Dick LeBeau’s 1971 football card, courtesy of footballcardgallery.com
Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer
I’ve been doing these Six Hidden Matchup pieces for most of the season and I’ve gotta say, I don’t think I’ve ever called one as closely as I did against Dallas. Slay coming off the bench was a disaster, the Bears Safeties actually played well in coverage (But poorly enough in run D for it to matter), the Lions RBs ran up the gut on the Bears putting their LBs in poor situations with regularity, and LaAdrian Waddle looks like a long term solution at RT.
This week is a little bit tricky, since the Steelers are such a weak team in so many areas, as most of the match ups are right there on the surface. Bare for anyone to see. Lions terrifying pass rush vs. the Steelers awful pass protection and ball hog QB. Leveon Bell vs. DeAndre Levy/Stephen Tulloch and co., or Reggie Bush vs. the Steelers porous run defense. Calvin Johnson vs. whichever three guys the Steelers try to stop him with. There are some good under the radar matchups we Lions fans have to look forward to, however, and that’s what I’m here to deliver! (more…)