Writers’ Picks: Steelers Week 9 matchup vs. Dallas Cowboys

In week nine of the NFL, the Still Curtain team pitches their predictions for the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0) upcoming game against the Dallas Cowboys (2-6).

After what happened last time they played the Dallas Cowboys, vengeance could factor into the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ motivation. A beautiful trick play from QB Ben Roethlisberger to former WR Antonio Brown to put them up and make the game seem unreachable for the Cowboys.

Of course, it was spoiled by a game-winning drive by the Cowboys, & the bitter-taste of it’s ending has saturated itself for four years. A whole NFL window later now arrives the run back.

The good guys enter undefeated and are poised to remain so while Dallas is attempting to nurse a migraine with children’s Tylenol. Amid their chaos, it raises the angst if Pittsburgh could slip up & potentially give away what should be a comfortable win.

Writers’ Recap

Although worry is growing on a possible upset, it’s merely a carry-over from last week, at least for our writers. Pulling some overall records down after the Steelers earned another win, it’s starting to create a slight lead among those that are still undefeated like the Steelers. In their defense, choosing the Baltimore Ravens wasn’t foolish. They are a formidable opponent and a division-rival that will be playing football in January.

On the plus side, it’s only week nine & redemption is not entirely lost. Do those that seek it start here?

Still Curtain’s 2020 Records

Eric Hassel (7-0)

Ed Hunt (5-2)

Andrew Falce (6-1)

Tommy Jaggi (6-1)

Brandon Kring (5-2)

Jordan Newman (7-0)

Ryan Pawloski (6-1)

Casey Sadekoski (7-0)

Week eight predictions vs. Cowboys

”A game that on paper should be a ‘cakewalk’ turns into a close game at the end. Pittsburgh’s offense gets off to a slow start but manages to put up some points in the second half. The Steelers defense has trouble corralling Zeke but in the end, we make yet another 4th down stop to win the game.” – Eric Hassel (PIT 28-24)

”The Black & Gold will be going against a third or fourth-string QB and should take care of business.” – Ed Hunt (PIT 41-24)

”Pittsburgh shuts down Zeke and the ‘Boys, but a pair of scores from CeeDee Lamb cuts the score. Mason Rudolph leads the Steelers in the 4th and ads a late score to James Washington.” – Andrew Falce (PIT 34-17)

”The Steelers are looking for the best start in the history of their franchise and the only team standing in the way is the 2-6 Cowboys. Dallas has been ice cold on offense without Dak Prescott – scoring just 22 combined points over the past three games. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL. It’s possible Mike Tomlin’s team could take the Cowboys lightly, but I have Steelers winning handily.” – Tommy Jaggi (PIT 28-13)

”The Cowboys are in shambles and it doesn’t get any easier for them. Pittsburgh’s offense is starting to click and the team is rolling in all three phases. Steelers should roll to 8-0.” – Brandon Kring (PIT 37-9)

”As long as Pittsburgh limits the simple mistakes, this may end up being their easiest win on the schedule. Still, without an official announcement on who’s starting Sunday at QB, either or of the two options will be Dallas fourth starter in 2020. Unable to score points offensively since Dak Prescott’s injury coupled with a historically bad defense, it’s made for a 2-6 season. Steelers do the little things right & stay undefeated.” – Jordan Newman (PIT 31-6)

”Pittsburgh has struggled to beat poor teams in the past but this should be a different game. Unless the black and yellow turnover the ball and shoot themselves in the foot consistently, this should be an easy win.” – Ryan Pawloski (PIT 31-21)

”The Dallas Cowboys find a way to keep this game a game until Pittsburgh gets a decent enough lead to force Dallas to throw. With the injuries to multiple premier run stoppers on the Steelers defense, Dallas has a valid way to attack. Garrett gilbert won’t be able to keep up with Ben and that’ll give Pittsburgh the win.” – Casey Sadekoski (PIT 34-17)