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Ben Roethlisberger threw for four touchdowns in his second straight game and is now 8-0 in his last eight home prime-time games

Why this is a bad deal for the Cardinals: Gregerson flew under the radar for years, an underrated sinker/slider sidearmer who had a 2.84 ERA from 2009 to 2016. He’s coming off his worst season, however, with a 4.57 ERA that included 13 home runs in 61 innings. His groundball rate dipped from over 60 percent the previous two seasons to 51 percent. As a guy who averages 89.5 mph with his fastball, he has to keep the ball on the ground to succeed. There could be some bad luck buried in those home run numbers, but as a 34-year-old reliever you have to worry about any down year.

On the other hand, the Cardinals do need some bullpen help. Seung Hwan Oh is a free agent and Trevor Rosenthal was released (he’ll miss most or all of 2018). Despite being a sidearmer, Gregerson hasn’t had large platoon splits throughout his career, although has been better against righties as you’d expect. His strikeout was fine in 2017, a testament that maybe his stuff was still good enough.

Roethlisberger finished with 351 yards passing, 25 rushing yards, a two-point conversion, and four touchdowns — including two to Antonio Brown, who finished with 169 yards. The final third of the “Killer B’s” trio, Le’Veon Bell had a great all-around game despite a fourth-quarter fumble. Bell tallied 95 rushing yards and hauled in 12 catches for 88 yards.

Holding a 21-14 lead in the third quarter, Packers coach Mike McCarthy elected to attempt a 57-yard field goal instead of pinning the Steelers deep with a punt. Considering the fact that the longest field goal made in Heinz Field history was a 54-yarder and the colder temperatures make it harder to kick the football, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Mason Crosby’s kick was no good as he moved to 29 of 57 from beyond 50 yards.