Arizona Sports predicts Cardinals vs. Steelers

Oct 21, 2011, 5:00 PM | Updated: 10:24 pm

The Cardinals, after a week off, return to the field to
face arguably the best team they have all season: the
Pittsburgh Steelers.

Not quite a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII, the 4-2 Steelers
could effectively end the Cardinals’ season with a win,
seeing as how a 1-5 hole would probably too deep for
Arizona to climb out of.

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any of our staff’s predictions and why?

Vince Marotta In the last two seasons, teams with a home game out of
their bye week are 26-9. This coupled with a team meeting
to “air things out” leads to a Cardinals victory.

Final Score: Cardinals 20, Steelers 17

Doug Franz It’s been pretty easy for me to be right about these
predictions because I keep picking the Cards opponent to

My streak may come to an end this week because I’m
actually taking the Cards.

Make no mistake, I’m not saying the Cards are a better
team than Pittsburgh. There just happens to be times
during a season where everything comes together.

No matter what the fans think, the players respect CKW.
It doesn’t need to be said how much CKW and Coach Grimm
want this win. It’s also a historic franchise with great
fans so that will get the players’ attention. Combine
that with the fact the Steelers aren’t playing great
football right now, I think you have a perfect storm.

This will be one of those games that when it’s over,
Pittsburgh fans will say they should have won. There will
be crazy special teams plays. Maybe an INT return for the
Cardinals. Cards will actually get some breaks at home
and come away with a win.

Final Score: Cardinals 27, Steelers 21

Adam Green It makes sense that the Cardinals would win this game.
Coming off a bye, they’re healthy and taking on a banged
up Steelers team. Combine that with the emotion of playing
Pittsburgh and you have a game that is ripe for an upset.
Except, though, the Cardinals are just not a very good
team. Pittsburgh’s defense will be too much for Kolb and
the gang, Mike Wallace will burn the Cards for at least
one long TD and Steve Breaston is not around to change the
game with a punt return for a touchdown.
Final Score: Steelers 31, Cardinals 17
Katy Hartley I expect Roethlisberger to have a big game against the
Cardinals corners (or lack thereof), my guess is 3 passing
TDs from Big Ben will push the Steelers over the Cards
this weekend.
Final Score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 17
John Gambadoro The Steelers can be beat, they have struggled this year
beating a bad Colts team by 3 points and a bad Jaguars
team by 4 points. Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 18
times this year and has been very inconsistent. They are
without defensive starters James Harrison, Casey Hampton
and Aaron Smith. Last week against Jacksonville Pittsburgh
managed just 70 yards yards of offense in the second half.
So there are signs that point to an Arizona team playing
at home and coming off the bye week having a chance to win
this game. But they won’t. The Cardinals are 1-4 for a
reason and they just do not have the talent to beat a good
but inconsistent Steelers team.

Final Score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 20
Mark Asher Well this is one of those games that everyone thinks that
the Steelers will win right? Well, Vince Marotta gave me
some really cool stat the other day and because of that
stat and just a hunch I will pick the Cardinals to win the
game. If they dont win my season tickets are for sale for
the remainder of the year!

Final Score: Cardinals 28, Steelers 24
Dave Burns I think the Cardinals actually have a chance in this game.
The Steelers have cracks. The offense has been hit or
miss. The defense is missing all sorts of guys. But I
can’t pick Arizona to win based solely off the
deficiencies of Pittsburgh. I can’t wait to see if the bye
week helps the Cards offense, but at this point I have no
reason to believe they’re capable of taking advantage of
the Steelers cracks.

Final Score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 17
Tyler Bassett The Cardinals secondary against Big Ben will be key, but
ineffective. Roethlisberger throws for 300 yards Sunday.

Final Score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 16
Less than 3 years removed from their epic matchup in the
Super Bowl, neither team seems to be ready for a re-
enactment on Sunday. Despite their 4-2 record, the
Steelers, like the Cardinals, are on the outside looking
in at the playoff picture through week six. Something
both teams have in common is that their record isn’t quite
indicative of their performance. This week the
combination of desperation and being at home make me
believe the Cardinals get off the schneid and get a very
small taste of revenge in Glendale.

Final Score: Cardinals 27, Steelers 24
Joe Huizenga While some people may look at the Cardinals opponent this
week and fear the Steelers, they really have no reason to.

This is not one of the Pittsburgh teams of the last few
years built on a defense that won’t budge and an offense
that’s good enough. This Pittsburgh team still has that
same offense but its defense has huge cracks. They’ve
struggled with both Indy and Jacksonville this year.

If the Cardinals keep Rashard Mendenhall from breaking big
plays they’ll win this game. Mark it down.

Final Score: Cardinals 20, Steelers 17

If there is ever going to be a time for the Cardinals to
beat the Steelers it is this weekend. The Steelers are
depleted by injuries, the Cardinals are coming off a bye
week. However, the Cardinals’ second win won’t come this
week. I see a lot of Cardinal turnovers & Mike Wallace
thrashing the secondary on some deep play-action passes.

Final Score: Steelers 34, Cardinals 13

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