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Steelers cruise past Cardinals

Ben Roethlisberger,  O'Brien Schofield AP

The Steelers held serve on Sunday in Arizona, setting up a pretty big two weeks in Pittsburgh.

They improved to 5-2 with a convincing 32-20 win over the Cardinals, which means they’ll be hosting the Patriots and Ravens in the next two weeks with a chance to make a case for themselves as the best team in the AFC.  They were in control of the game against the Cardinals most of the way, but they really ended the game after the Cardinals scored a touchdown in the third quarter to cut the Steelers lead to 17-14. Ben Roethlisberger completed six-of-seven passes for 80 yards on the next drive, capping the possession with a four-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders.

They followed that up by forcing Kevin Kolb into a safety when he tried to throw the ball away against a fierce rush in his own end zone on the first play of the next drive. Kolb was flagged for intentional grounding, giving the Steelers two points and the ball. They held the ball for seven minutes before a Shuan Suisham field goal extended their lead to 15 points and it was pretty academic from there. You could quibble about the Steelers’ offensive choices after going up 26-14 because they didn’t score any more touchdowns, but the results look pretty good.

Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns without turning the ball over. Mike Wallace set a Steelers record with a 95-yard touchdown, the 13th time he’s caught a score from Roethlisberger in the last 19 games, and joined Antonio Brown with more than 100 receiving yards. It has gotten to the point where teams single-cover Wallace at their own peril because there aren’t many corners who can run up the field with him well enough to ensure you don’t give up a quick six points. The running game never really got going, although it is hard to fault any team for putting the ball up in the air as much as possible against a very poor Cardinals secondary.

Kolb led a nice drive to draw the Cards back within 12 at the end, but that was a pretty cosmetic attempt to put polish on another poor performance. He threw a pick, struggled to make plays under pressure and couldn’t sustain drives long enough to make a real impact on the scoreboard. That doesn’t bode well for next week’s game against the Ravens defense and Kolb isn’t filling anyone with confidence that the Cardinals made the right long-term decision for the franchise.

All in all, this was the best the Steelers have looked since Week Two’s shutout of the Seahawks. They have a big jump in competition coming their way, but two straight wins will mean that no one will be talking about their sluggish start to the 2011 season.

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43 Responses to “Steelers cruise past Cardinals”
  1. crip2nite says: Oct 23, 2011 7:48 PM

    Easy sched!!! they should win. the Browns are gonna kill you guys. All we need is our kicker and your done!!!!!

  2. smasslock says: Oct 23, 2011 7:55 PM

    mike wallce and big Ben are the truth not to mention the rest of the team boys looking good way to go steelers

  3. dickroy says: Oct 23, 2011 7:56 PM

    Good win we needed. Next two weeks against Patriots and Ravens will define our season.

    Go Black and Gold!!!

  4. wtf2812 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:58 PM

    I’m hoping the Steelers will beat the Patriots, but Brady is always a bad matchup for them. I do see them beating Baltimore at home.

    I will root for 2-0, but will settle for 1-1 and, possibly, the last loss of the regular season for this “old, slow, done team.”

  5. winnersagain says: Oct 23, 2011 8:12 PM

    Your gonna need more then 2 field goals to beat the steelers crip2nite. Good luck with that, maybe u should go to the Bengals board.

  6. jh500 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:14 PM

    Kevin Kolb is just terrible. Absolutely terrible.

  7. chazatlas says: Oct 23, 2011 8:22 PM

    I’m a Panthers friend and my best friend is a Steelers fan. We compared the two teams strength of schedule and it was ridiculous. Steelers have a joke of a schedule.

  8. dickroy says: Oct 23, 2011 8:27 PM

    @wtf2812

    I agree, but the win we have to have is against the Baltimore.

  9. djstat says: Oct 23, 2011 8:27 PM

    Seriously Pittsburgh has beaten no one except an injured titans team! Steeper fans should shut up until they go 2-0 over the next two weeks.

  10. groess says: Oct 23, 2011 8:30 PM

    crip2nite…you are kiddin’ right?

    Steelers own the Browns. What have we beaten you…19 of the last 20 times, or something like that? As Bart Scott once said when he got prematurely excited about meeting the Steelers…

    “Can’t Wait!”

