The Pittsburgh Steelers started December off with a divisional win over the Cleveland Browns at home and now they’ll start preparing to take their 7-5 record on the road next Sunday to play the 3-8-1 Arizona Cardinals. While it is a road game for the Steelers they did open Monday as 1.5-point consensus favorites over the Cardinals and that line has since moved to them now being favored by 2.5-points at the time of this post.
The Cardinals will enter their Sunday home game against the Steelers having lost their last five games. Their latest Cardinals loss happened at home Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams as they were beaten 34-7.
In that loss, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray completed 19 of his 34 total pass attempts for 163 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. For the season, Murray has completed 63.9% of all pass attempts for 2,866 yards with 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. The rookie quarterback and first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft has been sacked 41 times this season.
The Cardinals leading pass catcher entering Week 14 is wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has caught 61 passes for 649 yards and three touchdowns to date. Murray is the team’s leading rusher as he’s rushed for 446 yards and four touchdowns on 71 total carries.
Defensively for the Cardinals, linebacker Jordan Hicks leads the team in total tackles with 116. He also leads the team in interceptions with three. Defensive end Chandler Jones leads the Cardinals in sacks with 13 entering Week 14 and he also leads the defense in quarterback hits with 17.
The Steelers and Cardinals have met each other 60 times (including 1 postseason game, Super Bowl XLIII), with Pittsburgh winning 34 games The two teams have also tied three times. The Cardinals last beat the Steelers in 2007, which was the first season in Pittsburgh for head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin is now 3-1 against the cardinals all-time and the Steelers last beat Arizona in Pittsburgh in 2015.