GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his touchdown with head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger #7 during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Steelers Vs. Cardinals: Pittsburgh Defeats Arizona 32-20 In The Desert

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the Steelers 32-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

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Steelers' Guard Chris Kemoeatu Fined $25,000

Pittsburgh Steelers guard Chris Kemoeatu was slapped with two separate fines by the NFL totaling in $25,000 today for incidents in last weeks game against the Arizona Cardinals. Kemoeatu said he was fined $15,000 for a late hit and $10,000 for a hands-to-the face penalty.

Both penalties by Kemoeatu came on the Steelers second drive. The hands-to-the face penalty was thankfully offset by a defensive holding call, but the personal foul was a drive killing play. Kemoeatu was flagged for a personal foul on 2nd and 10, pushing the Steelers into 3rd and 18 after a 7-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Hines Ward. The Steelers failed to convert the third down and were forced to punt. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that he has met with Kemoeatu and explained to him he has to cut those kinds of mental mistakes out.

Kemoeatu is the fourth Steelers lineman to be fined this season.

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Ravens Vs. Jaguars: Steelers Move To Top In AFC North After Rivals' Loss

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 12-7 Monday night, moving the Steelers into first place in the AFC North division. The Steelers are currently 5-2, the Ravens 4-2.

The Ravens held the Jaguars to 205 total yards and didn’t allow a touchdown, as all of Jacksonville’s points came on Josh Scobee field goals, including three of 51 yards or more. But the Jags were even stingier, allowing the Ravens only 146 total yards, including just 34 yards rushing. The Ravens’ only points came on a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin late in the fourth quarter. The Ravens then tried an onside kick, but couldn’t recover it.

Maurice Jones-Drew had 105 yards rushing for the Jaguars, although he also had three fumbles, one of which the Jags lost.

To revel in the Ravens’ loss to the previously 1-5 Jaguars, check out Baltimore Beat Down.


NFL Standings Update, Week 7: Steelers Still Behind Ravens In AFC North

Here's a look at the NFL standings following most of Week 7's games. In the AFC North, the Steelers are currently behind the Baltimore Ravens, who play Monday night against the Jaguars. In the unlikely event that the Ravens lose on Monday, the Steelers would move into first place in the division, despite a number of shaky performances so far this season.

Ravens 4-1

Steelers 5-2

Bengals 4-2

Browns 3-3

Elsewhere, there's a bunch of polarization in the NFL, with a number of awful winless teams (like the Colts, who are down 62-7 in Sunday Night Football as I type this - I feel pretty comfortable penciling them in for a loss), plus pretty much the entire NFC West, beyond the 49ers. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers are 7-0.

Here's the rest of the AFC. AFC East:

Patriots 5-1

Bills 4-2

Jets 4-3

Dolphins 0-6

AFC South:

Texans 4-3

Titans 3-3

Jaguars 1-5

Colts 0-7

AFC West: 

Chargers 4-2

Raiders 4-3

Chiefs 3-3

Broncos 2-4

And the NFC. NFC East:

Giants 4-2

Cowboys 3-3

Redskins 3-3

Eagles 2-4

NFC North

Packers 7-0

Lions 5-2

Bears 4-3

Vikings 1-6

NFC South

Saints 5-2

Bucs 4-3

Falcons 4-3

Panthers 2-5

NFC West

49ers 5-1

Seahawks 2-4

Cardinals 1-5

Rams 0-6

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Steelers Vs. Cardinals Final: Ben Roethsliberger Has Huge Day As Pittsburgh Downs Arizona 32-20

Ben Roethlisberger was superb in the desert on Sunday, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) to a 32-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals (1-5). The Pittsburgh signal caller was 25 of 38 on the day for 340 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with speedy wideout Mike Wallace in the second quarter on a 95-yard touchdown toss, the longest pass play in the history of the storied Steelers franchise. The win was Pittsburgh's third in a row, while the Cardinals dropped their fifth straight after a season-opening victory against the Carolina Panthers.

