ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions aren't a desperate team yet. Coach Jim Schwartz prefers a slightly different description.
"I think our word is 'urgent.' We had six of our first nine on the road," Schwartz said Monday. "We now have a stretch of three in a row at home. We have to do something with that."
After a loss at Minnesota on Sunday, the Lions (4-5) remain in last place in the NFC North. Their playoff hopes are looking tenuous, especially with a tough schedule the rest of the way. Detroit does have that stretch of three straight home games coming up, but it starts Sunday against Green Bay — not exactly an easy matchup.
The Lions allowed 45 points to the Packers when the teams met at the end of last season, and the questions about Detroit's defense haven't gone away. Adrian Peterson rushed for 171 yards in Minnesota's 34-24 win on Sunday.
"We don't have a whole lot of wiggle room for mistakes down the stretch. We have to play our best," Schwartz said.
Schwartz spent some time Monday standing up for his defensive line. Peterson ran for a lot of yards Sunday, but 61 of them were on one play — a touchdown in the fourth quarter that made it 31-17.
Schwartz was particularly encouraged by Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
"Nick had one of the best games he's played since he's been here, but a lot like the rest of our team, a couple mistakes overshadowed the good things that he did," Schwartz said. "I thought Ndamukong Suh might have played the best game he's played since he's been here."
STEELERS 16, CHIEFS 13
PITTSBURGH — The Steelers escaped with a victory. The health of their franchise quarterback is another matter entirely.
The Steelers edged the woeful Chiefs in overtime on Monday night but lost Ben Roethlisberger for most of the second half — and perhaps a lot longer — with a right shoulder injury.
Roethlisberger left the game early in the third quarter after getting slammed to the turf by Kansas City linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and did not return.
The Steelers (6-3) won their fourth straight anyway. Shaun Suisham kicked a 23-yard field goal 51 seconds into the extra period, one play after Lawrence Timmons intercepted Kansas City's Matt Cassel and returned to the 5.
Jamaal Charles ran for 100 yards and a score for the Chiefs (1-8).