  11. timmons94 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:36 PM

    djstat,
    14 games each year are predetermined…6 games within the division, 4 vs a division from the afc, and 4 from a division from the nfc..2 games are then vs teams in the other 2 divisions in the conf based on your standings from the year before,…schedules r out minus the dates and the 2 games for the next 6 or so years…Steelers had hardest sched by far 3 yrs ago, and won the Super Bowl…

  12. dickroy says: Oct 23, 2011 8:44 PM

    distat,

    You must be a fan of a loosing team. Most are that hate the Steelers. A win is a win, and the Steelers are a winning team.

  13. ramofsteel says: Oct 23, 2011 8:46 PM

    Old and slow, eh??

    Think Mr. Wallace might have something to say about that…

  14. makosalad says: Oct 23, 2011 8:50 PM

    djstat,

    And the Steelers didn’t play injured? Our offensive line has been playing musical chairs for the last 5 games. Oh, and the injuries on our defensive line…. Yeah, we’re gonna shut up. Every win counts.

  15. geniusfan says: Oct 23, 2011 8:51 PM

    The combined records of the teams that the Steelers have beaten is 7-23.

    Contrariwise the two teams that beat Pittsburgh have a combined 8-4 record.

    Just saying.

  16. dickroy says: Oct 23, 2011 8:56 PM

    We have the best group of young wide receivers in the NFL and Ben is Ben. We have two young defensive linemen and a few older ones that are not done yet. We have a very good linebacking unit. We have a good group of backs in Mendenhall, Redman,and Moore. We do need to improve our offensive line.
    So we are not over the hill, old and slow. We are the Pittsburgh Steelers!!

  17. djstat says: Oct 23, 2011 9:09 PM

    Actually DJstat is a Ravens fan who had a front row seat to the ass whoopin Baltimore layed on your precious Steelers week 1. Look, I know how great the franchise has been in the last decade and over time. I know you beat Baltimore last year blah blah blah. My point is this year, this season the wins are against Seattle (2-5) Jacksonsville (1-5) Arizona (1-5) and Tennessee (3-3). The wins came over teams who have combined for 7 wins. My point is, stop talking about being the best team in the NFL until you have win over a team with a record better than .500. That’s it. That’s the point. Stop taking it personally and be objective. Don’t hide in the past or behind the soft schedule…

  18. kingdm8 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:23 PM

    I’m glad I turned the game off in the 4th quarter. Kolb sucks, the OL sucks, our pass D sucks… I’d sure like to have DRC and Christian Ponder right now instead of what we have. Instead, we’ve got a rookie CB with “potential” who won’t tackle and a QB with the happiest feet I’ve ever seen. Not to mention turnstile left tackle Levi Brown. Weren’t we in the Super Bowl a couple year ago?

  19. makosalad says: Oct 23, 2011 9:28 PM

    djstat,

    And the Steelers didn’t play injured? Our offensive line has been playing musical chairs for the last 5 games. Oh, and the injuries on our defensive line…. Yeah, we’re gonna shut up. Every win counts.

  20. makosalad says: Oct 23, 2011 9:29 PM

    djstat,

    And the Steelers didn’t play injured? Our offensive line has been playing musical chairs for the last 5 games. Oh, and the injuries on our defensive line…. Yeah, we’re gonna shut up. Every win counts.

  21. cornellsteelers says: Oct 23, 2011 9:30 PM

    @djstat

    We’ll stop doing that when Ravens fans stop saying they have the best team in the league before the season even starts, and that Flacco’s about to break out despite the fact that he hasn’t shown much if any improvement over the past few seasons.

  22. wtf2812 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:27 PM

    @djstat … Let’s see what the Steelers’ record is against the teams they BEAT about this time in two weeks after they have played your boys, the Ravens, in a nationally televised night game at Heinz Field. LOL.

    Wasn’t it YOUR boys who asked the NFL a couple years back to please, please not schedule the Ravens in a night game at Heinz Field? Boo hoo. Boo hoo. How chicken sh*t is that???

    Isn’t it like you – a Ravens fan – to come on a Steelers thread that has nothing to do with Baltimore to stir sh*t. And so many Ravens fans say what a nuisance Steelers fans are???? Oooook.

  23. charmcityalum says: Oct 23, 2011 10:30 PM

    No matter what the Steelers do over the next two weeks if they are the best team in the AFC you might as well hand the Lombardi to whoever makes it to the SB representing the NFC.

    In the past the Steelers defense has been dominate and has covered up a lot of problems. The fact that they are number one in yardage allowed is misleading and if you really watch the games you know this to be true.

