Silver linings: Cardinals vs. Steelers

October, 24, 2011
The facts: The Arizona Cardinals fell to 1-5 following a 32-20 home defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • The Cardinals held the Steelers to 3.3 yards per rushing attempt. They allowed no rushing touchdowns, down from four a week earlier.
  • Arizona scored touchdowns on both red zone possessions.
  • Kevin Kolb tossed two touchdown passes, matching the season-high totals he posted in each of the Cardinals' first two games this season. He did not fumble, a first this season, and his NFL passer rating (86.9) was his highest since Week 2.
  • The Cardinals allowed only two sacks, their lowest total in a game since Week 1.
  • Arizona did not fumble.
  • LaRod Stephens-Howling's 73-yard scoring reception gave the Cardinals at least seven points in five of six third quarters this season.
  • Rookie Sam Acho collected his first NFL sack. Second-year outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield had a quarterback hit. Clark Haggans also had a sack, plus two tackles for loss.
  • Strong safety Adrian Wilson had two passes defensed and seemed to play with more aggressiveness. He is no longer playing with a wrap on his injured right biceps.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals visit the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8.



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