While Roethlisberger excelled on the offensive side of the ball, LaMarr Woodley more than matched him on defense. The Pittsburgh linebacker was a disruptive presence throughout, harassing Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb all afternoon and generally being a nuisance in the Cardinals backfield for sixty straight minutes. Woodley finished with seven total tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and forced a safety in the third quarter when Kolb intentionally grounded the ball in the end zone in the face of Woodley's rush.

Pittsburgh overcame sloppy tackling and bad penalties in the first half that allowed the Cardinals to hang around. After Arizona trimmed the lead to 17-14 on a Kolb to Larod Stephens-Howling 73-yard pass early in the second half, the Steelers ran off 15 straight points over the third and fourth quarters to regain control of the game.

Hines Ward left the game with a foot injury, and did not return. The team has yet to report on the severity of the injury.

The Steelers return home next week to face the New England Patriots at Heinz Field in a battle of perennial AFC powers.

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. Follow the rest of NFL Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals Score Update: Late Arizona Touchdown Cuts Pittsburgh Lead To 32-20

The Arizona Cardinals have cut the Pittsburgh Steelers' lead to 32-20 with just under four minutes left in the game.

Arizona stopped a 15-0 scoring run by the Steelers with a Kevin Kold to Early Doucet two yard touchdown pass. The Cardinals were unable to convert on the subsequent two point conversion.

After allowing the Cardinals to climb back into the game at 17-14 early in the third quarter, Ben Roethlisberger and company took control of the game with a 10 play, 80 yard drive that ate up over five minutes of the clock and put the Steelers up 24-14. Kevin Kolb was called for intentionally grounding in the end zone on Arizona's next possession, and the Cardinals found themselves down 29-14 and virtually out of the game after that safety.

The loss of Beanie Wells in the first half has certainly hampered Arizona's offensive efforts, but perhaps not as much as the play of Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who has spent the day harassing Kolb. Woodley has six solo tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and was the player who forced Kolb's safety.

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. Follow the rest of NFL Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals: Emmanuel Sanders Touchdown And Kevin Kolb Safety Give Steelers 26-14 Lead

After allowing the Arizona Cardinals to sneak back into the game thanks to a 73-yard pass from Kevin Kolb to Larod Stephens-Howling midway through the third quarter, the Steelers stormed back with a drive of their own, culminating in a four-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders that gave Pittsburgh a 10-point lead (24-14). A safety then extended that lead to 12 points.

Roethlisberger completed a 17-yard pass to Heath Miller early in the drive, then made short passes to Sanders and Antonio Brown that took the Steelers to the Cardinals’ 22 yard line. Then Roethlisberger threw over the middle to Sanders, which put the Steelers at the two yard line, and the pair connected again for the touchdown, with Roethlisberger evading the Cardinals’ pass rush and finding Sanders near the back-right corner of the end zone.

On the Cardinals’ ensuing drive, Kolb picked up an intentional grounding penalty in his own end zone after being pressured by LaMarr Woodley, resulting in a safety. That increased the Steelers’ lead to 12. It’s now 26-14. Here's video of the safety.

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Hines Ward Injury Update: Pittsburgh Wide Receiver Has Foot Injury, According To Report

The Pittsburgh Steelers have just scored again to extend their lead in the desert to 24-14 over the Arizona Cardinals, but veteran wide receiver Hines Ward has left the field with an apparent foot injury. Via Dale Lolley:

Hines Ward officially has a foot injury
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Ward has returned to the Steelers sideline after initially being brought to the locker room on a cart, but according to Steelers beat reporters on Twitter his return to the game is questionable.

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. Follow the rest of NFL Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals Score Update: Arizona Cuts Pittsburgh Lead To 17-14 After Long Touchdown Pass

Once again, the Pittsburgh Steelers are letting a team hang around after jumping out to a big early lead. The Arizona Cardinals now trail just 17-14 after a Kevin Kolb to Larod Stephens-Howling 73 yard touchdown pass.

Arizona running back Beanie Wells, who left late in the first half with an apparent knee sprain, has yet to return to the field, but it did not hamper the Cardinals on their six play, 80 yard scoring drive that took just two and a half minutes.

