Friday, September 28, 2007

Week 4: Steelers 27 Cardinals 20

It is starting to scare me that the Steelers are starting to gain recognition as a top three team in the NFL. I liked the no respect card they were dealt and now they need to remain focused as new expectations are being placed upon them. On ESPN last night, Sean Salisbury called the Steelers the most balanced team to this point and it was time to start talking about them in the same breath as the Patsy’rots and Colts as the top three teams.

There’s no doubting the dominance the Steelers have exhibited in their first three games. Last week was really the team’s first test and they played great. Holding Frank Gore to less than 50 yards was the key to the game. Most of the yards and points scored by the 49ers were late in the game when the Steelers were already in control.

This week should be interesting. Whisenhunt and Grimm want to win badly to show the Rooney’s that they made a mistake by not hiring them, and Tomlin wants to prove he’s was indeed the right choice. The Cardinals shouldn’t have too much of advantage against the Steelers offense as the playbook is brand new since last year. In a normal situation, this should be an easy win for the Steelers, but it’s going to be tougher game because of this dynamic. I still think the Steelers win, but it will be closer than it really should be.

Some key stat projections:
Roethlisberger: 210 yards, 1 TDs, 1 INT
Parker: 125 rush yards, 3rec 25 yards, 1 rush TD
Davenport: 45 rush yards, 3 rec 20 yards, 1 rush TD
Ward: May not play
Holmes: 6 rec 90 yards, 1 TD
Miller: 4 rec 30 yards
Defense: 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INTs

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