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Lifeless Steelers Lose To Cardinals 24-10

With a 7-4 record and two very winnable games in front of them, the Pittsburgh Steelers looked to be in prime position to make a strong push towards the AFC playoffs.  Unfortunately, the Steelers came out flat and lifeless on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Arizona Cardinals by a 24-10 score at Acrisure Stadium.

In an odd game that featured two weather delays and injuries to Kenny Pickett and TJ Watt, the Steelers, who had everything to play for, were out-hustled and out-coached by a Cardinals team which had only two victories on the season. 

Kyler Murray had 145 yards passing a touchdown, while James Conner had 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  In relief of the injured Pickett, Mitch Trubisky through for 117 yards and one touchdown.  Najee Harris had 63 yards rushing while George Pickens had four catches for 86 yards.

A promising opening drive by Pittsburgh stalled late, resulting in a 29 yard field goal by Chris Boswell.  The Cardinals tied the game later in the quarter on a 51 yard field goal by Matt Prater.  Murray connected on a five yard touchdown pass to Trey McBride to make it 10-3 Cardinals just before the half.

Conner’s one-yard touchdown run came as a result of Trubisky’s fumble deep in their own territory.  Arizona led 17-3.  The Steelers put together a strong drive in response, but once again, came up short, turning the ball over.  Conner’s second touchdown of the game came from nine yards out, making this one a laugher at 24-3.

Diontae Johnson’s two-yard touchdown catch from Trubisky in the fourth quarter was far too little, far too late, as the Cardinals went on to win by two touchdowns.

This was a horrific game for the Steelers.  Again, with everything to play for, this team came out flat and unprepared.  When a team is not prepared for what happens on the field, there is one area to place the game – coaching.  For a coach who is routinely celebrated by the national media, Mike Tomlin looks terrible right now.  Accountability needs to fall on him as this team had a home game against a west coast team with only two wins on the season.  Now, a loss paired with victories by the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and others, put the Steelers in the middle of a mess in AFC wild card picture.

Overall Record: 7-5

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor