Remember the last time these two teams met, not counting the pre-season?
Since I was working that cold night, I remember seeing James Harrison intercepting Kurt Warner, and running back for a touchdown. Since work was relatively cold and quiet, I was sent home. I walked across the street only to see Kurt throw a pass to Larry Fitzgerald. Boom! Touchdown Arizona.
Suddenly. I felt my heart drop. Seeing Larry in the end zone, celebrating what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown, it killed me.
"That seriously JUST happened? I came here to see us lose? Come on Ben, I believe in you!"
Everybody on the Steelers's sidelines just pondered as if they had just lost. One man kept his composure. That was Mike Tomlin, the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. he told Ben to do his thing and bring the trophy backhome to Pittsburgh.
With the time winding down, we saw Ben prove to the world why he's an elite Quarterback in this Tom Brady/Payton Manning-loving NFL. He drove the team down to score with less then 35 seconds left in the game.
But that was then.
Keep your eyes on:
How Arizona comes out from their bye week. Even though their record says one thing, there's plenty of time to turn things around.
Steeler's Defense: Jacksonville gave the Defense quite a scare. With Harrison, Hampton, and Smith out, the Steelers D may be in for a surprise. The Steeler's D has to contain Larry Fitzgerald, but don't forget Early Doucet, Todd Heap (remember me from Baltimore) and Beanie Wells. It should be noted that we average 122.3, while the D coughs up 112.8 yards per game. (pass D gives up 157.7 per game). Steeler's D is no.1 in passing ypg, and in total Defense.
Rashard Mendenhall: Coming off of injury, Mendenhall stopped the critic chatter by running for 146 yards on 23 carries. Can he keep it up, or is Arizona gonna shut him down with their run defense? Remember, Arizona gives up 118.8 yards a game....on average.
Mike Wallace is playing great. Could you imagine how much more lethal he'd be if Ben was more accurate with the football?
Ought to be a good one. Steelers win 31-17