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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Dallas 10 3 10 12 35
Pittsburgh 12 3 3 12 30
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1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET21:25 GMT5:25 AM 北京时间2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT1:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ETNaN:� , November 13, 2016
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Weather: 56°, Clear  Attendance: 67,737

Quarterbacks the focus for Cowboys and Steelers

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Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. The Cowboys ran their winning streak to seven games on Sunday, downing the Browns in Cleveland, 35-10. Dak Prescott completed 77.8 percent of his passes (21-for-27), highest among all starting QBs in Week 9, throwing three TD passes with no interceptions for a 141.8 rating. Jason Witten caught eight passes for 134 yards -- his largest yardage total since the 2013 season finale -- and a TD; Witten has TD receptions in consecutive games for the first time since 2014. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as the Cowboys outrushed the Browns, 168 yards to 45. Dallas' defense recorded four sacks of Cody Kessler and limited Cleveland to 222 total yards.
  2. In spite of the return of starting QB Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers lost their third straight game last Sunday, a 21-14 defeat at Baltimore. Roethlisberger, who missed the team's previous game with a knee injury, completed only 51.1 percent of his passes (23-for-45) and had a 67.3 passer rating, marking the third time this season that his rating was under 70 in a game. Pittsburgh rushed for only 36 yards and gained 277 total yards -- only 69 of them in the first three quarters. Baltimore's TDs came on a 95-yard pass from Joe Flacco to former Steeler Mike Wallace in the first quarter and Chris Moore's 14-yard return of a blocked punt that put the Ravens ahead, 21-0, early in the final period. Pittsburgh scored two late TDs but fell short in its comeback bid.
  3. The Cowboys and Steelers have played 31 times, including three Super Bowl encounters, with the 'Boys holding a 16-15 edge. The Steelers captured two of the first three Super Bowls between the teams (1975 and '78 seasons), before Dallas turned the tables in Super Bowl XXX (1995 season). The teams' last three meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer; the last one, four years in Dallas, was a 27-24 overtime win for the Cowboys.
  4. Dak Prescott's 104.2 passer rating is currently the highest ever by a rookie qualifier; Prescott has eight TD passes in the last three games, and has posted a passer rating of 100-plus in six of eight contests. Fellow Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott is averaging 5.03 yards per rush; in team history, only twice has a Cowboy (minimum 100 rushes) averaged at least five yards per rush in a season: Emmitt Smith in 1993 (5.25) and DeMarco Murray in '14 (5.17).
  5. A loss on Sunday would give Ben Roethlisberger his first three-game losing streak since he and the Steelers opened the 2013 season with four consecutive defeats. Beginning with the 2012 overtime loss in Dallas, Roethlisberger is 7-7 in his last 14 games against NFC teams; during that same time span, he has a 25-15 mark against AFC foes. Antonio Brown caught his 44th career TD pass a week ago; all 44 have been thrown by Roethlisberger.
  6. Combining regular season and playoffs, the Steelers (471) and Cowboys (453) have the most wins since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins all-time with six; the Cowboys are tied for second (with the 49ers) with five.
Team Comparison

Dallas
 
Pittsburgh
27.9 Points 23.0
253.5 Pass Yds 278.8
165.3 Rush Yds 96.0
10 Takeaways 9

It's been almost four years since Dallas and Pittsburgh last went toe-to-toe and in that game, Dallas eventually won, 27-24.

While many of the main characters in that 2012 drama remain, these two bluebloods have traveled a far different path to where they are today.

Forget that the Cowboys and Steelers have made 16 Super Bowl appearances and won 11 Vince Lombardi Trophies between them. The two franchises are among the most winning, the most proud and most popular, and nothing short of winning is tolerated or expected.

And winning is what the 7-1 Cowboys have been doing this year since dropping their season opener to the New York Giants.

And while their record might not be a good indication, the 4-4 Steelers aren't far off the Cowboys' heels, even though they have dropped three straight.

So when Pittsburgh and Dallas collide, bragging rights -- at a minimum -- are at stake, and on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. in Pittsburgh it's no different.

The Cowboys have been the brightest surprise in the NFL this season having reeled off seven straight wins, including last week's shellacking of the Cleveland Browns. But despite having two of the league's most prolific weapons in rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are 3-point underdogs to the Steelers.

Elliott leads the NFL in rushing and is on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie mark of 1,808 yards.

