This game comes down to simple terms for me: If the Steelers don't let Beanie Wells run wild, they will beat the Cardinals.
Now, Wells is having a fine season. He's already scored six touchdowns and is averaging five yards per carry.
But he's not the style of back the Steelers have trouble with. In other words, he's going to be where the Steelers think he'll be.
Wells isn't a plodder by any means, but he's not very shifty, either. He's a big, strong power back with decent speed. He won't be cutting back against the grain ala. Ray Rice, Arian Foster and Maurice Jones-Drew because that's not his style.
And the Steelers should score some points against the Cardinals, who are in the bottom third of the league in both run and pass defense.
That's why I like Pittsburgh, 27-17
© Nose tackle Chris Hoke is doubtful to play after not practicing all week long. Hoke suffered a stinger in last Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
With Casey Hampton also out, that would leave Steve McLendon as the only nose tackle on the roster.
I expect Hoke to try to give it a go on Sunday, but the Steelers could also make a move to activate Corbin Bryant off the practice squad Saturday.