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Curt Popejoy

5 big takeaways from the Steelers loss to the Cardinals

Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals is a season low for the Pittsburgh Steelers in terms of play. This was an ugly loss that ranks in the top five of worst losses we’ve seen during the tenure of head coach Mike Tomlin. Here are our big takeaways from the game.

Who to blame for football this sloppy?

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Much of the problem with the Steelers on Sunday was a massive amount of unforced errors. Communication problems, penalties, sloppy play and inconsistent effort. Who do you blame for this? Is it the coach’s responsibility to motivate these guys to focus and play cleaner football?

The injuries were too much

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In one game the Steelers lost Kenny Pickett, Isaac Seumalo, Elandon Roberts and T.J. Watt. Depth was already an issue for the Steelers at spots like inside linebacker and guard so these injuries just magnified those problems.

Diontae Johnson hasn't learned a thing

Dec 3, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johgnson (18) celebrates a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, Diontae Johnson showed a real lack of maturity. This Sunday he did it again when he decided to celebrate a late touchdown that meant nothing in a blowout loss.

Who are the real Pittsburgh Steelers?

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At 7-5, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a team of two personalities. Their season has been a mix of close wins and blowout losses. Nothing in between. Which are the real Steelers?

What to do with Kenny Pickett?

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This is the fourth time in just 25 NFL games that Kenny Pickett has had to leave the game due to injury. We can sit here and wonder if Pickett has the talent to be the Steelers franchise quarterback but just as fair a question is if he has the durability.

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