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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick & Prediction NOV 8TH 2020

FinishedTV: CBSAT&T Stadium Arlington

469Pittsburgh Steelers
470Dallas Cowboys

OP
42
-3
CU
41.5o -105
15 -130
ML
-1050
675
Partials
1 2 3 4
0 9 0 15
3 10 6 0
Score
24
19
Recap

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It's a tale of two quarterbacks Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The question is, which two?

 

For Pittsburgh (7-0), the answer is ironclad. Veteran Ben Roethlisberger will be trying to guide the Steelers, the last remaining unbeaten team, to an 8-0 start for the first time in franchise history.

 

For Dallas (2-6), it will come down to a decision between Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush to step in for Andy Dalton, and not rookie Ben DiNucci, a Pittsburgh native who made his first start last week.

 

DiNucci struggled in a 23-9 loss to Philadelphia, completing 21 of 40 pases for 180 yards with two lost fumbles.

 

Dalton this week was transferred from concussion protocol to the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was elevated last month after franchise quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending broken ankle.

 

DiNucci doesn't have the backing of his coach, at least not yet, not against the NFL's fifth-ranked defense.

 

"I'm excited about his future," Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, a fellow Pittsburgh native, said. "He has unique talent and he's a talented young man. But he's raw. With the opponent we're playing, we need some more experience at the (quarterback) position."

 

McCarthy said the practice performance of Gilbert and Rush will determine who will start. Running back Ezekiel Elliott said the two split first-team duties at practice Wednesday.

 

"Whoever goes out there and plays for us Sunday, we're going to rally behind them. We're going to try to win a football game," said Elliott, who was limited Wednesday because of a hamstring issue but is expected to play Sunday.

 

Rush, a former Dallas third-stringer, began the season on the New York Giants' practice squad. In his career, he is 1 of 3 passing for 2 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

 

Gilbert, who started the season on the Cleveland practice squad, has a career line of 2 of 6 for 40 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

 

Either of those stat lines could be numbers from one middling possession for Roethlisberger, a future Hall of Famer who has bounced back strongly from season-ending elbow surgery in 2019.

 

He has completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 232.6 yards a game, with 15 touchdowns against four picks. He will be facing a Cowboys club giving up an average of 384.9 yards and 33.3 points a game.

 

There was a wrinkle in the Steelers' preparation after Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey, who played against Pittsburgh last week, tweeted a day after the game that he tested positive for COVID-19.

 

"Things got pushed back an hour," Roethlisberger said of Wednesday's schedule. "We met in the indoor facility, so it was really spread out. That is where some of the meetings are going to have to be. We were told we can't do individual meetings in person, so those will be virtual."

 

The Steelers hope to have All-Pro defensive tackle Cam Heyward (quad) available after he got hurt late in the game against Baltimore. "Leg's fine, getting better every day," he said.

 

Pittsburgh defensive lineman Tyson Alualu (knee) and guard Stefan Wisniewski (pectoral) did not practice Wednesday. Wisniewski was activated from the reserve/injured list.

 

For Dallas, Hunter Niswander will be the new punter after it was determined this week that Chris Jones will need abdominal surgery.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led a six-play, 79-yard drive capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron with 2:19 left Sunday as the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers eked out a 24-19 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, to remain unbeaten.

The winning drive was keyed by Diontae Johnson's 42-yard catch. Ebron leaped over Saivion Smith and into the end zone.

Pittsburgh, down 13 points in the first half and 10 points entering the fourth quarter, is 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Roethlisberger, who tweaked his left knee late in the first half but finished, was 29 of 42 for 306 yards, and also had touchdown passes to James Washington and Juju Smith-Schuster.

For Dallas (2-7), Garrett Gilbert, in his first career start because of injuries to Andy Dalton and Dak Prescott, was 21 of 38 for 238 yards with a scoring pass to CeeDee Lamb. Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals

On its first possession, Dallas took a 3-0 lead on Zuerlein's 38-yarder.

In the second quarter, on their 25th series since their most recent touchdown, the Cowboys drove 65 yards and made it 10-0 as Gilbert rolled right and hooked up with Lamb in the end zone from 20 yards.

After holding Pittsburgh to 3-and-out, Cedrick Wilson tossed a long lateral to C.J. Goodwin on the ensuing punt, and Goodwin ran 83 yards down the left sideline, but a block in the back at the Steelers' 21 meant the Cowboys started at the 31. Dallas only advanced a yard, setting up Zuerlein's 44-yard field goal for a 13-0 lead.

With 1:31 left in the half, Neville Gallimore hit Roethlisberger, who came up limping but, three plays later, he threw 17 yards to James Washington in the back of the end zone. Chris Boswell missed the extra point, leaving it 13-6.

Roethlisberger retreated to the locker room, pressing backup Mason Rudolph into action for four plays, ending with Boswell's franchise-record 59-yard field goal to make it 13-9 at halftime.

Zuerlein hit field goals of 45 and 39 in the third quarter to boost the lead to 19-9.

The first play of the fourth quarter was a 31-yard scoring pass from Roethlisberger to Smith-Schuster. Dallas blocked Boswell's extra point attempt, and it was 19-15.

Boswell's 43-yarder closed it to 19-18.

--Field Level Media