    The Steelers are not a very good football team this year and I have a strong suspicion those you you that don’t already know this are gonna find out in the next two weeks.

  24. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 23, 2011 10:34 PM

    djstat says:
    Oct 23, 2011 9:09 PM
    My point is, stop talking about being the best team in the NFL until you have win over a team with a record better than .500. That’s it. That’s the point. Stop taking it personally and be objective. Don’t hide in the past or behind the soft schedule…
    ————————————————————

    Uh, what Steeler fans exactly are talking about being the “best team” in football? The answer is, zero. THAT is the point, chum… until you stop lying, I’d lay off the lectures about being “objective” — or “hiding” — mmkay?

    You’re about as bad as tyler, who points out every bruise every Steeler opponent has, but never mentions what injuries the Steelers have themselves… and SOMEHOW missed that the Ravens got to play the Texans without their best WR, their best LB, and a crippled QB.

  25. charmcityalum says: Oct 23, 2011 10:44 PM

    I’m sure I’ll get a bunch of thumbs down on my previous post because the is a Steelers thread and many Steelers fans will be blinded by their love of the team to be honest with themselves.

    I know in 09 the Ravens weren’t as good as their record because of the soft schedule and didn’t have a snowball’s chance in bell of winning the SB (I was actually shocked when they won in the wildcard round in New England that year) but that is exactly what the Steelers are this year.

  26. rexismybff says: Oct 23, 2011 11:11 PM

    What’s all this “we” and “us” and “our” BS? Wake up Steeler fans – the team doesn’t sign your paycheck. You aren’t part of the family. Your last name is not Rooney or Tomlin or Woodley or Polamalu.
    Man! Yinzers do that worse than any other fan group.

  27. demonspank says: Oct 24, 2011 12:49 AM

    Wow. Are people seriously crowing about beating the … Cardinals?

    Hey, throw me a couple cheers. I made it down my driveway without falling into a volcano today.

    A win is a win, but… get a little perspective here.

  28. danrooneyii says: Oct 24, 2011 12:51 AM

    …Browns fans are talking smack after they just won 6-3 over the Seahawks? Really?

  29. vikesandravens78 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:52 AM

    Ravens fan here who isn’t gonna troll on the Steelers. Both teams are playing some great football and round 2 in Pittsburgh is gonna be another great chapter in the rivalry. Can’t wait!

  30. sportsfrenzy says: Oct 24, 2011 1:39 AM

    charcity alun way to be a homer, listening to alot of norris and davis in the morning? the fact is the steelers and ravens have the exact schedule besides the ravens played the jets and chargers and the steelers play the patriots and the chiefs( you cant blame the steelers cause the chiefs caught the injury bug) so if the steelers have a weak schedule so do the ravens, so that point you were trying to make is useless.
    so lets break down the ravens schedule week one big win over pitt at home after no offseason but i give the ravens credit for being prepared, week 2 lay an egg against tenn, week three they go on a tough road trip to a rams team with a team that the stanford cardinals can tear apart, week 4 joe flacco decided to stay at home and the defense beat mark sanchez
    week 5 the Houston texans come into m&t bank more beat up then snookis cooch, and lead into the 3rd quarter and then go lifeless.
    lets break it down everyone, joe flacco is statistically a bottom 10 qb in the league right now in the season , hes completing 50% of his passes and has a 79% passer rating, both a huge downfall from last years season,that team is built aroun ray rice, shut down rice shut down the ravens. so before all you steeler bashers wanna throw out your biased opinions look at stats, stats dont lie but jealous fans do, do your homework before you insult a franchise that plays 110% every sunday with 2nd and 3rd stringers playing like guys making 5 mill a year, the steelers are a franchise every franchise should shadow family owned, family grown, and pittsburgh pride, fear the beard everyone, the steelers have a heartbeat! HERE WE GO!

  31. yevrag3535 says: Oct 24, 2011 3:09 AM

    Dallas sucks!

  32. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 24, 2011 8:40 AM

    lol!

    So now the Steelers are supposed to be “all better”, eh?

    I got 2 words for you: EASY SCHEDULE!

    Anyone can look better than they are if their schedule is easy.

    I assume that (because the NFL wishes it) the Steelers will make the playoffs.

    Fine. But when they have to face a string of actual GOOD teams, they will get knocked out.

    And there are good things about the Steelers getting an easy schedule.

