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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Double Coverage: Steelers, Cardinals still Super?

By James Walker

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  Pittsburgh and Arizona meet Thursday night in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII.

Posted by's Mike Sando

I joined AFC North blogger James Walker and Jeremy Green of Scouts Inc. for a discussion on the Steelers' and Cardinals' chances of making return trips to the Super Bowl. The two teams meet Thursday night at 8 ET on ESPN.

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James Walker and Mike Sando join Jeremy Green to discuss whether the Steelers or Cardinals have a better chance to return to the Super Bowl. Football Today

James raised questions about Ben Roethlisberger's recent play through camp amid potential distractions relating to the civil suit against him. I raised questions about the Cardinals' ability to replace what they lost when offensive coordinator Todd Haley left for the Chiefs.

Jeremy and I debated the merits of Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt's decision to replace Clancy Pendergast as defensive coordinator. And I tried to convince James to rethink perceptions of the Cardinals as a team dealing with distractions.

In the end, we agreed on one thing: The Cardinals still must prove they can win consistently, leaving the Steelers as the team more likely to make a return trip to the Super Bowl this season, even if the path through the AFC offers more resistance.