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Steelers stay in shock

November 09, 2003|by ALAN ROBINSON

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers must feel as though someone is playing a cruel joke on them.

Halfway through their season, right when they expected to have the super-soft AFC North wrapped up, the Steelers (2-6) inexplicably find themselves in last place going into today's game against Arizona.

Behind the Ravens (5-3). Behind the Browns (3-5). Behind even - could it be? - the Cincinnati Bengals (3-5).

A team that returned virtually intact after winning 25 games the previous two seasons is running out of words to explain how so much could go so wrong so quickly. As offensive lineman Alan Faneca said, "Two-and-six? You'd expected it to be the other way around."

Now, a season that has brought unpleasant surprise upon unpleasant surprise provides another unexpected twist. The Cardinals (3-5), long the NFC's version of the can't-do-anything-right Bengals, arrive in town with a two-game winning streak and a newfound, Steelers-like tough guy persona.

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They also have a better record than the Steelers, and who would have thought that back in August?

With the undrafted Marcel Shipp running for 306 yards and four touchdowns the last two weeks, Arizona suddenly has new life in a season that began like so many other dreadful Cardinals seasons. Shipp will try to become the first Cardinals running back to run for 100 yards in three straight games since Stump Mitchell in 1987.

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