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The Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves an unlikely ally in an all too close road game against the Detroit Lions: the fans. With Steelers’ fans at times appearing to outnumber Lions’ supporters, the Steelers got a late game boost from their enthusiasm. On the field, Ben Roethlisberger threw a season high three touchdown passes as the Steelers survived by a final score of 28-20. Pittsburgh improved to 3-2 with the victory, while Detroit dropped to 1-4.

NFL betting enthusiasts who backed the Lions as +11 home underdogs were rewarded with the pointspread cover. The Lions have covered two of their five games this season, while the Steelers slumped to 1-4 against the number. The 48 combined points scored went OVER the posted total of 44. Both teams have gone OVER in three of their five games this year, with the Steelers exceeding the total in three straight.

After the game, the biggest topic of conversation was the vocal support of the Pittsburgh fans. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley said that they were making so much noise that it undermined the Detroit offense’s effort:

“That worked in our favor. Those offensive linemen couldn’t hear the snap count, so they had to watch the ball just like we do.”

Hines Ward also praised the fans that made the 4 hour trip from Pittsburgh, saying it evoked memories of the 2006 Superbowl at the venue:

“It brought back a lot of memories. We had just as many fans as we did that time.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin added his praise:

“Man, they traveled awesome. It was spectacular to stand on the visiting sideline and see the fan support that we had today in this building.”

Lions’ coach Jim Schwartz took some consolation from his team’s effort in the loss:

“We didn’t always play smart in that game and we didn’t always play well, but I’m proud that we battled the whole way. There were a couple places where it would have been easy for us to give in, and we didn’t do that.”

Lions’ QB Daunte Culpepper echoed his coach’s sentiments:

“I still think we have a good ballclub here, but a good ballclub will look at a situation like this and use it to find a way to start winning these games. That’s what we have to find a way to do.”

The Steelers return home for their next two games. They’ll host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, with the Steelers a -14 home favorite and the total set at 38. The Lions will play at Green Bay this weekend as a +13 road underdog with the total set at 48. They’ll enjoy a bye the following weekend before hosting the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, November 1.

Ross Everett is a freelance sports writer and noted authority on price per head. His writing has appeared on a variety of sports sites including sports news and offshore bookmaking sites. He lives in Southern Nevada with three Jack Russell Terriers and a kangaroo. He is currently working on an autobiography of former interior secretary James Watt.

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