The Steelers have played sloppy defensively throughout the game, missing tackles and accumulating killer penalties that have allowed the Cardinals to maintain drives.

Ben Roethlisberger and company will need to continue to put points on the board, as the hometown Cardinals now have the crowd and momentum behind them.

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. Follow the rest of NFL Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals Halftime Score: Pittsburgh Leads Arizona 17-7 In The Desert

The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Arizona Cardinals 17-7 at halftime, behind two Ben Roethlisberger touchdown tosses and a Shaun Suisham field goal. The story of the first half, however, may be the copious amounts of penalties committed by the Steelers, costly penalties that have allowed Arizona to sustain drives and directly resulted in the Cardinals' lone score. Ike Taylor in particular has had a rough afternoon, having yellow laundry thrown in his direction multiple times.

Pittsburgh got on the board first with a 12 yard Big Ben to Heath Miller toss, and stretched their lead to 14 points on a dynamic 95 pass play between the Steelers quarterback and wide receiver rocket Mike Wallace.

Arizona finally scored late in the first quarter, on a one yard Alfonso Smith touchdown run after a 13 play, 80 yard drive, a drive kept alive twice by costly Pittsburgh penalties.

Smith was in the game for Arizona because Beanie Wells has sustained an apparent knee sprain. His return is questionable.

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. Follow the rest of NFL Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals Score Update: Ben Roethlisberger 95-Yard Touchdown Pass To Mike Wallace Gives Steelers 14 Point Lead

Mike Wallace kept up his weekly routine of leaving opposing defensive backs in his dust, this time catching a second quarter pass from Ben Roethlisberger and sprinting into the end zone for a 14-0 Pittsburgh lead over the Arizona Cardinals. When that metaphorical dust did settle, it was 95 yards on the completion from Big Ben to his speedy wideout.

The touchdown connection came just one possession after Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb was unable to connect on a long bomb to receive Rob Housler, a play on which Pittsburgh defensive back Ryan Clark was clearly beaten.

On the day, Roethlisberger is already 7 for 10 for 170 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinals need to be careful, as this game could be out of hand by halftime at this rate.

Video of the Roethlisberger to Wallace touchdown toss, via APVideoReview:

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Steelers Vs. Cardinals: Pittsburgh Leads Arizona 7-0 After First Quarter

The Pittsburgh Steelers have jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the desert against the Arizona Cardinals, courtesy of a Ben Roethlisberger to Heath Miller 12 yard touchdown pass.

The first quarter was an evenly matched affair, with the Steelers and Cardinals controlling the ball for roughly seven and a half minutes. Pittsburgh has 74 yards of total offense, Arizona 78 yards.

The biggest difference int he game so far is Kevin Kolb's interception, which set up the Steelers scoring drive. Ryan Clark picked off the Cardinals' quarterback, setting Pittsburgh up nicely at Arizona's 31 yard line. Five plays later, Big Ben found Miller and the Steelers had a seven point lead.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown has already been targeted three times, catching all three balls for 46 yards.

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. Follow the rest of NFL Week 7 at SB Nation NFL.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals Score: Heath Miller's Touchdown Gives Pittsburgh Early Lead

The Pittsburgh Steelers have jumped out to an early lead an are now up by a score of 7-0 against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter.

Ryan Clark intercepted Kevin Kolb in the Cardinals’ first possession, and the Steelers started their first drive at the Arizona 31 yard line. Rashard Mendenhall lost five yards’ on the Steelers’ first play from scrimmage, but Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 16-yard completion on second down. A face mask penalty against the Cardinals on the next play got the Steelers into the red zone. Two plays later, Roethlisberger tossed a touchdown pass to Heath Miller.

The Cardinals just punted the ball away on their second possession. So far, so good for the Steelers. It would be nice to see them build a big lead here in the first half.

To follow the game with fellow Steelers fans, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For the Cardinals, there’s Revenge Of The Birds.


