As the Pittsburgh Steelers head to Arizona for their contest against the Cardinals, fans in the Steel City have used a few common labels to describe the upcoming affair.
Some call it the season's "most important contest" or a "cornerstone game." Others view the upcoming desert duel against the 1-4 Cardinals as a "trap game" against an opponent having familiarity with Pittsburgh and weapons capable of making plays on any down.
The red birds will certainly be enthused to succeed. After all, who could blame Ken Whisenhunt for invigorating his players particularly for this contest? Looking across the field and seeing his formerly discontented quarterback beside the man wearing the headset he once coveted, it is human nature for the head coach to view the Pittsburgh game based on his own vexation.
In his first shot at Pittsburgh in 2007, the Steelers took an early lead against the Cardinals on a deep touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes, but they ultimately lost by a touchdown in the inaugural Whisenhunt "revenge game."
Everybody remembers how the rematch turned out. For those who choose to focus on this storyline, Sunday marks the rubber match.
The Steelers need to take the field on Sunday with swagger and confidence...but moreover, determination and focus!
If the Men of Steel play like champions, their second trip to University of Phoenix Stadium should be more fruitful than their 2007 upset loss. Despite their record, the Cardinals cannot be taken lightly.
After all, barring a couple of plays, this weekend's westward migration could have easily been against a 3-2 Cardinals squad.
Still, momentum is a very real factor in games, and this favors Pittsburgh. The Steelers enter this weekend's game with a two-win streak intact, while Arizona enter the contest off of a disastrous meltdown against the Giants and a Metrodome meltdown that looked like sheer emasculation.
Will both teams' confidence levels reflect their recent results? Or, will the final outcome mark a certainty about the 2011 Nobody Figured League season- that you just never know who is going to win?
With heavyweight opponents awaiting the Steelers in the coming weeks, fans are justified in describing this Sunday's contest as pivotal. Whether a potential trap or a mere measuring stick for things to come, here are 10 things Steelers fans should watch for against the Arizona Cardinals.