The Steelers are unexpectedly 4-4 and at home against a surprising 7-1 Dallas Cowboys team; what could go wrong?
Throughout the season Still Curtain will team up with the opposing team from the FanSided Network to get a little intel and perhaps do a little predicting and/or trash talking for the upcoming game.
Today we have Steven Mullenax of The Landry Hat, the Dallas Cowboys-themed site from the FanSided Network. Steven is here bringing us the info on the Steelers and Cowboys rivalry over the years as well as his thoughts on Dak Prescott and Tony Romo. He also provides us with a prediction for the game with score.
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Honestly speaking as a fan, at this point in the season with a healthy Tony Romo calling you up are you going to waive him on in or do you reply, ‘New phone, who diss?’
"SM: Well, the Dallas Cowboys are preparing him as if he’s going to play at some point this season. If Dak Prescott continues to win games, then Romo will likely be the highest paid back-up in the league. But there is certainly the thought that a healthy Tony Romo is a better option than Prescott, but I think everyone understands they need to ride the hot hand. As long as the Cowboys are winning, why disrupt what could potentially be Super Bowl-level chemistry. If Prescott falters, Romo will be ready."
I have believed since I was 15 years old that Neil O’Donnell, who had only thrown one interception the entire 1995 season, was paid off by Jerry Jones to throw those two identical interceptions to Larry Brown. What are your thoughts on that? Can you confirm or deny?
"SM: It’s hard to argue, especially considering the fact the same Cowboys player benefited from those takeaways. If I was going to start an investigation, it would certainly begin with Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown. Picked in the 12th round (???) of the 1991 NFL Draft, Brown spent his first five seasons in Dallas suspiciously winning three Super Bowl rings. After being named Super Bowl XXX MVP, he went on to sign a five-year, $12.5 million deal with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent. No one person had more to gain from those interceptions than Brown. If I were you, all the red strings on your wall-covered with news clippings should end at picture of Larry Brown."
Do Cowboys fans really care if the team is called “America’s Team” because they know they totally gave that nickname to themselves and it’s not true anyway?
"SM: You can thank NFL Films for the nickname, but I get what you are saying. And yes, I do believe Cowboys fan care. The moniker was given to them after their impressive run in the 1970’s and is exactly that…a nickname. It’s not a trophy or an award given to the team with the best overall record at the end of each season. It’s simply a moniker that represents the team’s history and legacy within the NFL. I understand the frustration non-Cowboy fans have with the name, but it’s simply a part of the team’s history and likely will be forever. It would be like someone calling the Cleveland Browns defense the “Steel Curtain”."
How many people does it take to hold Jerry Jones down from stepping in and making some horrible personnel decision to ruin what you guys have going on right now?
"Right now, one. His son, Stephen Jones. In the recent past, likely several. But as of right now, I think Stephen Jones has made several smart decisions that his father recognizes. Although Jerry still makes the call at the end of the day, his son has more influence than ever. I think the trust factor is at an all-time high between the Joneses and head coach Jason Garrett than it’s ever been due to their recent success on the field and in the draft."
What is your prediction for the game with score?
"After winning four of their first five games, the Steelers have lost three in a row. But Pittsburgh has lost just one game at home this season. And that was to the New England Patriots. The Cowboys are on a seven-game winning streak and are arguably the hottest team in the NFL right now. I think the game will come down to the health and play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who struggled against the Baltimore Ravens (down 21-0 into the fourth quarter) as both teams were coming off a bye week. In the end, I’ve learned not to bet against this young Cowboys team, especially considering the play of rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. I think it will be a close game, but I give the slight edge to Dallas. Dallas Cowboys 28, Pittsburgh Steelers 24"
There you have it Steeler Nation. What would you have asked differently? Check out The Landry Hat for my answers to Steven’s questions.
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