jonesIn a game that was dominated at times by Arizona but still saw Pittsburgh leading late, the Cardinals had all they needed:  Possession of the ball, and down only 5 points with 7:19 left in the game.

Mike Mitchell had other ideas however, as he intercepted a Carson Palmer pass at the goal line and Pittsburgh (4-2) defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, 25-13.

In the first half of play Arizona (4-2) had 233 yards through the air, while Pittsburgh had only 1 measly passing yard. In the second half, the Steelers scored every time they had the ball, and the Cardinals kept missing opportunities.

Everything started to go Pittsburgh’s way at the start of the 3rd quarter when James Harrison absolutely leveled Arizona WR John Brown, causing a fumble recovered by Mitchell.  Michael Vick (47 yards rushing) and the Steelers offense took advantage of the short field and notched a FG by Chris Boswell, one of his 4 made kicks of the day.

Landry Jones did a fine job coming off the bench in the 2nd half for Vick, who suffered a hamstring injury.  The addition of Jones to the Steelers line-up added a passing attack that was nearly non-existent under Vick, and really put the nail in Arizona’s coffin.  Jones finished with a workman-like and impressive 168 yards passing and 2 touchdowns.

Arizona was led by Palmer, who was 29-45 for 421 passing but only 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.  Brown had a huge game with 10 receptions for 196 yards.  He had that big fumble however, and both he and Carson failed to connect on a much needed additional touchdown.

Le’Veon Bell combined with Vick for a strong Steelers rushing attack that kept them in the game in the first half.  Bell finished with 88 yards on 24 carries.

Pittsburgh keeps surviving without Ben Roethlisberger, and will face the Chiefs in Kansas City next week. The questions must surely be on the way for Coach Mike Tomlin: Coach, who will start at quarterback next week?  He will likely stay with Vick, but young Landry Jones has certainly given him something to think about.

Arizona loses a tough one on the road, but for a team with such lofty expectations, this was a big loss.  The game was there for the taking, and they failed to grab it.  Carson Palmer’s late interception was plain awful, and must have the whole team scratching their heads.  The Cardinals try to right the ship Monday October 26th at home versus the Ravens.


Luke Straub

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Spark Sports NFL Analyst