The 4-4 Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to slow the 7-1 Dallas Cowboys at Heinz Field this Sunday. Here’s how you can watch online.
This is a game steeped in history. Specifically, the history of three meetings in Super Bowls between the two. Today, both are expected to be playoff teams, but are experiencing contrasting fortunes in their respective divisions.
The game will be broadcast on Fox, with action to be called by Joe Buck and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. You can stream the matchup on Fox Sports Go, NFL Sunday Ticket and Verizon for NFL Mobile users.
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Speaking of Dallas quarterbacks, the status of Tony Romo is the big talking point this week. Romo’s been out all season, but he’s now back in practice, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
For the first time since his back injury, #Cowboys QB Tony Romo was listed as a full participant in practice.
This should be a week too soon for Romo to start. There’s also the debate about whether he should be let back in at all. After all, rookie Dak Prescott is winning.
Of course, Prescott has been aided by the NFL‘s best running game, led by another rookie, Ezekiel Elliott. He’s dominating behind an awesome offensive line. For his part, Prescott is protecting the ball and beginning to involve more of his receivers.
The combination of tough running and high-percentage passing has allowed the Cowboys to be a prolific scoring machine, per Mickey Spagnola of the team’s official site:
Would you believe the 26 touchdowns the Cowboys have scored in 8 games matches last year's 16-game total? Already! https://t.co/FXO6L5Jcch
That’s quite an endorsement for sticking with Prescott over Romo.
As for the Steelers, running back Le’Veon Bell must get back on track after a nightmare Week 9. He rushed for just 32 yards on 14 carries against the Baltimore Ravens. Bell has to work over a lightweight Dallas defensive front.
Bell’s running will be doubly important, because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his receivers were out of sync last week. Head coach Mike Tomlin has called on his wideouts to ease the pressure on star pass-catcher Antonio Brown, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Tomlin: "Important we get consistent contributions from guys not named Antnonio Brown" at wide receiver
In fairness, Eli Rogers lifted some of the burden from Brown last week. He caught six passes for 103 yards in Baltimore.
Rogers will be important, but it’s returning tight end Ladarius Green who will be Roethlisberger’s best matchup. Green hasn’t played this season, but he’s ready to go this week, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.