On November 13th, the Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Dallas Cowboys in a game that features many intriguing storylines. Chief among them is the possibility that both teams could be featuring their backup quarterbacks. What should fans know about this matchup, and what are the odds that the Steelers pull out a victory?
Tony Romo Could Make His Season Debut
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said that he can’t rule out the possibility of Tony Romo making his season debut against Pittsburgh, though he is not expected to be active. Romo has been out since injuring his back in preseason play against Seattle. In his absence, rookie Dak Prescott has led the team to a 7-1 record and the top seed in the NFC.
Will Ben Roethlisberger Start for Pittsburgh?
The man that they call Big Ben didn’t look right against the Ravens last week. Seeing as how he was supposed to be out up to six weeks, he may have rushed his return just 20 days after the injury happened. While this is a big game for the 4-4 Steelers, they could probably lose this game and still be in good shape as it relates to making a run to an AFC North crown.
Can the Steelers Bounce Back on Offense?
Regardless of who starts for Pittsburgh, the entire offense needs to get back on track, as it has shown it is one of the league’s best units. Injuries to the offensive line have made it harder for Le’Veon Bell to be the dominant rusher that he is used to being. He only rushed for 32 yards on 14carries against Baltimore, and Sammie Coates was once again held in check as he failed to catch a single pass. Even Antonio Brown was relatively ineffective despite generating 85 receiving yards and a touchdown on Sunday.
Which Steelers Team Shows Up?
In their past three road games, the Steelers have scored a total of 32 points and went 0-3. In their last three home games, they have scored 90 points and won two of those three games. Pittsburgh will need to hope that their streak of playing well in home games will continue against Dallas at Heinz Field this upcoming Sunday.
The Steelers and Cowboys have been two of the NFL’s most iconic franchises over the past 50 years. This weekend, they meet in a crucial game that may impact whether or not these two teams make the playoffs and where they may be seeded come January.