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Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley providing stout presence in the middle of Detroit's defensive line

  • Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) celebrates after making a tackle against Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Chicago. The Lions won 21-19. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) celebrates after making a tackle against Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Chicago. The Lions won 21-19. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh wears a camouflage hat as he sits on the bench before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Chicago. The NFL is commemorating "Salute to Service."  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh wears a camouflage hat as he sits on the bench before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Chicago. The NFL is commemorating "Salute to Service." (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of what he'll be up against this weekend when Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and the Detroit Lions pay a visit.

Roethlisberger says a quarterback can "end up dead" if he's not careful against Detroit's defensive line. Suh says he figures he has to take that as a compliment.

Suh and Fairley are indeed a tandem to be feared this season. Drafted in the first round a season apart, they're anchoring a defense that is a big part of why the Lions are in first place in the NFC North.