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Cardinals vs. Steelers preview: Stats, history, connections and possible achievements

Yet another Cards/Steelers preview

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Yes it is still gameday for the Arizona Cardinals. They play an early East Coast game on the road against the 3-2 Pittsburgh Steelers. Let's look at the two teams and how they matchup statistically, historically and the connections they have.

The stats:

Offensively, the Cardinals are at the top of the NFL, averaging 38 points a game. Pittsburgh is 11th, averaging 24. Arizona has scored 10 more touchdowns than the Steelers. However, in yards, Arizona is sixth in the league, averaging 393 yards per contest, while the Steelers are 13th with almost 358. Arizona rushes for almost 135 yards per game, while Pittsburgh rushes for just over 120. Arizona has given up seven sacks in five games. The Steelers have given up 15. Arizona has not missed a field goal. Pittsburgh has missed four.

Defensively, Arizona is fifth in scoring defense, giving up only 18 points per game. The Steelers are seveth, allowing only 19. Arizona is ninth in yards allowed, giving up under 333. Pittsburgh is 18th, allowing 358.

Arizona is +6 on the year for turnovers. The Steelers are +3.

The history:

In the regular season, the Steelers hold a 32-23-3 advantage over the Cardinals. They are 21-9-1 at home. They met for the first time in 1933 and the Steelers won 14-13. The Cardinals have not won in Pittsburgh since 1969. They last played in 2011. The Steelers beat the Cardinals at Heinz Field 32-20.

Of course, the game we remember most is Super Bowl 43. The Steelers won that one and many Cardinals fans still aren't over it.

The connections:

There are many coaching connections. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, assistant head coach Tom Moore, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, special teams coordinator Amos Jones and offensive line coach Larry Zierlein all were coaches in Pittsburgh at one point or another.

Coaches Larry Foote and Brentson Buckner played for the Steelers.

OLB LaMarr Woodley played 11 seasons as a Steeler. Punter Drew Butler was the Steelers' punter in 2012. DE Josh Mauro was a practice squad player for the Steelers in 2014 before he signed with the Cardinals. Lastly, center A.Q. Shipley was drafted by the Steelers in 2009 and spent that season on the practice squad.

Among the Steelers coaches, offensive coordinator Todd Haley held the same position in Arizona in 2007 and 2008. OLB coach Joey Porter played two seasons for Arizona.

Only one player is a former Cardinal. Cornerback William Gay was a starter in 2012 for the Cardinals. He played for the Steelers before joining the Cardinals and rejoined Pittsburgh after he was released.

Possible achievements:

If the Cardinals win, they will improve to 20-4 against everyone outside their own division since Bruce Arians became head coach.

If they rush for 110 yards or more, it would be the first time since 1984 and only the fifth time since 1940 they will have done that for the first six games of the season. Arizona rushed as a team for 100 yard or more in a game only six times all last season.

With eight receptions, Larry Fitzgerald will move into 14th place all-time for receptions in a career. With 86 receiving yards, he would move into 18th place in that category. He would pass two Hall of Famers -- Andre Reed and Art Monk, respectively.

With one touchdown pass, Carson Palmer will set a team record for TD passes through six games.

Calais Campbell needs two sacks to move into fifth place on the franchise list for sacks in a career.

If Dwight Freeney gets a sack, he would move into 20th place all-time for sacks in a career.