NFL Sunday Night Week 9: Dallas Cowboys vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction and Analysis

Published 11/06/2020, 9:00 PM EST
Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin congratulates quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19), and wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) after the touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020 NFL season must feel like a nightmare to Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy and his players. The Texas-based franchise is third in the NFC East Division with a 2-6 record. They are without their top quarterbacks (Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton) for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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On the other hand, Ben Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to a 7-game winning streak. At present, coach Mike Tomlin’s boys are the only team in the league who are yet to taste defeat.

Will they add to their winning tally against a hurting Cowboys outfit at the AT&T Stadium this weekend? Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 9 Game Day predictions.

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After a disappointing performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on his first NFL start, third-choice QB Ben DiNucci is most likely to be dropped from the starting line-up.

Instead, coach McCarthy is looking to bring in one of either Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush to stand in for the injured Andy Dalton.

In addition to that, the Cowboys are also sweating on the fitness of star RB Ezekiel Elliott. The 25-year-old is dealing with a hamstring issue and is listed as ‘questionable’ in Friday’s injury report.

The likes of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb will have to step up and lead by example at the AT&T Stadium in front of home fans.

Pittsburgh Steelers looking to maintain unbeaten run in the league

Meanwhile, Mike Tomlin and the Steelers are on track to make the Playoffs with their perfect record in the league. Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,600+ yards with 15 TDs from 7 games.

His efficient supporting cast consisting of WR Juju Smith-Schuster, TE Eric Ebron, and WR Chase Claypool will once again be crucial against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Coach Tomlin will look to rest some of his key players for this game. The Pittsburgh Steelers are tipped to make the Super Bowl this year and will need all their players in prime fitness for the latter half of the season.

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NFL Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs Pittsburgh Steelers Injury Updates

Dallas – Out

P Chris Jones  – Abdomen

Questionable

RB Ezekiel Elliott – Hamstring

DE Aldon Smith – Knee

LB Joe Thomas – Wrist

Pittsburgh – Out

DE Tyson Alualu – Knee

Questionable

TE Vance McDonald – Illness

Doubtful

CB Mike Hilton – Shoulder

OL Stefan Wisniewski – Pectoral

Dallas Cowboys vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction

Dallas Cowboys 12 – 33 Pittsburgh Steelers

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Sep 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) and tight end Eric Ebron (85) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrate a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

At the risk of jinxing their progress, it seems like everything is lining up to work in favor of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. The return of the ‘Big Ben’, the break before the Tennessee Titans game, and lack of injury struggles over the last 8 weeks have witnessed the Steelers maintain their unbeaten record since the onset of the season.

A win against the Cowboys should be a walk in the park for coach Tomlin’s free-flowing offense. Unless one of the two potential Cowboys quarterbacks pull out a card from under their sleeves and shock the visitors.

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Anything can happen, we are in 2020 after all.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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