Arizona (4-1) at Pittsburgh (3-2)
When: Sunday, October 18th 2015
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 1:00 ET
TV: FOX Radio: XM 82
Michael Vick and the Pittsburgh Steelers look to make it two wins in a row when they play host to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Steelers came alive in the 4th quarter in San Diego on Monday night to beat the Chargers on Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown as time expired. Bell now has 302 yards rushing in three games since coming back from his two game suspension to start the year. He’s averaging 156.8 yards from scrimmage in his last nine games overall. Vick is getting a handle on the offense but has not been connecting with wide receiver Antonio Brown, who recorded 50 yards or more in 35 straight games with Roethlisberger but has failed to reach that mark in two games with Vick under center. Overall, Vick is completing 63.8% of his passes with two touchdowns and an interception. His QB rating is 85.8. The Steelers defense is ranked 8th in the NFL in points allowed with 19 a game.
The Cardinals look to make it two wins in a row also after bouncing back from its first loss in Week 4 by going into Detroit and putting a 42-17 beating on the Lions last week. The Cardinals’ 190 points and plus-100 point differential are the best in the NFL. The resurgence of Carson Palmer continues as he’s thrown 13 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions this year and has a QB rating of 114.0. Arizona leads the NFC West by two full games over Seattle and St. Louis, but have to play AFC North teams for the next three weeks starting today. Chris Johnson, who ran for a career-low 663 yards with the New York Jets last season, is quickly becoming Arizona’s No. 1 running back and is up to 405 yards through five games this season. Arizona S Tyron Mathieu (heel bruise) sat out practice on Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday. The defense is also in the top 5 in points allowed surrendering only 18 a game.
Pittsburgh is starting to put it together on offense right now and their defense is playing better. Arizona could be a legitimate Super Bowl contender, but the pressure is starting to mount as the expectations grow. The teams that they have played this year are a combined 7-19. This will be the best team they’ve played to date. I like the Steelers to cover here in a close game.
Pick: Steelers +4