GAME PLAN: The Cardinals should know how to play the Steelers. The teams run basically the same offensive and defensive schemes, although the Steelers do it much better. The Cardinals need to get QB Kevin Kolb in a groove early, so look for them to run some simple, shorter passes to start the game. The Cardinals had success against the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII by spreading the field with receivers and letting the quarterback go to work. That quarterback was Kurt Warner, however.
Defensively, the Cardinals need to be disciplined in their run fits. They can't afford to let Rashard Mendenhall have a three consecutive big game. That will mean getting some productive play out of their nose tackles, Dan Williams and David Carter, as well as inside linebackers Daryl Washington and Paris Lenon.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Cardinals LT Levi Brown vs. Steelers ROLB Lawrence Timmons -- Brown has struggled throughout the season, and the Steelers do a great job of finding mismatches in pass protection.
Cardinals NTs Dan Williams and David Carter vs. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey -- Williams has improved since the start of the season, and Carter has been explosive in limited time. The Cardinals need to contain RB Rashard Mendenhall and it starts in the middle.
Steelers WR Mike Wallace vs. CBs A.J. Jefferson and Patrick Peterson -- Wallace averages 18.5 yards a catch, so he's a deep threat. And Peterson in particular has not played the deep ball well. It's time for the Cardinals' two young cornerbacks to grow up.
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