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first_imgTuesday, October 18thPolamalu OK, expectedto play SundayPolamalu left last Sunday’s game in the fourth quarterwith concussion-like symptoms, but coach Mike Tomlin saidthe six-time Pro Bowler “appears to be good to go.”Collier: It’s too soon to believe inpass defenseSeeing is believing, goes the oversimplification, but atthe highest levels of professional football, particularlyin the way the Steelers approach their pass defense,believing isn’t seeingSame old defense putting up goodnumbersWarren Sapp hasn’t been heard from on the topic recently,but after six weeks of the NFL season the Steelers defenseleads the league in yards allowed per game (270.5) to gowith their standing of No. 1 against the pass (157.7).Steelers are perplexedby hit-or-miss offenseThe Steelers rank 22nd in the NFL in scoring (19.8 pointsper game), even though they compare favorably in severalother statistical categories.They are fifth in the NFL in third-down conversions (48.7percent) and 10th in total offense (373.0 yards per game).Since the season-opening debacle in Baltimore, theSteelers have averaged just one giveaway a game. Pass rush is the Steelers’ key to slowing Arizona’s FitzgeraldThe way to stop Larry Fitzgerald is not so much by assigning Ike Taylor to him and double-covering him all game. The Steelers can stop Fitzgerald, one of the game’s most dangerous wide receivers, the way they have stopped other receivers in the past — by pressuring the quarterback, in this case Arizona’s Kevin KolbThursday, October 20thSteelersquarterback plagued by spotty playEven though Roethlisberger is on pace to surpass hiscareer averages in yards, touchdown attempts andcompletions, his inconsistent play has led the highlyregarded Steelers offense to sputter at times through thefirst six games.Ben lobbies for no huddle“I feel we can change it up,” said Roethlisberger. “It’s aweapon for us. We just haven’t had a chance to get into ityet. I wanted to get into it last week. I love doing it.We have so many weapons we need to utilize it.”Harrison says eye & back are doing better-hopes to return soonThe down time has also given Harrison time to get his backbetter as well and I asked him about it tonight onTwitter. He replied, “the back is doing a lot better, Iguess my eye injury has helped my back out!” Friday, October 21thOn the Steelers: Big Ben’s wish list topper: no huddleBen Roethlisberger wants to run the no-huddle offense more often and admits to some disappointment because his coaches will not let him.Steelers brace for another shot of FitzgeraldThe Arizona Cardinals wide receiver can still see himself breaking free in the final seconds of the 2009 Super Bowl against the Steelers. He can still see quarterback Kurt Warner rearing back to throw. He can still see Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley sacking Warner and forcing the fumble that gave the Steelers their sixth Lombardi Trophy.Arizona’s Porter, 34, shows ageJoey Porter remembers when he was the young linebacker for the Steelers getting ready to replace Jason Gildon. He remembers when he was a perennial Pro Bowl pick at right outside linebacker and registered 60 sacks, the fourth most in Steelers history. A game against Pittsburgh always takes on significantmeaning for Cardinals’ fans. There are several formerSteelers on the Cardinals’ roster and coaching staff.Pittsburgh has a huge national following, including righthere in the Valley. And of course, the Steelers beat theCardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 27-23Here’s what’s going on behind enemy lines in the SteelCity leading up to Sunday’s clash at University of PhoenixStadium. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Steelers Report Card: Game 6 vs.JacksonvilleIt’s a game the Steelers should have won by at least threetouchdowns. The offense went cold after scoring on itsfirst three possessions, but it did a good job stickingwith the run and did not commit a turnover. The defensedid not give up a play longer than 21 yards but missedtackles.Nearly caught catnapping: Big, earlylead almost vanishesThe Steelers ran out to their fourth victory and again hadto do so looking over their shoulders near the finishline. They have been the hare a few times this season,flashing easily to nice leads early and then nearlyfalling asleep as the tortoise creeps up on them.Steelers’ Polamalupulled for safety reasonsThe injury is not believed to be serious, and coach MikeTomlin said after the 17-13 win that the Steelers held outPolamalu because they “wanted to err on the side ofcaution.” Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Monday, October 17th D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Wednesday, October 19thMendenhall named AFCOffensive Player of the WeekMendenhall returned from a hamstring to go over 100rushing yards for the first time this season as theSteelers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-13.Mendenhall’s day included a career-long 68-yard run.Steelers, Cardinalsmaintaining connectionWhen the Cardinals host the Steelers on Sunday, there maybe as much familiarity as ever between the organizationsthat have been linked through a war-necessitated merger in1944 — and, more recently, former Steelers offensivecoordinator and current Cardinals head coach KenWhisenhunt.Steelers not winning battle for turnoversThey have lost the ball 12 times– six interceptions andsix fumbles. They have come up with two of their own, oneinterception and one fumble. Yet, they stand 4-2.Steelers’ Keisel improves ‘D’ by morethan a hairWhat a difference Keisel has made since returning to thelineup after missing two games with a knee problem. Thesame defense that was gashed for 86 yards and a touchdownby Indianapolis running back Joseph Addai and 155 yardsand a touchdown by Houston’s Arian Foster in his absencestiffened almost immediately. After their bye week, the Arizona Cardinals sit at 1-4,three and a half games behind the surprising San Francisco49ers in the NFC West standings.In other words, there’s work to be done for the Cardinalsto climb back into contention, and that work starts thisweek as the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelerscome to town to battle Ken Whisenhunt’s team on Sunday.Pittsburgh is 4-2 following their hard-fought 17-13 winover Jacksonville in Week 6.last_img

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