The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-2, but are currently dealing with several issues on their team. Second-year inside linebacker Ryan Shazier continues to remain out with a shoulder injury. Ben Roethlisberger is just starting to work his way back from a knee injury. Maurkice Pouncey could be lost for the year as he deals with a complication from his broken ankle and the team is now playing its fourth kicker who has never made a kick at Heinz Field before.
The Arizona Cardinals are at the other end of the spectrum, as they're 4-1 and have a point differential of +100 after five games. Such a statistic certainly speaks volumes about the offense which is coming to Pittsburgh this Sunday. The Cardinals' defense is far from perfect, but they are very opportunistic in terms of turnovers, especially interceptions. The focus will be on Michael Vick to take care of the ball, but without completely shutting down the offense.
The Steelers are rare home underdogs, as the Cardinals are favored by 3.5 points in Week 6. Vegas sees this game as being close, but who are the experts taking? Time to take a look at who those in the know are picking in this rematch of Super Bowl 43.
The fine folks at SB Nation have entered their picks, and it isn't pretty if you're a fan of the Black-and-Gold. In fact, not one single expert selected the Steelers to hold serve at home against the Cardinals. Not one.
Expanding the search to find someone who likes Pittsburgh at home, we found what we were looking for at ESPN. There weren't many, four out of 14 to be exact, but there were some signs of life in experts willing to take the Steelers in this Week-6 game.
At FOXSports.com, it is almost a 50/50 split on this game. Three of the seven experts who make weekly selections for FOX think the Steelers stand more than just a chance at victory Sunday, but predict they will leave the game victorious and advance their record to 4-2.
At CBSSports.com, it isn't pretty. Another website with every single expert taking the Cardinals will certainly peak Steelers Nation's angst leading up to the game. After all, the fans of the Terrible Towel don't like being told their favorite team doesn't stand a chance in a contest.
At NFLPickWatch, a website which takes all expert picks and puts them in one easy-to-read location, they have 84 percent of experts leaning towards the visiting Cardinals in this game. The numbers don't lie and it's clear the experts think the Steelers with Vick at quarterback aren't capable of winning this game at home. However, there is a reason why they play the game.