Week 7 NFL Scores: Texans Crush Titans; Jets, Browns Win

Here are scores from early-afternoon games around the NFL in Week 7. The Houston Texans dominated the Tennessee Titans, 41-7, with Arian Foster grabbing 115 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to go with a receiving touchdown and 119 receiving yards. The Texans outgained the Titans 518 yards to 148.

The Cleveland Browns knocked off the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 in an ugly game, and the Browns are now 3-3. The New York Jets, meanwhile, held off the San Diego Chargers 27-21. Shonn Greene picked up 112 yards rushing, and Mark Sanchez passed for three touchdowns.

The Carolina Panthers are wrapping up a likely victory over the Washington Redskins. The Detroit Lions are down a touchdown to the Atlanta Falcons with about a minute and a half to play, but are currently driving. And the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos are currently tied at 15 in overtime.

The Steelers’ game against the Cardinals is underway.

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Steelers Vs. Cardinals Inactives: Maurkice Pouncey Will Play For Steelers, Todd Heap Out For Cardinals

Here are the Steelers’ inactives this week against the Arizona Cardinals.

QB Dennis Dixon
G Doug Legursky
RB Jonathan Dwyer
NT Casey Hampton
NT Chris Hoke
LB James Harrison
LB Jason Worilds

C Maurkice Pouncey (elbow) will play after having been listed as probable. Worilds had been listed as questionable. None of the rest are all that surprising, based on injury reports from earlier in the week. Aaron Smith, obviously, is also out after being placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.

For the Cardinals, TE Todd Heap had been a game-time decision, but he appears to be out. Here are the rest of the Cardinals inactives.

QB Richard Bartel
RB Chester Taylor
TE Todd Heap
T D’Anthony Batiste
TE Jim Dray
S Kerry Rhodes
DE Ronald Talley

The game begins at 4:05 PM and is on CBS. For more coverage of the game, be sure to stick with this storystream. Also check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more Steelers coverage, and Revenge Of The Birds for more on the Cardinals.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals: Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The Pittsburgh Steelers head to Arizona fresh off a 17-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at home. The Steelers recently lost veteran defensive end Aaron Smith for the season with a foot injury, but the Steelers defense should still be able to manage an Arizona Cardinals offense that will be looking to be more efficient coming off the bye week. While the Steelers are sitting at 4-2, they've looked rather lackluster in some of their games and have beat up on some bad football teams. They'll be looking to get healthy and improve their performance against the struggling Cardinals.

The Steelers defense will look to stifle a struggling Kevin Kolb at quarterback and to try and just contain wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has well over 400 receiving yards on the season so far. The Cardinals offense has revolved around running back Beanie Wells, who's off to a nice start this season averaging 76 yards per game with six rushing touchdowns. The Steelers will look to stop Wells and force the Cardinals to throw the football.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 23; 4:05pm ET

Location: U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

TV Schedule
Local: CBS

TV Distribution

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Aaron Smith Injury: Steelers DE Out For Season With Foot Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers will once again lose veteran defensive end Aaron Smith for the majority of the season due to a foot injury, the team announced today.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals: Maurkice Pouncey Says He Will Start Against Arizona

It appears the question of whether second-year Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals has been answered by...Maurkice Pouncey. According to this Press story, Pouncey has says he will indeed start:

His left elbow heavily wrapped after practice Friday, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey says he's dealt with pain the past two days but will start Sunday at Arizona.

Pouncey, a Pro Bowler as a rookie last season, left practice early Thursday with the elbow injury. He has started all six games this season, but was forced to leave some games early with ankle and knee injuries.

This is welcome news for Pittsburgh, as they will already be without guard Doug Legursky Sunday, who also just happens to be Pouncey's backup at the center position. The Steelers will also be getting two offensive lineman back Sunday in left guard Chris Kemoeatu and rookie right tackle Marcus Gilbert.

We'll be covering this game throughout the week in this StoryStream. For more information the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out SB Nation Arizona and Revenge of the Birds.


