NFL betting handicappers will have an interconference preseason sports betting matchup of opposites as Pittsburgh hosts Detroit on August 14. The Detroit Lions win total of two from last year may not seem like much but it was double their win total of 2008, which was zero. The Lions are still trying to dig out of ground zero nuclear waste dump that was left by the Matt Millen regime and will need time to fully recover and rebuild.
Matthew Stafford had a rough rookie season at quarterback last year as the 2009 number one overall draft pick struggled with on the job training and a variety of nagging injuries. He is backed up by Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton who should all see plenty of preseason action.
Head coach Jim Schwartz will spend much of the exhibition season trying to sort out the defensive secondary, with wide open competition for jobs beside the one held by safety Louis Delmas.
“We’re going to throw a lot of different people in a lot of different spots and force guys to compete and force guys to earn their spots there,” said Schwartz.
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While there is competition for secondary positions Schwartz does not want that to be taken as meaning that there is no quality available.
“That doesn’t mean we’re not going to be good in the secondary,” the coach added. “We have some good players in there.”
Dre’ Bly was a key DB pickup for Detroit.
Linebacker is another area that, like the secondary, should have plenty of competition for jobs during preseason games.
On the offensive side a key player to watch in preseason is tight end Tony Scheffler, who arrived in a trade from Denver.
One major concern is the hold out of top draft picks Ndamukong Suh, the prized nose tackle out of Nebraska. Both sides said that they were committed to getting a deal done but Suh was not in camp when it opened.
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Pittsburgh had a disappointing 9-7 record in which they were 6-7 at one point as they missed the playoffs as the defending Super Bowl champion.
The off season was even worse as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger faced sexual abuse allegations for the second consecutive year and will be suspended for the first 6 regular season games. That means backup quarterbacks Byron Leftwich, Dennis Dixon, and Charlie Batch will all see plenty of preseason action.
The Steelers will also work on their running game in the exhibition slate as the offensive line needs to gel.