Two teams trending in vastly different directions will face-off Sunday during the second wave of NFL action, as the 7-0 Pittsburgh Steelers head to Dallas to take on the struggling Cowboys.
The 2-6 Dallas Cowboys have been awful this season, and last week didn’t do much to inspire confidence in a divisional showdown vs. the Eagles. QB Ben DiNucci looked awful as predicted, and this week they’ll instead turn to Garrett Gilbert. It’s not hard-hitting analysis, but it likely won’t matter against a solid Steelers team.
For Pittsburgh, this match is all about avoiding the proverbial letdown spot. Coming off of a big victory over Baltimore in Week 8, the Steelers will be playing their third straight contest away from home, which has traditionally been a tough trend to overlook. Still though, this Pittsburgh squad is loaded with talent and possesses an advantage at virtually every position over the lowly Cowboys. Can the Steelers extend their unbeaten run, or is another Sunday shocker in the cards? Read on beneath the posted odds for a full game breakdown and betting analysis for this Steelers vs. Cowboys encounter. Enjoy the game!
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds:
Pittsburgh Steelers -14 (-115)
@ Dallas Cowboys +14 (-105)
Over 44 (-110)
Under 44 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick:
While many are instantly leaning toward this game being an automatic letdown spot for the heavily favoured Pittsburgh Steelers, don’t be so certain. It’s still the Cowboys, in Dallas, and remains as one of the premier matchups in the NFL. Don’t be surprised to also see a big presence of visiting Pittsburgh fans in Dallas either, as the Cowboys are one of the few NFL stadiums that have allowed supporters.
For the Dallas offense, it truly doesn’t matter which one of their journeyman QB’s suits up to start on Sunday, though it’s expected to be Garrett Gilbert. Good luck to him, as the Cowboys’ offensive line enters Week 9 in shambles. They can’t block or protect, and as a result expect Pittsburgh to overwhelm the Cowboys’ O-Line in the trenches. Pittsburgh has a solid defensive front, and will be able to generate all kinds of pressure on Sunday.
The duo of TJ Watt and Bud Dupree should continue their dominance, and play a key role in clamping down on Ezekiel Elliott in the run game. Downfield, the Cowboys have some talented options at receiver – though getting them the football remains an impossibility. Moving the chains is going to be tough for Dallas on Sunday.
On the other side of the football, expect the Steelers to be able to name their score against the Dallas defense. Though the Cowboys have gotten some reinforcements back in recent weeks, it really won’t matter given all of the firepower for the Steelers. James Conner will control the tempo and pace in the run game, and that will really open up things downfield for Ben Roerthlisberger to abuse this weakened secondary of the Cowboys. Look for Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson to be in store for big outings.
The Steelers won’t be ‘looking ahead’ in this spot. Maybe if this were the Jaguars on a Thursday night, but not when it’s a big rivalry showdown against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s a tough spot, but the skill gap between these two groups is enormous. On sheer numbers, this should be a romp – and we’ll side that way with the Steelers here in Week 9.