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Week 9 Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys

Previewing the match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Dallas Cowboys, focusing on key injuries and game notes.



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GB @ SF | HOU @ JAX | NYG @ WAS | BAL @ IND | DET @ MIN | CHI @ TEN | CAR @ KC
SEA @ BUF | DEN @ ATL | LV @ LAC | MIA @ ARZ | PIT @ DAL | NO @ TB | NE @ NYJ

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys
When: 11/8 @ 4:25pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Steelers -13.5
Over/Under: 41.5
Moneyline: Steelers -770 | Cowboys +600

Steelers Key Injuries: Mike Hilton, CB, Shoulder (Q), Devin Bush, ILB (ACL)
Cowboys Key Injuries: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Hamstring (Q), Brandon Knight, OT, Knee (IR) Andy Dalton, QB, COVID-19 (IR), Dak Prescott, QB, Ankle (IR), Tyron Smith, OT, Neck (IR), La’el Collins, OT, Hip (IR), Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Hamstring is expected to return from IR

NOTES: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns for 101.3 rating last week. Has 2+ touchdown passes in six of seven games this season. Has 100+ rating in four of past five. Has eight touchdowns vs. one interception for 108.1 rating in four career games vs. Dal. Aims for his fifth in row vs. NFC East with 2+ touchdown passes and 95+ rating. Running back James Conner had 60 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 13 receiving) and rush touchdown last week. Has rush touchdown in five of past six. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in two of past three. Is one of three in AFC (Derrick Henry and Josh Jacobs) with 600+ scrimmage yards (623) and 5+ rush touchdowns (five) this season. Running back Benny Snell has rush touchdown in two of past three. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster led team with seven catches for 67 yards last week. Aims for third in row with 7+ catches. Has two receiving touchdowns in two career games vs. NFC East. Rookie Wide receive Chase Claypool had five catches for 42 yards and touchdown in Week 8. Ties for NFL lead among wide receivers with seven touchdowns (five receiving, two rush) this season. Tight end Eric Ebron had four catches for 48 yards and touchdown last week. Had 8 catches for 93 yards in only career game at Dal. (12/26/16 with Det.). Linebacker T.J. Watt aims for third in row with 5+ tackles and sack. Has four tackles for loss, two passes defended, sack and interception in two career games vs. NFC East. Has pass defended in three of past four on road. Ties for NFL lead with 12 tackles for loss. Linebacker Bud Dupree had sack and forced fumble last week. Has sack in two of past three. Linebacker Robert Spillane had 11 tackles, two passes defended, tackle for loss, fumble recovery and 33-yard interception returned for a touchdown last week, first-career touchdown. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt had season-high nine tackles and two sacks in Week 8. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his third in row vs. NFC East with sack.

Quarterback Andy Dalton has 2+ touchdown passes in three of his past four vs. Pit. Rookie Quarterback Ben DiNucci passed for 180 yards and rushed for 22 yards in first-career start last week. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had 73 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 10 receiving) last week. Is one of three running backs (Kareem Hunt and David Montgomery) with 50+ scrimmage yards in each of first eight games this season. Had 209 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 95 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rush, one receiving) in last meeting. Has 729 scrimmage yards (145.8 per game) and seven touchdowns (six rush, one receiving) in five career games vs. AFC North. Aims for his fourth in row at home vs. AFC North with 125+ scrimmage yards. Since 2016, leads NFL with 7,765 scrimmage yards. Wide receiver Amari Cooper had seven receptions for 88 yards and receiving touchdown in only career game vs. Pit. (11/8/15 w/ Raiders). Has 6+ receptions and 75+ receiving yards in three of his four home games this season. Wide receiver Michael Gallup led team with seven receptions and 61 receiving yards last week. Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb leads all rookies in receptions (40) and ranks second in receiving yards (524). Tight end Dalton Schultz had six receptions for 53 yards last week. Linebacker Jaylon Smith tied for NFL-lead with 82 tackles this season. Has 7+ tackles in each of first eight games this season. Aims for his third in row at home with 10+ tackles and tackle for loss. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch had sack and forced fumble last week. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence aims for his third in row with sack. Had sack and forced fumble in last meeting. Defensive end Aldon Smith has 3.5 sacks in two career games vs. Pit. and aims for his third in row vs. Pit. with sack. Rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs had first two career interceptions and career-high four passes defended last week.

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