Prescott has filled in for Tony Romo, who suffered a compression fracture almost three months ago, before the season started. Prescott has been stellar: 2,020 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, two interceptions.

But this week, Romo finally returned to practice and owner/general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett said his workload would be ramped up as the team is encouraged by the 36-year-old's progress.

"We just have to see where he is," Garrett told reporters. "Tony's practiced four days over the last couple of weeks and has been involved in part of practices on each of those days. We'll do something similar with him today. He'll start in individuals and see how he does. He'll be working some scout-team reps like he did last week.

"We'll just take the situation day-by-day. We have a number of guys who are injured on the team, and that's what we do. We see how they do in individual and maybe they roll and get more into practice. We do anticipate Tony getting some good, positive work today. We will evaluate his situation day-by-day."

Romo might be active Sunday, although there were reports Friday he won't be, but Prescott will be the starter. Romo was listed as questionable on the injury report.

"I know how bad he wants to compete," Jones said. "Any time he's limited because of injury, I hate that. It's always has been the biggest downer for a competitor.

"On the other hand, for Tony, there isn't anything more important than being on a team that is capable of winning and competing for the big prize."

On the Steelers side of the ball, there aren't any questions about who the quarterback is. When healthy, Ben Roethlisberger is going to be slinging the ball across the field. Even when he isn't 100 percent, Roethlisberger is Pittsburgh's man.

He returned last week after knee surgery on Oct. 17 and was rusty at the beginning of a 21-14 loss to Baltimore. Roethlisberger overcame a slow start and completed 23 of 45 passes for 264 yards with a touchdown and interception.

His teammates didn't help as they committed 13 penalties. Head coach Mike Tomlin promised to fix the penalty problem before the Cowboys come to town.

"We haven't been good at that in the last several weeks, and probably more disturbing than the fact that we are being penalized is some of them are procedural things, pre-play things. In-play things sometimes happen, a facemask penalty in an effort to make a play. False starts, offside, delay of game, covering up eligible receivers. Those things are very much in our control and we have to eliminate."

Roethlisberger also admitted the need to be better.

"I put it on myself. I need to be more accurate. Give them credit -- there were times I was going to make throws and their guys jumped in front of things. ... I just need to be better."

The Steelers' offense is averaging 32.6 points per game in the three home games Roethlisberger has started this season. In those games, he has thrown 12 touchdown passes and only two interceptions.

"It's always a little easier to play at home," Roethlisberger said. "But that's the first half of the season. I'm not thinking about the good or bad with anything in the first half of the season.

"We're strictly moving forward. We need to be the best football team we can be at home and on the road."

On Sunday, he faces a tough task against a Dallas defense that flies under the radar.

Rod Marinelli's defense is the only one that hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher or 100-yard receiver this year. It now ranks among the top 10 in total defense, yielding 332.9 yards per game. Dallas also is one of two defenses in the NFL that have allowed no more than 23 points in any game.

And they're doing this without safety Barry Church and cornerback Morris Claiborne who remain sidelined.

The Pittsburgh offense will provide a stiff test. Roethlisberger has another week under his belt to strengthen his knee and more practice time with All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown had a game-high seven receptions for 85 yards and a 23-yard touchdown against Baltimore. But for the Steelers' offense to be clicking, Roethlisberger needs to find another receiver to take the double-team pressure off Brown.

Roethlisberger might have found his man on Sunday. Eli Rogers registered six receptions for 103 yards.

Running back LeVeon Bell will try to match the Cowboys' Elliott stride for stride on Sunday. With 70 yards against the Ravens, Bell surpassed Willie Parker for the second most yards from scrimmage by a Steeler in his first four years.

Bell is hoping that Maurkice Pouncey will be ready to go on Sunday and that appears to be the case. The three-time Pro Bowl center dislocated his thumb on the second play from scrimmage on Sunday and had surgery before pronouncing himself ready to play on Thursday.

"I'm playing 100 percent, never any doubt," Pouncey told reporters. "People are making a bigger deal than what it is. Let's just go play, man, we got a football game."

The Steelers also received good news on the injury front when outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who had surgery before the season to repair a sports hernia, practiced Wednesday for the first time since training camp.

"It's going to be a process," Dupree said after practice. "I'm excited to be back on the field.

Running back DeAngelo Williams underwent knee surgery earlier this week, turning the backup chores over to Fitzgerald Toussaint.

Updated November 11, 2016

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