Dallas Cowboys: Three Thoughts Entering Week Ten

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of a big win in Week Ten and will now focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are some thoughts heading into Week 10.

Nov 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of a huge win against the Cleveland Browns and even though it was expected it was still a sigh of relief to see Dallas handle business so easily.

The Browns were a desperate team that still have a ton of fight in them, so they will be a tough out for anyone facing them down the road.

Now Dallas gets another AFC North team, the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, and they will be nothing like the Browns.

The Cowboys may also see the return of their veteran quarterback to the field which brings up a whole slew of questions.

Zeke versus the Steelers run defense

The Steelers run defense has struggled all season long and they will be in for their biggest challenge this Sunday.

Cowboys 2016 first round pick Ezekiel Elliott will test the Steelers linebackers and safeties with his shiftiness and speed. He should be able to find success on the ground and that is a crucial point in this game.

If Dallas can control the time of possession they can control the Steelers and that may be all they have to do in order to win this game.

Pittsburgh struggled to contain the run in the latter half of the season and they could see a similar issue on Sunday.

Nov 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) looks on from the sidelines in the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) looks on from the sidelines in the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo cleared for practice

Cowboys veteran quarterback, Tony Romo has been speculated to return to his starting role when healthy.

Those speculations have dwindled as rookie quarterback/sensation, Dak Prescott has continued to impress week in and week out.

The one thing the Cowboys did not plan on is that Dallas would be sitting with a record of 7-1 as Romo’s return date came closer.

The Cowboys veteran signal caller has been medically cleared however it is uncertain just when he will be able to hit the field again for Dallas.

He could conceivably back up Dak Prescott for Sunday’s battle with the Steelers. The Cowboys must be careful with how they approach this situation, Dak is winning and the Cowboys are rolling.

The argument appears to be that the Cowboys brass do not want to effect the chemistry Prescott and this team have established.

Realistically I believe either quarterback could start and we would see the same result (except Prescott is infinitely more mobile).

No player wants to win a Super Bowl more than Romo, but he may need to step back a bit for Dallas to get there.

This offense is potent and until it struggles there is no reason to make a quarterback change.

Nov 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) reacts to a touchdown scored by running back Ezekiel Elliott (not pictured) against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Comparing offenses, Steelers and Cowboys

The Cowboys don’t have to shut down Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown, they just have to outscore him. Brown could have a big day with cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Byron Jones still missing in action do to injury.

This means the running attack has to be in top form, and Dak will need to make Cowboys star wide receiver Dez Bryant a viable threat down the field.

The Steelers defense is looking worse than Dallas’s and that is intriguing in the sense that this game could truly come down to two offenses going toe to toe.

When called upon Bryant has been excellent this season however there are certain instances where he just does not seem to be part of the game plan. The one thing that is interesting about the Dallas offense is that it truly seems as if any receiver on this team can have a big day.

The Cowboys rookie quarterback found tight end Gavin Escobar who has been relatively invisible all season long in the end zone for a touchdown against the Browns. The Steelers lean on Antonio Brown but struggle to find consistency from their other wide receivers.

They have star running back Le’Veon Bell and he could cause Dallas some issues on the ground, but Dallas has been surprisingly stout against the run.

At the end of the day it may come down the two quarterbacks, and if it does Dak should have an edge. Big Ben is hobbled and will still struggle to push the ball down the field when called upon unless fully healed. 

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