Ben Roethlisberger passed for 367 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 37-27 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
“Boy, that’s a satisfying victory,” coach Mike Tomlin said after the game. “A good, tough week for us, not only in terms of the game but from a preparation standpoint. We had some guys that had to step up, obviously.”
Tomlin was asked about the swirling Roethlisberger trade rumors.
“I don’t play ball with the rumors,” he said. “That’s not within our control. He had a good week’s preparation. We knew we were playing a good football team, a team that’s capable of ringing up the scoreboard. We realized that would require us to do similar things. I just thought he did a nice job administering the offense.”
Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 147 yards and two scores to help the Steelers win their second straight and kept the Lions winless in Pittsburgh for 58 years and counting.
“We’ve got a big time wideout of our own,” Tomlin said of Brown. “Not a lot was written and said about him, of course, leading up to the game. But we think he is capable of affecting the outcome of games, much like their guy.”
Matthew Stafford became the Lions’ all-time leading passer after he threw for 362 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the loss. Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
“It might just have been what they didn’t do,” Tomlin said of Johnson, who didn’t have a catch in the second half. “That guy is an awesome football player.”
Tomlin said Emmanuel Sanders hurt his right foot in the game and will be evaluated this week, while Stevenson Sylvester has a right hamstring injury.
The Steelers are now 4-6 after starting the season 0-4. They trail the 7-4 Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North, and will play the Cleveland Browns next Sunday.