Arizona Cardinals' Ray Horton Respects Pittsburgh Steelers Defense He Helped Craft

The Pittsburgh Steelers will see at least one familiar face on the Arizona Cardinals' sideline when the two teams square off this Sunday: Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who spent the last seven seasons prior to this one with the Steelers, most recently as their secondary coach. He was popular with the players - cornerback Troy Polamalu said, "He’s had so much to do with the success that we’ve had as a secondary" - and guided the Steelers' defensive backs to success on the field: Pittsburgh's defense ranked No. 2, No. 1, No. 12, and No. 1 in points allowed in his four seasons coaching the secondary.

Addressing the media Friday, Horton took issue with the idea that Pittsburgh's defense is too old. "I'd love to be old and No. 1 defense in league for third year in a row," he said, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Horton's success with the Steelers hasn't quite translated to the Cardinals, as they rank No. 19 in points allowed and No. 22 in net passing yards per attempt allowed. In those categories, Pittsburgh ranks No. 4 and No. 1, respectively, and they'll hope to use what Horton taught them against him on Sunday.


Troy Polamalu Fined $10,000 For In-Game Phone Use

The NFL has fined Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Troy Polamalu $10,000 for violating the league's policy regarding in-game cell phone use during Pittsburgh's 17-13 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. Polamalu left the game due to feeling concussion-like symptoms and borrowed a phone from the team's medical staff so he could call his wife to assure her of his health.

The NFL policy Polamalu violated forbids use of cell phones, PDAs, and other electronic equipment on the sidelines from 90 minutes prior to kickoff through the end of the game. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, coach Mike Tomlin said earlier this week he hoped the league would not fine his star cornerback, given the circumstances under which he made the call.

Polamalu received medical clearance to play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. He'll take the field, albeit a bit lighter in the wallet.

The fine brings Polamalu's losses this season to $25,000; the NFL docked him $15,000 for a horsecollar tackle against Ricky Williams during the Steelers' season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals: To Aid Depleted Defensive Line, Pittsburgh Promotes Corbin Bryant From Practice Squad

Due to an injury to Chris Hoke, the Pittsburgh Steelers have elected to promote Corbin Bryant from their practice squad prior to traveling West for their game against the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday, reports Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Without Hoke, the Steelers would have had just four healthy defensive linemen for Sunday's game: Cameron Heyward, Ziggy Hood, Brett Keisel, and Steve McLendon.

The Steelers signed Bryant to the practice squad as an undrafted free agent during the preseason. The Northwestern product tallied 89 tackles (51 solo), 4.5 sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles in 51 games as a Wildcat.

Having a strong defensive line is of the utmost importance against the Cardinals. As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes, pressuring quarterback Kevin Kolb is the best way to limit the effectiveness of Pro Bowl wide receiver (and former Pittsburgh Panther) Larry Fitzgerald. Hood has excelled at applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks this season, leading the team with 12 hurries, according to Bouchette.


Fantasy Football Week 7 Advice: Steelers Head West To Arizona To Take On Rested, Desperate Cardinals Squad

Who to sit? Who to start? A quick overview of your fantasy football options for the Steelers Week 7 matchup with the Cardinals.


NFL Schedule, Week 8: Times And TV Info For Steelers Vs. Cardinals And More

Here's the schedule of NFL games for Week 7. First, the Steelers vs. Cardinals matchup takes place at 4:05 PM Sunday on CBS.

Before that, the only AFC North matchup in the 1:00 time slot is a bit of a stinker between the Seahawks and Browns (FOX). FOX also has Falcons vs. Lions, Bears vs. Bucs, and Redskins vs. Panthers. On CBS, there's Chargers vs. Jets, Texans vs. Titans, and Broncos vs. Dolphins.

Joining the Steelers vs. Cardinals in the late afternoon are the Chiefs vs. the Raiders (4:05, CBS) the undefeated Packers against the Vikings (4:15, FOX), and Rams vs. Cowboys (also 4:15 on FOX).

The late game (8:20, NBC) features the Colts and the Saints.

On Monday night (8:30, ESPN), there's the Ravens vs. the Jaguars. The Steelers' rivals currently lead the AFC North with a 4-1 record.

