In three starts away from the friendly confines, the Steelers have not fared particularly well.
They did just enough to get by winless Indianapolis but were blasted in Baltimore and handed a 17-10 loss in Houston.
Sunday's road test at 1-4 Arizona appears a favorable matchup for Mike Tomlin's club which likely will need a 60-minute effort against a fired-up Cardinals' combine.
The Black & Gold are capable of losing this one and may well do so should their defense not record a takeaway or two. How Pittsburgh's O-line responds will be an additional telling factor.
On the lakefront, the Browns square off with NFC West opponent Seattle in a meeting of 2-3 teams.
Cleveland's two wins (Miami, Indianapolis) are against teams with a combined 0-11 record.
Considering the Browns must make a return trip to the west coast (San Francisco) then head to Houston, you may suggest Sunday is of the must-win variety.
Cincinnati enters its bye week an unexpected 4-2 and having just bid adios to disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer. The Bengals were clear winners in that deal.
This column, meanwhile, compiled a rare 10-3 ledger last week with the Browns, Cowboys and Lions failing to turn the trick. Onward:
CHICAGO VS. TAMPA BAY (AT LONDON). If I'm an American tourist in the UK this weekend, I'm passing on this bloody battle and hanging out, instead, in Trafalgar Square. Otherwise, a rather key game versus two pseudo contenders. Bears, 27-21.
SAN DIEGO AT NEW YORK JETS. Chargers' bye week won't amount to much facing New York team starting to hit its stride. Jets, 26-17.
WASHINGTON AT CAROLINA. Change at quarterback for 'Skins comes at a bad time against Carolina club which appears far better than its 1-5 ledger might suggest. Panthers, 31-17.
DENVER AT MIAMI. Expect the beaches to be packed on an 80-degree afternoon in south Florida. Only the strong survive in this titanic struggle vs. teams a combined 1-9. Broncos, 23-16.
SEATTLE AT CLEVELAND. A home field loss here sends Pat Shumur's ball club spiraling to the depths of the AFC North Division. Give them a couple more weeks, anyway. Browns, 20-14.
ATLANTA AT DETROIT. It'll be interesting to see how men of Motown respond to first loss last weekend. Atlanta, at 3-3, is beginning to resemble a team of underachievers, thus this is a statement game. Falcons, 28-24.
HOUSTON AT TENNESSEE. An AFC South showdown with Titans coming off bye week and Texans threatening to watch their season come unglued. Game of the day. Texans, 31-28.
PITTSBURGH AT ARIZONA. Black & Gold's track record on the road should make for a much closer result than needed. Cards go down fighting. Steelers, 21-20.
KANSAS CITY AT OAKLAND. Chiefs have rebounded nicely following horrendous start. These AFC West matchups are generally highly-competitive. Raiders, 21-17.
GREEN BAY AT MINNESOTA. There's no reason to imagine Minny Ha-Ha with a chance against unbeaten Pack, particularly coming off short week and blowout loss at Chicago. Thus, a drug test could be in order. Upset Special. Vikings, 34-27.
ST. LOUIS AT DALLAS. Surely, Tony Romo and company can't find a way to lose this one. Pretty good chance Rams are taking back seat to baseball Cardinals this weekend. Cowboys, 35-20.
INDIANAPOLIS AT NEW ORLEANS. How good would that Drew Brees-Peyton Manning Super Bowl rematch have been? Best viewing for this dud is at Pat O'Briens Pub in the French Quarter. Saints, 27-13.
BALTIMORE AT JACKSONVILLE. And, the ideal location to view this potential debacle is at one of our favorite hangouts - Hooter's on Jacksonville Landing. By the second quarter, Jags' fans won't care anymore. Ravens, 23-10.
LAST WEEK: 10-3. SEASON: 53-37. UPSET SPECIALS: 1-5.
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