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Stingy Steelers D Will Look to Stop a Solid Cardinals Offense

While the Steelers will have to pay some attention to the Cardinals running game Sunday in Super Bowl XLIII, there is no question what the Steelers D will focus in on – stopping Kurt Warner and the Cards passing attack. When you have a guy like Larry Fitzgerald who can out-jump two guys to get the football, there is nothing you can do about that,” Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said. “You just have to realize that he is a great player, they have a great quarterback (Kurt Warner), a great scheme and he makes great plays. I think it would be big to limit those plays.”

Warner is the key to the Cards success, throwing for 4583 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this past season. He’s been very good in the playoffs, throwing for 770 yards with 8 touchdowns and two interceptions. Pressure and disguising coverages will be a key element in trying to get Warner off his rhythm Sunday.

“We expect everything. It’s the Super Bowl, so everything goes,” Steelers LB James Farrior said. “We know they’re a high-powered offense and they’re going to try to get the ball to their great receivers they have to make plays. We definitely expect a little bit of everything.”

The Cardinals have been solid in their three playoff games, putting up total yards of 357, 215 and 267 yards. The Steelers are a stingy defense, and their specialty is not allowing teams to put up 300 yards of offense. They allowed it just once all regular season (Tennessee), and will look to put the hammer on the Cards and their offense Sunday.

“We’ll find out on Sunday,” Farrior said. “We know they have a great, high-powered offense and they’ll try to get the ball to their great receivers. It’s going to be a tough challenge for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. mark

    January 28, 2009 at 11:35 am

    That about sums it up. The Steelers MUST prevent multiple big plays, from anyone. We are all aware of Fitzgerald, Warner, Breasten, and Boldin. Edgerin James is still a presence and the Steelers have to continue stuffing the run. Even if the Cards are forced to be 1 dimensional, its that dimension that is their strength.If the Steelers can dodge a few bullets, even creating turnovers and sacks it will be HUGE! I still say the Defense will do its job, for the most part, but it will be the Steeler offense that will have to win this game.

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