Today's 21-14 loss to the Buzzsaw was a fine reminder of all the ways the Steelers blew games last year: Roethlisberger throwing a mind-blowingly stupid pick into triple coverage in the endzone, Willie fumbling, Willie being unable to run on the road, the Steelers not having a viable goal line back, penalties, poor tackling on special teams and a host of other miscues.
That being said, the Steelers kept it close in a game in which they were missing arguably their two best players while on the road playing a scrappy team. They were unequivocably screwed on a call on 4th and 1 on Arizona's final touchdown drive, where Leinart was at least a half yard shy of the marker and the officials gave the Cards perhaps the most generous spot of the year. Tomlin really should have challenged the spot, but after losing the first challenge (again, how, I don't know - exactly what "football move" Urban made in the endzone before getting stripped?) he probably wasn't inclined to lose another time out.
That being said, the Steelers deserved to lose this game. They played completely flat. Most of the receivers couldn't get open. The Cardinals are to be credited with a great job of stuffing the run and giving Leinart and Warner time to throw. If they can get consistent play from the quarterback position, they'll be a force in the NFC.
If there's a good thing to take away from today, and there's not much, it's that Santonio Holmes appears to be coming into his own and will be a fine tandem with Ward when he returns. We can also be thankful that the Ravens and the Bengals are godawful and can't beat the Cleveland Browns. That being said, the Steelers must rebound and beat Seattle at home next week going into the bye.
Pour House regulars: Thanks for coming out. There'll be "Property of D.C. Steeler Nation" shirts next week for club members. The rest of you: I know it was a nice day. I know the game was televised on CBS in D.C., but turnout at the Pour House was pretty damn terrible. Last week, against the 49ers, nearly all three floors were mobbed and today the main floor was the only one occupied and that was even only half full. Losing feels shitty enough, but it's nice to have someone to commiserate with.