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Lions-Steelers recap: What is the concern level for the secondary?


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On Saturday night, the Detroit Lions did not play around half of their starters. The Pittsburgh Steelers played nearly all of their starters, and it showed. The Lions fell behind 20-0 early in the game, and although David Blough and Detroit’s third and fourth stringers were able to make the game look a lot more competitive, the Lions’ depth was exposed.

But some of the players we expect to be a part of the Lions’ starting roster were out there against Ben Roethlisberger, and did not come away from the game unscathed. Mainly, Detroit’s secondary failed to provide much of any pushback to Big Ben, as he led the Steelers to two early touchdown drives.

Obviously, we’re only talking about a half of preseason football and there’s no reason to panic or overreact. But at the same time, it’s certainly not re-assuring that the secondary showed some of the same problems we saw over the past few years.

So on today’s PODcast, we discuss the Lions’ preseason game, which developments you should be concerned with and which ones you should relax about.

Of course, it wasn’t all bad on Saturday, either. Derrick Barnes continues to look like the future at linebacker, while Levi Onwuzurike made an impressive debut, and the Lions run defense looks... fixed? We make sure to tackle plenty of the good things that happened over the weekend, and then turn our attention to the final week of the preseason, as well.

Additionally, the gang debates whether sitting starters is the right play for the Lions right now.

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