It was a little more difficult than expected, but a win is a win.
And the fact that the defense came up big when it needed to at least showed something - particularly after an otherwise lackluster day.
Some fans - read gamblers – will make a big deal out of the fact the Steelers didn't cover in their 28-20 win over the Lions. But if they beat Cleveland and Minnesota at home in the next two weeks before their bye, all anyone will be talking about is 5-2, not how they got there.
© That rape case has really been a distraction for Ben Roethlisberger, huh?
Roethlisberger is completing and NFL-best 73.8 percent of his passes and is averaging just under 300 yards passing per game.
The biggest difference has been his willingness to check down to his running backs and tight ends.
It's no coincidence his completion percentage is what it is when he's already completed 29 passes to Heath Miller.
© Because of his pass catching ability, Rashard Mendenhall is a better fit as the starter for this team.
Oh yeah, he's running well too.
I like Willie Parker a lot. In fact, I was probably the first person in Pittsburgh to do a story on hiim when a I did a feature for SteelCityInsider.com on him during his first minicamp. Makes me feel like I discovered him, even though I didn't.
But Mendenhall has taken the bull by the horns.
The Steelers can keep resting Parker for another week or two to get his toe completely healed and use that as an excuse to keep on starting Mendenhall.
© I did find it interesting that when the Steelers were backed up against their own goal line in the second quarter, they came out with Mewelde Moore at tailback.
My first thought about that the coaching staff still has some fumble concerns with Mendenhall.
© Anybody who paid to see Cleveland play Buffalo today should get a refund. And their heads checked.
© In his past six quarters of football, James Harrison has five sacks.
That, my friends, is called production.
He has a tough matchup coming up with Cleveland's Joe Thomas, who has held him to a half-sack in three career meetings.