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The Arizona Cardinals had scored a go-ahead touchdown.
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The Arizona Cardinals had scored a go-ahead touchdown.

They had the Oakland Raiders right where they wanted them after three straight incompletions forced the Raiders to punt the ball with 2:50 remaining in Sunday's game.The Cardinals took possession with Oakland having only one timeout. But two critical penalties cost them dearly Cheap Cameron Heyward Jersey , and gave the Raiders just enough time to mount a drive for the winning field goal in a 23-21 win.An unnecessary roughness penalty against Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham on second down not only cost Arizona 15 yards, it stopped the game clock. On the very next play, running back David Johnson ran 57 yards for what was sure to be the clinching score, only to have the play called back on a holding call against tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.Two plays later, the Cardinals punted. The Raiders and Carr, given the gift of one more opportunity with 1:53 to play, drove 63 yards and won as the clock expired on Daniel Carlson's 35-yard field goal.Gresham vehemently protested the call against him, to no avail."It was just a dumb play by me," Gresham, a nine-year veteran, said after the game. "I turned around and saw my guy on the ground. We're not coached to that. We're not taught that. They didn't bring me in here to do that, and it was stupid. I cost us the game."Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said Gresham told him a Raiders player was "doing something at the bottom of the pile.""Regardless of the situation, we can't be enticed like that," Wilks said.Wilks also labeled unacceptable the long completion from Carr to rookie Marcell Ateman with cornerback Bene Benwikere in coverage 32 yards down the sideline to set up Carlson's winner.The Cardinals led 14-7 in the first half, but trailed 20-14 on the second of two Carlson field goals in the third quarter. Arizona's defense couldn't get off the field, as the Raiders chewed up 7 minutes, 39 seconds of clock time leading up to Carlson's 21-yard kick.The Cardinals took advantage of the Raiders' decision not to go for a first down on a fourth-and-1 at the Arizona 38 with 7:48. Johnson Cheap Sean Davis Jersey , who later had a key drop, set up the go-ahead touchdown with a 53-yard run.In a game the two-win Cardinals had to figure was winnable against the previously one-win Raiders, Arizona had victory in its grasp despite two turnovers. But the Cardinals self-destructed in the final minutes.Afterward, there were questions about who was most at fault for such a difficult loss. Wilks, hired in January and 2-8 in a tumultuous first season in Arizona, was asked how comfortable he is with his job status."I'm just worried about trying to win a football game," he said. "I have so many other things to worry about right now, I'm not concerned with that right now." It goes without saying that the Ravens, losers of two straight games, will be extremely angry this Sunday when they take on the Steelers in a very important Week 9 match-up at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.Will that anger help end Baltimore’s two-game slide? If you’re a Steelers’ fan, you may think it will, and why? Because that’s how it works when your team goes up against their team. The Ravens are tough, well-coached, and they just have the Steelers’ number. Fair enough. But can’t you say the same thing about Pittsburgh in relation to playing the Ravens? This AFC North rivalry isn’t one of the closest and most hotly-contested in recent NFL history for nothing.[Image: nike_steelers_757.jpg]
These teams are like mirrors of one another, and while that can often culminate in three-point contests, it can also mean other things. I think those other things will rear their ugly heads this weekend in Baltimore—at the Ravens’ expense. When these two teams met at Heinz Field on September 30, they were in different places. Winners of two of their first three games Cheap Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , the Ravens arrived in Pittsburgh looking confident, poised and pretty buttoned-up as far as their operation was concerned. The Steelers, on the other hand, were coming off of their first win of the season six days earlier—an exciting, but uneven 30-27 victory at Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football. Speaking of uneven, that described Pittsburgh’s performance in all three phases over the first three weeks.Maybe that’s why the result was a 26-14 road win for Baltimore in a game that really wasn’t even that close. The Ravens’ defense put the clamps on Pittsburgh’s offense for three of the four quarters of game-action—including not allowing Ben Roethlisberger and Co. to cross midfield the entire second half. As for Joe Flacco and his crew, they methodically marched up and down the field on Pittsburgh’s defense for the better part of four quarters—Baltimore possessed the football for over 22 minutes in the second half, alone. But a lot can happen in a month.The Steelers have spent the past three games getting their swagger back with impressive victories over the Falcons, Bengals and Browns, respectively. Pittsburgh has found its offensive stride, averaging over 33 points per game. As for the defense, while it will never be a unit fans fully trust—at least not in the near future—it has shown great improvement over the past month, allowing just under 19 points per game in the three wins. The Ravens, meanwhile, come into this Sunday’s game reeling after those two losses. The first loss, 24-23 to the Saints on October 14, came at home and was the result of a missed extra point by Justin Tucker in the final seconds. Tucker has been about as automatic and deadly as any kicker in history during his NFL career; for him to cost Baltimore a game on David DeCastro Jersey , of all things, an extra point, well, that could send the entire team into a huge funk. And funky is what Baltimore smelled like last week during a 36-21 road loss to a very good Panthers squad.Speaking of good squads, other than the Steelers, Baltimore hasn’t really beaten any so far this season (and it’s very debatable as to whether Pittsburgh was a good squad the night of September 30, 2018). Right now, the Steelers are performing at a level many thought they would before the season—that of a championship contender. Baltimore, on the other hand, is playing like a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2014. This is just a guess, but the Steelers were probably a pretty upset crew on September 30. Yet, it didn’t seem to help their performance. The Ravens may be one angry bunch right now. Unfortunately for them, the Steelers are a better bunch.Therefore, don’t be surprised if the Steelers do to the Ravens this Sunday what the Ravens did to the Steelers just a few Sundays ago. Custom Dallas Cowboys Jerseys
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