The Steelers are set to take on the Cowboys in Week 9. Here are three Pittsburgh players who should see an increased role this week.
The Steelers have started the season 7-0 for the first time since 1978, and with another win this Sunday, it will mark the best record Pittsburgh ever recorded to start the season. The only thing standing in the way of that is the Dallas Cowboys.
To the surprise of many, the Cowboys are 2-6 as they prepare to enter Week 9. Losing a potential MVP candidate in Dak Prescott proved to be a fatal blow to a team that already had a porous defense this year. With Dallas now missing their star quarterback, both starting offensive tackles, their starting tight end, and a number of other contributors, there is hardly a glimmer of hope left on the season for Cowboy fans.
In fact, Dallas has been so bad over the past three games without Dak Prescott that even the New York Jets have had a higher point differential over that span. But the Steelers can’t take them lightly.
Though the only thing standing in the way of Pittsburgh’s best-ever start is a Cowboys team that has scored just 22 combined points over their last three games, the Steelers must take care of business on the road this week. Unfortunately, they will have to do so without the help of starting nose tackle, Tyson Alualu. While this injury seems extremely minor compared to the stretch of bad luck Dallas has dealt with so far this season, losing Alualu is going to hurt Pittsburgh’s run defense.
Because of some of the injuries currently on the Steelers, there are several players who should see an increased workload as Pittsburgh takes the field against the Cowboys this Sunday: