Still Curtain’s week 14 Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals predictions
In winning unison, our group of writers list out their predictions & explanations for the Pittsburgh Steelers matchup against the 3-8-1 Arizona Cardinals.
The chance still remains. If the Pittsburgh Steelers do not take care of the easy things and minor details, the chance still remains. Although they are only favored by 2.5 points to the 3-8-1 Arizona Cardinals, this should be a week that doesn’t cause much trouble, but that could quickly change.
Of course, every week every NFL team has the opportunity to knock off their opponent, no matter what the odds are. It’s the nature of sports, in general, and the spirit of competitiveness. However, it needs to be emphasized because the key signs point to a heavily advantaged Pittsburgh team.
Steelers Are Favored Past Vegas Lines
The QB may not be more talented than the other but is sustainable for this team to win games. Also, Pittsburgh has the checkmark for OL, defense, turnover margin, & overall coaching experience/talent.
The last time these two teams met up was back in 2015, where Pitt was able to cap off a third straight victory against the Cardinals (including Super Bowl 43). Hilarious in every way, Pittsburgh actually beat the Cardinals 25-13 that night with former QBs Landry Jones & Michael Vick, that only completed a grand total of 11 passes for 176 yards. Luckily, Jones still managed to find the end zone twice on his 12 attempts, but the running efforts by former RB Le’veon Bell and Vick were the story in how they controlled that game.
Though the Cardinals won’t have a seasoned vet at QB like Carson Palmer, Pittsburgh will rally behind a backup again in Devlin Hodges, looking for their eighth win on the season. And as they prepare for said matchup, our team of writers jot their predictions down and what they expect the outcome of the game to look like.
Last week, it was noted that the split decision amongst the group will levy for a new duo of leaders on predictions for the season. Once a four-way tie at 5-4, the choice to roll with the Steelers over the Browns last week has leaped Tommy & Ryan over the rest of the group. Now with a clean Pittsburgh sweep from the Still Curtain team this week, don’t expect changes to happen just yet.
Still Curtain’s 2019 Season Records
Tommy Jaggi (6-4)
Ryan Pawlowski (6-4)
James Perry Kelly (6-2)
Edward Hunt (5-5)
Brandon Kring (5-5)
Jobe Morrison (5-5)
Christian Brown (5-5)
Chris Halling (2-0)
Jordan Newman (1-1)
Predictions & Explanations
“The Steelers opened as just a pick’em in Arizona against the Cardinals this week, but the line has since changed in Pittsburgh’s favor. Still, I worry about playing an uncommon opponent on the west coast. I think Pittsburgh will ultimately get the job done, but this could be a close one” – Tommy Jaggi (27-24, Steelers)
“The defense might find struggles with containing Murray this week but shut them down in the red zone. Establishing the run will be huge in order for the Steelers to win” – Ryan Pawlowski (23-16, Steelers)
“Steelers offense continues to build its chemistry and the defense stays solid” – J. Perry Kelly (31-16, Steelers)
“We haven’t seen the best of Devlin Hodges yet and this could be the game where he breaks out. Pittsburgh’s defense has been steady all year and should be able to contain Kyler Murray” – Edward Hunt (28-20, Steelers)
“The Steelers offense is bad but showed some life against the Browns with Duck Hodges at the helm. The Cardinals defense is not good at all and could look to provide a chance for Duck and company to gain some confidence headed into the final 3 games with two coming against the tough Bills and Ravens. The defense will have its hands full with Kyler Murray but they love facing rookie QBs and he should be no different” – Brandon Kring (28-12, Steelers)
”If the Steelers do anything less than dominate Sunday, it will give me a little concern. Granted, it’s on the west coast… but no time for excuses” – Jobe Morrison (27-0, Steelers)
“I anticipate Pittsburgh on both sides of the ball, to click instantly from the first snap. Steelers take this one” – Christian Brown (23-9, Steelers)
“Pittsburgh’s defense contains Kyler, Hodges does enough to get big win on the road for the Steelers. Pittsburgh advance to 8-5 on the year” – Chris Halling (17-7, Steelers)
”I honestly didn’t want to be left out and just going to copy the picked team of three people who have 6 wins so far on the year. So, my guess would be the Steelers, but more specifically for the reason that the Steel Curtain defense has the speed on the outside to combat this Cardinals offense. Hodges will do enough, and have the chance to do even more against a porous Arizona defense” – Jordan Newman (27-17, Steelers)