3 things we learned from Steelers win against Dallas Cowboys

free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers defense knows how to close out a game

At the risk of sounding unappreciative, is there a reason for the Steelers ‘D’ allowing 364 net yards to the Dallas Cowboys with what was essentially their fourth-string QB? I realize we won the game but did it really need to as close as it turned out to be?

Again, I don’t mean to sound unappreciative, but I honestly don’t know how many more of these types of games I can endure.  In what should have been a dominant defensive performance, it turned into a hard-fought battle, one in which we ultimately prevailed.

After giving up 13 points to a previously underperforming offense, the Steelers ‘D’ stiffened up in the second half, surrendering only 6 additional points.  One thing we can count on from the defense is this:  we make plays when plays need to be made.

On the second to last offense series for the Cowboys, Cameron Heyward, our veteran DT, forced his way past the offensive lineman who was trying to block him, applied pressure to the opposing QB and was credited with half a sack.  That was exactly was what needed and the defense delivered.

On the final offense drive, the Steelers ‘D’ broke up yet another pass in the endzone to win the game.  Although the ‘D’ finished the game with one forced fumble, one INT, and two sacks, the aforementioned final play was just too close for comfort, but, we won so that’s all I care about.

Let’s take a look at the third thing we learned.