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Old 09-29-2007, 04:01 AM   #1
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Default Cardinals challenge Steelers' run-stopping streak

Cardinals challenge Steelers' run-stopping streak
By Mike Prisuta
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Saturday, September 29, 2007


TEMPE, Ariz -- Russ Grimm claimed to have no prior knowledge of the Steelers' 28-game streak of holding running backs under 100 yards, or the Cardinals' Edgerrin James being the last back to reach triple digits against Pittsburgh.
James carried 29 times for 124 yards Nov. 28, 2005 for the Indianapolis Colts.

"Oh, really?" deadpanned Grimm, the Cardinals' assistant head coach and offensive line coach. "Didn't know that. That's interesting. Best of luck."

James has been rejuvenated this season, his second in Arizona.

After averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per attempt in 2006, James is netting 4.6 yards per pop this time around.
Only five running backs have gained more yards than James' 277, and just eight have more carries than his 60.

The Steelers rank No. 7 in the NFL in rushing defense and No. 2 overall.

"Against these guys, it's hard to run the football," Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "You know that going in. Hopefully, you can mix the run and the pass and get them a little off guard and maybe you have a chance to do that."

James declined to be interviewed for this story.

Whisenhunt, who spent three of the last six years coaching Steelers tight ends and the other three coordinating the offense, was more than happy to elaborate.

"The biggest thing, I think, is that they've been together for a long time," Whisenhunt said. "A number of these guys have played in that scheme, and that scheme, in the six years that I was there, didn't change. So when you're talking about playing techniques, understanding how you two-gap and you play off of a block to stop the run and how you fill in their blitzes, they've been doing it, they've had a number of reps at it, they're very comfortable with it.

"They're very disciplined, very good at playing the techniques of their defense, which makes it tough to run the football against them."

The Cardinals will counter with James, the NFL's active leader and the league's No. 16 all-time rusher with 10,662 yards, running behind a revamped offensive line that has been tweaked again early this season due to injury.

In 2006, the Cardinals started six different units, settling on the combination of Reggie Wells (right tackle and a product of South Park High School and Clarion University), Deuce Lutui (right guard), Nick Leckey (center), Milford Brown (left guard) and Leonard Davis (left tackle) over the final eight games.

This year, Arizona opened with No. 1 pick Levi Brown (Penn State) at right tackle, Lutui at right guard, free-agent acquisition Al Johnson at center, Wells at left guard and free-agent signee Mike Gandy at left tackle.

The Cardinals lost Johnson to a knee injury in their opener at San Francisco, forcing rookie-free agent Lyle Sendlein into the lineup.

Sunday against Baltimore, Brown was lost to an ankle injury and replaced by third-year pro Elton Brown, who hadn't played tackle since high school.

Johnson practiced Friday and "looked good," according to Whisenhunt.

Levi Brown participated in only a portion of the Cardinals' workout and is listed as doubtful.

One way or another, Arizona will line up five linemen and try to continue improving a running game that ranked 32nd in 2005 and 30th in 2006.

The Cardinals host the Steelers ranked 14th in rushing and 11th in total offense.

"We're gonna try to run the ball, but it is a challenge," Whisenhunt said
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Old 09-29-2007, 04:04 AM   #2
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It will be difficult for james to find running room the cardinals offensive line is already banged up.
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Old 09-29-2007, 05:38 AM   #3
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Sorry Whiz.. but I dont see the running game hurting us at all myself. James is a good back and all but that O Line is banged up and that isnt good for the QB .. no matter who it is when Lebeau see's that and you know he does... its gonna be a long day for the Cards...
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This is turning out to be quite the novela. Hahaha...
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Can't see James getting over 100 on us this year. He went over 100 on us in that game when he was playing for the Colts because there oline was really good. AZ's oline, not so much
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So they have a guard playing right tackle???

Aaron Smith and Haggans are going to have a field day :)
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Why should Edge be able to get 100 yards on use when better backs with better o-lines have failed?
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Default Re: Cardinals challenge Steelers' run-stopping streak

Treaditionally we have more trouble against VERY GOOD backs that have the benefit of an offense with a VERY GOOD passing game.
The unknown factor in this matchup is how much improved the Cardinals O-line has become.
...and lets not forget....The Edge had Peyton to Harrison & Wayne the last time he was able to top 100 yards against us....and Leinhart isnt Manning.
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