The Patriots, Giants, Eagles, 49ers, Bengals and Bills are off this week.

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Steelers Vs. Cardinals: Maurkice Pouncey Headlines List Of Injured Players Leading Up To Week 7 Road Test

On paper, the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 7 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals seems like a very winnable game. But the Cardinals, for all their problems, are still a much more dangerous team at home than most realize. The last time Pittsburgh traveled to Phoenix was in 2007 — Mike Tomlin’s first year — and the Cardinals played well enough on both sides of the ball to win.

Can the Steelers avoid a similar fate this coming Sunday? We’ll see, but it sure would help to have Maurkice Pouncey in the lineup and healthy. And according to Scott Brown, that is not an absolute certainty. According to Brown, Pouncey ‘seemed distracted’ when talking about the elbow injury that caused him to be limited in Thursday’s practice.

Based on what we know about Pouncey, it’s a safe bet that the second-year center will play against Arizona. Hopefully, though, he’s not ailing to the point where he can’t play at his typically high level.

Also absent from Thursday’s practice were Chris Hoke (neck), Casey Hampton (shoulder), Aaron Smith (foot), Doug Legursky (toe), and James Harrison (eye). We’ll see how Hoke and Hampton progress this next 48 hours or so. Obviously it would put the Steelers in a bind if the top two nose tackles on the team are unable to play.

Pouncey did in fact practice, but he was one of four who were limited on Thursday. The others: Rashard Mendenhall (knee), Mike Wallace (hamstring), and Jason Worilds (thigh).

Stay tuned here and on Behind the Steel Curtain leading up to kickoff on Sunday for more news and analysis about the Steelers and their Week 7 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals: Mike Wallace Misses Practice, Expected To Play Against Arizona

Steelers Mike Wallace is still dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice on Wednesday, but according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette via SB Nation, the Steelers still expect Wallace to be in the lineup when they face the Arizona Cardinals this weekend.

Wallace is dealing with what the team is calling a "slight hamstring pull," which has left him a little sore. Wallace was active last week in the Steelers' win over the Jaguars, catching two passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

If that's what Wallace plays like when he is still a little bit injured, I'm sure the Steelers won't hesitate to put him on the field if there is no further risk of injury. Wallace is the best deep threat on the team and important for stretching the field. If he can go, I'm sure the Steelers will put him out there.

We'll be covering this game throughout the week in this StoryStream. For more information the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out SB Nation Arizona and Revenge of the Birds.


Week 7 NFL Lines And Odds: Steelers Vs. Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Steelers open as four-point favorites as they get ready to head out to Arizona to take on Kevin Kolb and the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers are coming off a 17-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, where they were 13 point favorites and didn't even come close to covering the spread.

Our partners over at breakdown their view of the game.

It's a rematch of Super Bowl XLV but in reality it's more about the Steelers getting ready for a playoff run and the Cardinals trying to get back on track.The Steelers opened as 3-point favorites against a Cards team that has been a reliable UNDER after their bye, going 5-1 in the past six games in that situation. But at home recently, it has been the opposite situation with Arizona playing 9 OVERs in 11 games.The Steelers have only lost three times in the past 20 games when they were favored and this spread should hold up during the week. Watch the status of injured Steelers regulars to see if this point spread moves during the week.

The over-under for the game is set at 41.5 between the Cardinals and Steelers, but I'm not so sure the teams will score that much. I'd expect the Steelers to score against just an abysmal Cardinals defense, but I don't know how much the Cardinals can score on the Steelers defense.

We'll be covering this game throughout the week in this StoryStream. For more information the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain. For more on the Cardinals, check out SB Nation Arizona and Revenge of the Birds.


Week 7 NFL Predictions And Picks: Steelers Vs. Cardinals And More

Week 7 in the NFL offers some interesting match ups and a few tempting games with some huge lines.

Early Action:

Carolina Panthers (-3) vs. Washington Redskins: John Beck is starting for the Redskins and I have absolutely no faith in him whatsoever. The Panthers offense is explosive and can score points, so I'm going to go with Cam Newton and the Panthers to edge out the Redskins.

