Roy Blount’s book “About Three Bricks Shy of a Lamb” chronicled the history of the 1973 Steelers, a talented team that was just a few parts away from being a championship club. This nickname could be used to describe the current Steelers side if they continued to play the way they did while leading 16-0 at halftime over the Lions in the last game of pre-season.
The talented Pittsburgh defense made two of four goals during the first 30 minutes of the game. Twice, the unit gave the ball to attack deep in the Lions’ area. But the offense, plagued by errors on the offensive line, was unable to do much with either opportunity, settling both times on short field goals for Chris Boswell. The offense finally found its groove at the end of the first half, as Mitch Trubesky hit Stephen Sims by six yards. Trubisky’s deep finishes to rookie George Pickens and a tight finish Pat Freiermuth set the score.
The Lions didn’t do much in attack, but they did manage to keep the Steelers defense on field goals rather than landing after starting on a short field. First-round pick Aiden Hutchinson fired Trubisky, while first-round teammate Jeff Okudah came in with big play when he broke Trubisky’s pass to Pickens in the end zone early in the second quarter.
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how to watch
Date: Sunday August 12 | time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
Site: Acresor Stadium (Pittsburgh)
Television: NFL network | Stream: NFL +
Follow: CBS Sports App
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