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Beanie Wells hurt, Cards trail at half

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The Cardinals are down 10 to the Steelers at halftime in Arizona, but they will likely have to make up the gap without Beanie Wells.

Wells left in the second quarter with a sprained right knee and his return is being called questionable at this point. The Cardinals were able to finish off the drive that saw Wells get hurt with an Alfonso Smith touchdown plunge from the one that cut the Steelers lead to 14-7. They needed help from a pair of Ike Taylor illegal contact penalties on third downs to maintain possession of the ball. Without those flags, it looked like the Cardinals were going to fail to finish a drive in opposition territory, something that’s been a problem all year.

The secondary has also been a problem all year and it has been in the first half as well. Mike Wallace got behind everybody to catch a 95-yard touchdown catch, the longest in Steelers history, and Ben Roethlisberger also connected with Heath Miller for the first Steelers score. Cornerbacks Richard Marshall and Patrick Peterson then had penalties — two on Peterson — to extend the final Steelers drive of the half long enough for Shaun Suisham to extend the lead to 17-7 with a field goal.

The Cardinals have done a good job of bottling up the Steelers running backs, so should the Steelers decide to go conservative again in the second half they will have a chance to turn things around on the scoreboard. After letting the Jaguars back into last week’s game by going vanilla on offense, that’s not a scenario one can easily discard. If they keep throwing, though, it looks like the Cardinals are going to have a tough time stopping them.

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6 Responses to “Beanie Wells hurt, Cards trail at half”
  1. huhfasi says: Oct 23, 2011 5:50 PM

    When everyone was calling Patrick Peterson a “shut down corer” and ready a player “ready to make a giant impact on a team” did they mean that he’d impact the other teams score and make who ever picked him want to shut him down to the bench? BUST

  2. scudbot says: Oct 23, 2011 6:04 PM

    You could put damn near anything in front of “Cards trail at half. and no one would have been surprised.

  3. hillzmickelzon says: Oct 23, 2011 6:15 PM

    Andy reid is a cold man i mean he is a man i would notwanna play poker with, kevin kolb is average at best bouncin passes & im also lookin at a.j feeley & i start to wonder did andy reid make sure AZ wont be beating them in the playoffs agian or is it just me? A.j kolb i mean kevin has his moments but not at this price, Andy you have done it agian my friend..

  4. scoob766 says: Oct 23, 2011 6:30 PM

    Is this guy ever not injured? Time for a new back.

  5. scudbot says: Oct 23, 2011 7:27 PM

    Andy Reid is a fraud. He’s not a QB genius. You have Kolb. Hire a great QB coach. Kolb’s never had one before.

  6. joecb91 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:15 PM

    “When everyone was calling Patrick Peterson a “shut down corer” and ready a player “ready to make a giant impact on a team” did they mean that he’d impact the other teams score and make who ever picked him want to shut him down to the bench? BUST”

    Peterson actually spent most of the game one on one with Wallace and shut him down during that time. Wallace burned Marshall and Johnson for the TD.

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