Cleveland Browns (-3) vs. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have trouble defensively and will be start Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback. Even with Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks struggle offensively. The Browns should be able to do enough offensively with Colt McCoy to beat the Seahawks.

Detroit Lions (-3.5) vs. Atlanta Falcons: The Lions just dropped a tough one to the 49ers, and lost Jahvid Best in the process. Their trade for Ronnie Brown also fell through, so they'll be a bit thin at running back. Matthew Stafford should be able to get his, along with Calvin Johnson. The Falcons are expected to try and pound the football against the Lions defense and they should be successful at it. Falcons win.

Denver Broncos (+2) Miami Dolphins: It's the Tim Tebow Appreciation Day game in Miami. While all the hype and story will be about Tebow's first start of 2011, I don't think the Broncos will have enough on offense to beat the Dolphins. The Broncos stink at stopping the run so we'll see a heavy dose of Daniel Thomas as the Dolphins spoil Tebow's 2011 debut and pick up their first win.

San Diego Chargers (-2) @ New York Jets: The Jets played a horrible first half of offense on Monday Night against a bad Dolphins team, but they won't be able to play that poor offensively against a team like the Chargers. It's a tough east coast trip for a Chargers team who also hasn't been playing all that well. You can run on the Jets however, and I expect the Chargers to do as much and win.

Chicago Bears (-1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bears have problems protecting quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bucs have a problem of a lot of young talented defensive lineman. Even though the Bucs will be without LeGarrette Blount, as long as they don't kick to Devin Hester I think they'll have enough to win.

Houston Texans (+3) @ Tennessee Titans: A classic home 3 point line. The Titans are going to struggle on offense without Kenny Britt and will have to ride Chris Johnson, who hasn't been playing all that well. Even without Andre Johnson, Houston will take it.

Late Games:

Pittsburgh Steelers (-4) Arizona Cardinals: The line looks a bit low for this matchup, but the Steelers were 13 point favorites against the Jaguars last week and only won by four. Being on the road will effect the spread a bit, but I'd expect the Steelers to win this game rather easily.

Oakland Raiders (-4) vs. Kansas City: It looks like Carson Palmer is going to get his first start of 2011 after less than a week of practice. Even with that, the Raiders shouldn't have too much of a problem dispatching the Chiefs by just handing the ball off to Darren McFadden.

Dallas Cowboys (-13) vs. St. Louis Rams: This is a huge line I'm not sure the Cowboys will cover. I'd expect the Cowboys to win the game however, as DeMarcus Ware just might kill a hobbled Sam Bradford on the field.

Green Bay Packers (-9) @ Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are starting a rookie quarterback on an offense that's been horrible. Do I need to say more?

Sunday Night

Indianapolis Colts (+14) New Orleans Saints: This line looks like easy money, but two touchdowns is a lot even for a bad Colts team. The Saints haven't been blowing out teams like you'd expect. The Saints should win the football game, however.

Monday Night Football

Baltimore Ravens (-8) @ Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars are a team that's struggle offensively, scoring the least amount of points in the NFL. The Ravens have scored three times (literally) as many points and have arguably the best defense in the league. It could get ugly for Jacksonville and rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.


Steelers Vs. Cardinals: Chris Kemoeatu Expects To Return From Injury

Left guard Chris Kemoeatu plans to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers' lineup this Sunday when Pittsburgh visits the Arizona Cardinals. "That is the plan right now," Kemoeatu said when asked if he would play, according to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The six-year veteran has missed each of the Steelers' last two games, and three games overall this season, due to a knee injury suffered against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 18. His expected return comes as welcome news to the Steelers. Though on a two-game winning streak, injuries have depleted Pittsburgh's offensive line this season; it even had to re-sign Max Starks in early October due to injuries to Kemoeatu, Doug Legursky, and Jonathan Scott. That's on top of their losing Willie Colon for the season due to a torn right triceps, which he suffered in the season opener.

Kemoeatu's return is well-timed, as a dislocated toe is expected to sideline Legursky for Sunday's game.


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