It was arguably the worst and most painful loss of the season for Pittsburgh, as the playoff-hopeful Steelers were dominated by one of the league’s worst teams record-wise at home.
After the game, Steelers’ running back Jaylen Warren fielded questions regarding whether or not Pittsburgh underestimated their opponent. “I guess just taking them lightly — lighter than we should have,” Warren said, referencing the Steelers’ preparations for playing the Cardinals. He was then asked if the Steelers might’ve overlooked Arizona. “Yeah, could be,” he replied.
“Obviously, I’m assuming nobody likes this feeling after a loss like that, to a team like that. We just gotta get on the same page and get to work,” he said in answer to another question. Warren was also asked if the Steelers had a problem handling success if they were overlooking the Cardinals after defeating the Bengals last week.
“I don’t know how to answer that,” replied Warren. “Probably, we let the highs get too high.”
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Jaylen Warren said that the Steelers may have taken the Cardinals lightly. Added they may have gotten too high off their win in Cincinnati.— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) December 3, 2023
"I guess just taking them lightly -- lighter than we should have.""
"We let the highs get too high." pic.twitter.com/MszskhGh3q
Warren’s statements aren’t a good look for a Steelers team that lost by two scores to a 6.5-point underdogs who hasn’t won on the road yet this season.
However, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin refuted the sentiment that his team might’ve overlooked their Week 13 opponent. In his post-game presser, Tomlin was asked about the chances of the Steelers taking the Cardinals lightly. “No, we look at ourselves and the quality of our play or the lack thereof. And it wasn’t there today,” he replied. When asked if his team was overconfident following their win over Cincinnati, he replied with a simple “no.”
The Steelers will have another chance at defeating a 2-10 opponent at home next week, as the Steelers take on the New England Patriots on Week 14’s Thursday Night Football .