Ben Roethlisberger started, played well and took a hit, but the Steelers lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 21-13, in the preseason opener. Roethlisberger completed three of four passes in his only series of the game.
's longest pass was an 11-yarder to Verron Haynes
. Roethlisberger also took a sack from end Bertrand Berry after driving the Pittsburgh Steelers
to the Arizona 26 and came out of it fine. Jeff Reed
then missed a 54-yard field goal attempt.
The Cardinals used their first-team through most of the first half. Kurt Warner threw two touchdown passes to stake the Cardinals to a 14-6 lead. Warner was nine for 13 for 118 yards.
The Steelers, with a 48-yard field goal from Reed and a 24-yard field goal from Mark Brubaker, trailed by 21-6 before Omar Jacobs lofted a pass in the corner of the end zone for a one-yard touchdown catch by tight end Isaac Smolko. An onsides kick attempt failed and the Cardinals ran out the clock.
Rookie third-round pick Anthony Smith was the star of the Steelers' defense with two interceptions of John Navarre.
Rookies Santonio Holmes and Willie Reid led the Steelers with four receptions apiece.