Car­di­nals at Steel­ers 1 p.m. ARI by 4

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Ben Roeth­lis­berger wants to play in this game, but he won’t, mean­ing that Michael Vick will have to try to keep up with the NFL’s high­est-scor­ing team. Ari­zona won’t have line­backer Alex Okafor (calf in­jury) com­ing off the edge, so it signed vet­eran pass rusher Dwight Freeney. Given the Cards’ suc­cess with old­sters, look for Freeney to get af­ter Vick with a vengeance. Peo­ple who have been wait­ing all this time for Mar­tavis Bryant to make his sea­son de­but will likely get it, but they shouldn’t ex­pect much with Roeth­lis­berger out. Still, it will be nice to see the rangy WR out there, and his deep-ball skills could be put to use right away if Pitts­burgh finds it­self in catch-up mode. In 2014, Bryant av­er­aged 21.1 yards per re­cep­tion.

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