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NFL Preseason Week 3 Game Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers 19, Detroit Lions 9

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes the ball against pressure from Detroit Lions linebacker Austin Bryant (2) during the third quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries to edge defender T.J. Watt and wide receiver Diontae Johnson, although not expected to be long-term, took center stage in the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ 19-9 win over the Detroit Lions to cap the 2022 NFL preseason.

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Offensive spotlight: Craig Reynolds, in his quest to secure his role as the Lions' RB3, entered in the fourth quarter and tallied 31 yards on six carries. He forced two missed tackles and averaged a solid 3.8 yards after contact per attempt.

Defensive spotlight: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt finished first reviews as the Steelers' highest-graded defenders — a good sign for Pittsburgh's starting defense.

Rookie spotlight: Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett again looked beyond his years. He made one big-time throw and had an average time to throw of just 2.31 seconds — further proof that he's sped up his game at the NFL level.

Offensive line spotlight: The Steelers' starting offensive line got 21 snaps of work in as pass protectors, allowing only two pressures. Chukwuma Okorafor, Dan Moore Jr. and Kevin Dotson all remained clean in pass protection.

Betting Summary

Betting Odds Closing Result
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Box Score

Passing
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD
David Blough 11.5 17 / 32 160 5 1
Tim Boyle 1.46 5 / 15 64 4.3 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD
Mitch Trubisky 10.4 15 / 19 160 8.4 1
Kenny Pickett 3.6 10 / 14 90 6.4 0
Mason Rudolph 0 0 / 3 0 0 0
Rushing
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD
David Blough 11.5 2 11 5.5 0
Justin Jackson 10.3 8 44 5.5 0
Craig Reynolds 6.4 6 31 5.2 0
Jermar Jefferson 5 6 28 4.7 0
Godwin Igwebuike 2.6 1 1 1 0
Tim Boyle 1.46 1 -1 -1 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD
Najee Harris 5.1 4 10 2.5 0
Gunner Olszewski 4.9 2 13 6.5 0
Anthony McFarland Jr. 2.3 2 6 3 0
Benny Snell Jr. 1.7 5 17 3.4 0
Jaylen Warren 1.1 7 11 1.6 0
Receiving
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Justin Jackson 10.3 2 2 39 19.5 0
Quintez Cephus 7.5 3 1 5 1.7 1
Craig Reynolds 6.4 3 2 13 4.3 0
Amon-Ra St. Brown 6.4 5 3 34 6.8 0
Kalil Pimpleton 6.1 5 3 31 6.2 0
Jermar Jefferson 5 2 2 2 1 0
Tom Kennedy 4.5 6 3 15 2.5 0
Josh Reynolds 3.4 3 1 24 8 0
Maurice Alexander 2.9 2 1 19 9.5 0
Godwin Igwebuike 2.6 2 1 15 7.5 0
T.J. Hockenson 2.5 2 1 15 7.5 0
Trinity Benson 1.8 6 1 8 1.3 0
Devin Funchess 1.4 1 1 4 4 0
DJ Chark 0 2 0 0 0 0
Shane Zylstra 0 3 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Steven Sims 12.3 5 4 23 4.6 1
Pat Freiermuth 7.5 4 3 45 11.2 0
Miles Boykin 7.1 3 3 41 13.7 0
George Pickens 6.5 5 3 35 7 0
Najee Harris 5.1 3 3 11 3.7 0
Gunner Olszewski 4.9 4 2 16 4 0
Diontae Johnson 4.8 1 1 38 38 0
Tyler Vaughns 4.4 3 2 24 8 0
Connor Heyward 2.4 2 2 4 2 0
Anthony McFarland Jr. 2.3 1 1 7 7 0
Cody White 1.6 2 1 6 3 0
Jace Sternberger 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tyler Snead 0 2 0 0 0 0
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