DET 17 4:56 10 81 Downs
3:01 DET 25 5:07 10 74 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:49 DET 29 2:18 4 45 Fumble
4:55 DET 15 3:01 9 77 Downs