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NFL Week 10 Preview: Cowboys Face Off Against Steelers In Pittsburgh

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Cowboys Must Use Effective Passing Attack To Defeat Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play host to the 7-1 Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon. The Steelers are 4-4 and are coming off of a rough loss against their division rival in the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers will be well prepared for Dallas as they will attempt to slow down Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Both teams will look to get their passing game going quick and establish rhythm with their receivers.

The Steelers have given up an average of 276 passing yards a game, and have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete nearly 66 percent of their passes. Both of those numbers are close to Dak Prescott’s average as he completes 66.5 percent of his passes while averaging 245 passing yards a game. Both teams contain high octane offenses that will look to push the ball down the field early. It’l be up to each team’s secondary to halt the passing attacks of each team.

Last week against the Browns, Prescott had a solid day through the air, but he failed to connect with Dez Bryant more than once. Bryant’s lone reception was a 19 yard gain early in the game. Yes, Dallas was able to put up five touchdowns without Bryant contributing very much or making an impact. However, they will need to find ways to get him more involved as the season unfolds and they play against tougher opponents that will take away the run. Bryant is a lethal receiver on the outside and Prescott has done a great job of not forcing the ball his way, but eventually there will be some third and longs, and he will have to get his big wide out some looks in the passing game.

Both teams will have their top tier receivers ready for big plays. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, who most consider to be the best receiver in football will be licking his chops over a banged up Dallas secondary. Big Ben Roethlisberger loves to get his number one target some deep looks early. The Dallas secondary will need to be prepared for the elite passing game the Steelers possess. Dallas should start out in some zone coverages to force the Steelers to make shorter passes and not allow Brown to beat them deep.

Dez Bryant might get involved early and often at the start of this one. Usually when a player of his caliber struggles one game, there is an over correction in getting that player the ball. Bryant might see some quick and short looks his way in the first quarter.

Along with strong passing abilities from both teams, the ground game has been a crucial part of their seasons. Ezekiel Elliott is averaging 111 yards a game with five yards per carry. Le’Veon Bell is averaging 75 yards a game with 4.5 yards a carry this season. Bell missed the first three games of the season due to suspension. The Cowboys and Steelers contain effective running games that strike fear in opposing defense’s hearts. The defensive lines will need to prepare for these elite backs.

The Steelers obviously know that Dak Prescott is a rookie and will look to take away the run from Dallas and force Prescott to make great throws under pressure. The passing game for Dallas will be imperative this week as they go into an extremely hostile environment. Prescott will need to get his key guys the ball quick. Jason Witten, Cole Beasley, and Dez Bryant should all have solid days if the Cowboys are going to win on the road.

The Cowboys and Steelers will play in Pittsburgh this Sunday afternoon at 4:25 pm ET.