Make it five straight losses for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals fell behind early and could never quite catch up in a 32-20 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.
Arizona’s Kevin Kolb had another uneven performance at quarterback, although he insists things are getting better as the team faces a rough part of the schedule that has the Cards playing four of their next five on the road, beginning at Baltimore next Sunday.
The Cardinals have lost 10 road games in a row dating to last season’s opener at St. Louis.
“We are moving in the right direction. We believe, in the future, we are going to be something special,” Kolb said. “That future can be one week, that future can be one year. Whatever it is, we feel like we have a lot of key components here to do some special things.”
That optimism may be warranted, but it didn’t jibe with much of what was on display against the Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns, including a 95-yarder to Mike Wallace, the longest pass play in Steelers history.
“You know he can run by you,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said, “but he still finds a way to do it.”
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt had studied tape of Wallace outracing one defender after another.
“We knew that was coming,” he said. “We did everything we could to prevent that.”
To no avail.
“You put it out there for a guy like that and you start smiling,” Roethlisberger said, “because you know he is not going to get caught.”
Roethlisberger, 26 of 39 for 361 yards, also had TD passes of 12 yards to Heath Miller and 4 yards to Emmanuel Sanders in the first game between the teams since Pittsburgh’s 27-23 thriller over the Cardinals in the 2009 Super Bowl.
Kolb threw a pair of touchdown passes for Arizona (1-5), his first in three games, but missed several open receivers and, with a blitzing LaMarr Woodley in his face, drew an intentional grounding call in the Cardinals’ end zone for a safety.
“When you lose five in a row, it’s tough,” Whisenhunt said. “Everybody wants to point to one thing but we have had chances to make plays to change games, and we are not getting that done. Whether it’s a missed tackle, a missed assignment, a lot of things are going on, but we did fight. We did have a chance in the second half.”