The Arizona Cardinals are 23-31-3 all time versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cardinals will need everyone on the same page this Sunday in order to even have a shot at beating the defending AFC Champions. The Steelers all-pro strong safety Troy Polamalu, who left last Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with concussion-like symptoms, was cleared to play this week. Even more of a reason for the Cards to focus on the task at hand. No breaks. If you ask the Cards, they probably wouldn’t ask for any either. They need to come out and prove they can beat the best at their best. It’s the only way to learn how to win consistently.
The Cardinals are a little banged up themselves. Tight end Todd Heap will still probably be limited this week in practice with a hurt hamstring. My guess is he will end up being a game-time decision once again. If he can’t go, they still have Jeff King and Rob Housler to go to. Quarterback Kevin Kolb needs to make his reads and learn how to hit his open receivers consistently. He missed a couple of big ones against the Minnesota Vikings.
One thing is for sure this week, the Cards can not afford to fall down 28-0 early. I guarantee no matter how hard the Cards play after that, they will not be making any comebacks. After the disaster of a first quarter in Minnesota, the Cards outscored the Vikings 10-6 the rest of the way and had many chances to do more damage.