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Pittsburgh Steelers Lose Thriller To The Dallas Cowboys – Week 10 Recap

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In a game with seven lead changes, the Pittsburgh Steelers lose a thriller against the Dallas Cowboys and fall to 4-5 on the season.

The NFL has been having a ratings problem this season, probably because there hasn’t been many games like this one. The Dallas Cowboys have been looking absolutely unstoppable with their rookie tandem of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot, and the Pittsburgh Steelers had no chance of stopping them. In a game with seven lead changes, the Steelers continued to show lack of accountability and veteran leadership that has been a problem all season.

All season, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense have struggled to force turnovers and give their offense a chance to score on a short field. But the game started exactly the way they needed it to when Anthony Chickillo forced a fumble that was recovered by Ryan Shazier on the Cowboys 38-yard line. On the ensuing drive, Ben Roethlisberger found Le’Veon Bell for his first score of the season on a two-yard slant for a touchdown.

But the Steelers would go for two, as they would all game after all four of their touchdowns on Sunday, and fail to convert on any of them. Those 8 points that they left on the board could have changed the outcome of the game, but the Cowboys did their job by keeping the Steelers from scoring extra points. Mike Tomlin commented on his choice to go for two every time.

“We want to be aggressive. Thats not out of line with our personality. Not only recently, but in recent years.”

But those missed opportunities wouldn’t be the reason the Steelers would lose the game. Two big plays would keep the Cowboys right there with the Steelers throughout the game. Ezekiel Elliot took a screen pass 83-yards for a touchdown, and Dez Bryant caught a 50-yard touchdown pass that would give the Cowboys a 23-18 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

According to Pro Football Focus, Ben Roethlisberger had a near flawless game. He posted a 124.1 quarterback rating, and got a PFF score of 79.1. For the second week in a row, the Steelers oldest player on the roster, James Harrison, posted the highest score for the defense with a 81.6.

Ben Roethlisberger said earlier in the week that he was not worried about the losing streak that the Steelers are in, and that he told the team to follow him. And there was no Steeler that was more poised in the fourth quarter than the leader of their football team when they needed him the most. Roethlisberger has 191 yards in the fourth quarter, which included a 15-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown that looked like the game-winner for the Steelers. Roethlisberger commented on the fake-spike turned touchdown after the game.

“I called it. He saw me call it. Todd [Haley] was in my head yelling, ‘Don’t waste a down.’ But I knew what we were doing, so I’m glad it worked. . . [At that point] you take the lead, so it feels pretty good.”

But with just 42 seconds on the clock, Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott proved why they are the only team left in the NFL with only one loss. With the Cowboys being only down by three and already in field goal range, all they had to do was get themselves in position for a game-tying score. But Ezekiel Elliot had other plans, taking a run up the gut for 32 yards into the end zone that would be end one of the craziest games of the NFL season, and give the Cowboys the 35-30 win.

With the loss, the Pittsburgh Steelers fall to 4-5 and are one game back in the AFC North. This 4 game losing streak is the worst the Steelers have endured since 2009 when they went 7-9 and missed the playoffs. Good news for the Steelers is that they play the 0-10 Cleveland Browns next week, and have a chance to bounce back to .500 to stay in the race for the division title.