    One is that when they feast on terrible teams, they move themselves further down in the next draft.

    With lower draft picks, they lessen their chances of getting the good players they need to improve the teams many problem areas that their weak schedule covers up for them…

  33. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 24, 2011 8:50 AM

    rexismybff says:Oct 23, 2011 11:11 PM

    What’s all this “we” and “us” and “our” BS? Wake up Steeler fans – the team doesn’t sign your paycheck. You aren’t part of the family. Your last name is not Rooney or Tomlin or Woodley or Polamalu.
    Man! Yinzers do that worse than any other fan group.

    ———————————————————-

    Yes, they do.

    Red Sox fans do the same thing in baseball…

  34. stoogy says: Oct 24, 2011 8:55 AM

    steelers are overrated playing awful teams. They will loose to pats ravens and the bengals… Wait ull c.

  35. Steeler's Will says: Oct 24, 2011 9:50 AM

    Can’t deny that the next 3 opponents are a big concern. I would gladly take a loss to the Pats in exchange for wins against the Ravens and Bungles obviously.

  36. steelnucs says: Oct 24, 2011 9:57 AM

    If anyone here who complains about the Steelers’ “easy schedule” is a Ravens fan, you are the largest type of idiot around. Last I checked, the Steelers and Ravens played the same exact schedule except for 2 games – Steelers get the Pats and Chiefs and Ravens get Bolts and Jets. Pats are juuust a little better than the Jets and the Chiefs and bolts, who the hell knows what happens in the AFC west anymore. I’d say Ravens schedule is even easier.

  37. westclaims says: Oct 24, 2011 12:13 PM

    The bad calls and the multiple non calls will not go the Steelers way next week. Normally, I wouldn’t watch the Steelers and Patriots. However, next week, I will.

  38. gisellichek says: Oct 24, 2011 12:59 PM

    Pats V Steelers… Must watch TV!!!
    CAN’T WAIT!

  39. tk1966 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:26 PM

    crip2nite says: Oct 23, 2011 7:48 PM

    Easy sched!!! they should win. the Browns are gonna kill you guys. All we need is our kicker and your done!!!!!

    ___________________________________

    All you need is your kicker… and a grammar handbook…

  40. wtf2812 says: Oct 24, 2011 1:26 PM

    I won’t say all Baltimore fans are jackasses, because there are some great ones on this site. However, most of the ones who posted on this thread … Wow. Just Say No to Crack!! Is that what you people are smoking as you rant about the Steelers easy sked and don’t mention yours is pretty much a carbon copy?

    I said it before, I’ll say it again (yawn) … the NFL season is not a dash, it is a marathon. Let’s just see who is there at the end, shall we???

  41. makosalad says: Oct 24, 2011 4:38 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 24, 2011 8:50 AM
    rexismybff says:Oct 23, 2011 11:11 PM

    What’s all this “we” and “us” and “our” BS? Wake up Steeler fans – the team doesn’t sign your paycheck. You aren’t part of the family. Your last name is not Rooney or Tomlin or Woodley or Polamalu.
    Man! Yinzers do that worse than any other fan group.
    ———————————————–

    on behalf of all Steeler fans who forget to post in the most politically correct format, i would like to apologize for this infraction. clearly, we are disillusioned and require reprimand each time it happens. thank goodness the reality police is always there to remind us!

  42. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 25, 2011 7:10 AM

    makosalad says:Oct 24, 2011 4:38 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 24, 2011 8:50 AM
    rexismybff says:Oct 23, 2011 11:11 PM

    What’s all this “we” and “us” and “our” BS? Wake up Steeler fans – the team doesn’t sign your paycheck. You aren’t part of the family. Your last name is not Rooney or Tomlin or Woodley or Polamalu.
    Man! Yinzers do that worse than any other fan group.
    ———————————————–

    on behalf of all Steeler fans who forget to post in the most politically correct format, i would like to apologize for this infraction. clearly, we are disillusioned and require reprimand each time it happens. thank goodness the reality police is always there to remind us!

    ———————————————————

    That’s what you get for leaving your keeper behind & fleeing the asylum.

    Better go back there quick before the woodpeckers get you…

  43. antibenapalooza says: Oct 27, 2011 8:22 PM

    I have to agree that Steelers fans these days seem to be clueless, but for a different reason. How they can still cheer for Pig Ben is beyond me. He HAS TO GO so sanity can return to The Steel City.

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