The Cowboys’ defense is among the worst in the league
Dallas is ranked dead last in opponent points per game, averaging a horrible 33.2 points allowed. This is largely in part to them allowing the most rushing yards per game of any other team in the league, at 170.9 yards per game. The good news for Dallas is that they have Leighton Vander Esch back from injury, who is set to play just his 5th game of the season. They do have some talent, Aldon Smith is listed as questionable for the game but early in the season was the NFL’s sack leader. Demarcus Lawrence is a good talent but he hasn’t done much of anything so far this season.
The secondary for this defense is a major issue. Their safety play has been bad all season and the Steelers would be happy to let Ben go wild throwing the deep ball if for some wild reason James Conner doesn’t get going. Ben should be happy knowing that he will have time to throw in this game. Dallas is tied for 20th in sacks per game at 2.1 per game. to put that in perspective Pittsburgh is averaging 4.3 sacks per game. The Steelers are getting to the quarterback more than twice as much as the Cowboys have been able to this season. Pittsburgh has the kind of offense that can score no matter what defense they are playing against.
James Conner has been having a wonderful season, and he will be able to take over the game if the Steelers want him to. Conner is a great back, borderline elite. This offensive line he is running behind has returned to its 2018 form, and the threat of the deep ball will keep safeties out of the box in this game. I really expect Pittsburgh to get into the kind of groove they did in the first half of the Titan’s Matchup. With the plethora of weapons Big Ben has at his disposal, I don’t see a chance Dallas could have to keep this offense under 30 points, other than a very bad day for the Steelers in the injury department.