The Pittsburgh Steelers have won four straight to recover from a 1-3 start and find themselves in the mix in the unpredictable AFC North, and they face the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Nov. 14. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV. Lions vs Steelers live stream (11/14): How to watch online, TV info, time
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Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers (5-3) aren’t taking anything for granted when winless Detroit (0-8) visits Heinz Field on Sunday.
The Steelers hardly looked dominant during last week’s 29-27 escape against Chicago, a game in which a 10-point lead with 12 minutes to go evaporated, forcing Roethlisberger to orchestrate the 38th fourth-quarter comeback of his career.
The ease with which Pittsburgh went 52 yards in 76 seconds to set up Chris Boswell’s game-winning field goal should give an offense featuring four rookies a boost. Yet the Steelers would also like to stop having things get so tight in the end. All four victories during their surge have come by eight points or less.
The lessons have been piling for Detroit. Close games. Blowouts. The Lions have found a variety of ways to lose during the first two months of rookie head coach Dan Campbell’s tenure. Following a week off, the Lions have to travel to a place where the franchise hasn’t won since 1955.
When is the Lions-Steelers?
The game between the Lions and Steelers is set for noon (1 p.m. ET) on Sunday, Nov. 14.
Will it be live streamed?
The game will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. The most basic of plans is the “fubo standard” package, which comprises 100-plus channels for $64.99 per month. Like all cord-cutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports.
What TV channel will broadcast the game?
The Lions-Steelers game will be broadcast on FOX.
GOING DEEP: Detroit is determined to throw deep more, even if Jared Goff has to force the issue and throw to covered receivers.
Rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown is expected to play an increased role, lining up as an outside receiver along with playing in the slot as he did the first half of the season.
“I’m ready for it,” the former USC standout said. “Dan (Campbell) said we’re going to be more aggressive taking those shots.”
St. Brown has 27 catches for 250 yards. His father, John Brown, is a two-time Mr. Universe winner.
PAT ON THE BACK: Running back Najee Harris isn’t the only rookie making an immediate impact on Pittsburgh’s offense. Tight end Pat Freiermuth is quickly becoming one of Roethlisberger’s favorite targets, particularly near the goal line.
The 6-foot-5 Freiermuth has three touchdowns in his last two games and all four of his scores this season have come from 10 yards or less. Not bad for a player Roethlisberger was unfamiliar with when the Steelers selected Freiermuth in the second round in April.
“I was like, ‘I don’t know who that is,’” said Roethlisberger, who was on a date with his wife Ashley the night Freiermuth was drafted.
A text from former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator and current Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians gave Roethlisberger immediate peace of mind.
“(The text said) ‘He’s the closest thing to Heath Miller I’ve ever seen. You’ll love this kid,’” Roethlisberger said. “That was enough for me.”
RED ZONE WOES: The Lions are among the NFL’s worst teams in the red zone, on both sides of the ball, and defensive end Trey Flowers hopes the team can force teams to attempt to score through the air.
“We need to make it harder on them and not let them take the high-percentage play and get them to throw the ball more and maybe we can get that percentage down,” Flowers said.
HE’S THE BOZ: A week after going into the concussion protocol following a fake field goal attempt that went awry, Boswell became the first kicker in NFL history to make two 50-plus yard field goals, drill a winning kick and recover a fumble in the same game.
Boswell’s excellence is one of the reasons the Steelers have been able to survive close calls. He has been particularly effective at notoriously tricky Heinz Field, making 91% (89 of 98) of his field-goal attempts at the stadium tucked against the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers.
“A kick is a kick,” Boswell said. “There’s going to be wind in every stadium we play unless it’s indoors, obviously, and you just have to adjust and make a kick. No one really cares about wind at that point.”
It’s sloppy weather season in the NFL, as temperatures plummet and chances of rain and snow hang over western Pennsylvania. It is equal parts dread and joy, depending what kind of fan you happen to be and what kind of football you want to watch.
Either way though, the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be a game to write home about in regard to quarterback play. Jared Goff’s struggles are clear, but now Ben Roethlisberger is out from this game as he lands on the reserve/COVID-19 list. This puts Mason Rudolph in line to start under center; this is not ideal, for those who want to watch excellence in quarterbacking.
But it also opens the door to Detroit, coming off a bye week and hungry for a win. Although such situations have gone against the Lions in the past, they’re becoming once more the popular upset picks of the week; and with Roethlisberger out, this point spread in Las Vegas has fallen by at least two points. It’ll be up to the Lions defense to capitalize on this weakness; however, the Steelers still feature excellence offensive weapons like Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson, and their defense remains stout.