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Steelers at Cardinals Week Seven Capsule

STEELERS CARDINALS
SERIES LEADER 31-23-3  
STREAKS 2 of past 3 3 of past 5 overall
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 1-1 Whisenhunt: 1-1
LAST WEEK W 17-13 vs. Jaguars Bye (Wk. 5: L 34-10 at Vikings)
LAST GAME 9/30/07: Steelers 14 at Cardinals
21. Arizona outscores Pittsburgh 14-7 in decisive 4th quarter, including
73-yard PR-TD by WR-PR Steve Breaston.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/30/07
BROADCAST CBS (1:05 PM MT): Greg Gumbel, Dan
Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 85 (Pit.), 139 (Arz.). XM: 231 (Arz.).

STATS

PASSING Roethlisberger: 121-195-1,576
(3C)-9-6-90.0
Kolb: 101-172-1,281-5-6-77.2
RUSHING Mendenhall: 81-319-3.9-3 Wells: 79-381-4.8-6 (T2L)
RECEIVING Wallace: 33 (T2C)-612 (2C)-18.5-4
(T3C)
Fitzgerald: 27-427-15.8-2
OFFENSE 373.0 340.2
TAKE/GIVE -10 -4
DEFENSE 270.5 (1L) 377.0
SACKS Woodley: 5 (T1C) Campbell: 2.5
INTs Woodley: 1 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Sepulveda: 47.8 Zastudil: 44.5
KICKING Suisham: 35 (14/14 PAT; 7/11 FG) Feely: 24 (12/12 PAT; 4/7 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS:  Incl.
SB XLIII, Pit. has won 3 of past 4 against Arz…Pit. has 12-5 (.706) record vs.
NFC under head coach MIKE TOMLINQB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 20-6
(.769) as starter vs. NFC & has completed 406 of 659 passes (61.6 pct.) for
5,539 yards with 34 TDs vs. 17 INTs & 94.9 passer rating. Roethlisberger
has 20-7 (.741) record as starter in Oct. In past 2 games, Roethlisberger has 6
TDs vs. 1 INT & 113.8 passer rating…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL had
season-best 146 rush yards last week…WR MIKE WALLACE has rec. of at
least 40+ yards in 5 consecutive games, longest such streak in the NFL since TERRELL
OWENS
(5) in ’04. WR HINES WARD (11,939) needs 61 rec. yards to
become 19th player in NFL history with 12,000 career. Ward had 2 TD catches in
only regular season meeting vs. Cardinals (11/9/03)…Defense allows NFL-low in
yards per game (270.5) & passing yards per game (157.7) this season…LB
LA MARR WOODLEY
has 3.5 sacks in past 2 games…DE BRETT KEISEL tied
career-high with 2 sacks last week…CARDINALS: 1st meeting since
SB XLIII. Head coach KEN WHISENHUNT was Pit. asst. coach for 6 years
(2001-06)…In 11 starts with 15+ att., QB KEVIN KOLB has passed for 250+
yards 7 times (63.6 pct.)…RB BEANIE WELLS has rushed for TD in all 4
games he has played in ’11. Tied for 2nd in NFL with 6 rushing TDs. Is
averaging 95.3 rush yards per game, best mark in NFC. In past 2 at home, has
rushed for 228 yards (114 per game) & 4 TDs…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has
17 catches for 247 yards (123.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career meetings
(incl. SB). Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 7+ rec. & 120+ yards. In past
11 games vs. AFC (incl. SB), has 10 TD catches. WR EARLY DOUCET is 2nd
in NFL with 13 catches on 3rd down. In past 4 vs. Pit. (incl. playoffs), TE
TODD HEAP
has 3 TDs. Needs 20 catches to reach 500 for career (480)…S
ADRIAN WILSON
is 1 of 5 S in NFL history with 20+ sacks (22.5) & 25+
INTs (26). Since start of ’05, Wilson (19.5) has most sacks by DB. Since start
of 2007, DT DARNELL DOCKETT has 29.5 sacks, most by DT (incl. playoffs).
Tied SB record w/ 3 sacks. LB JOEY PORTER spent 1st 8 years with
Pit. (1999-2006).

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.

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