Game Preview: Cowboys @ Steelers

Cowboys (8-4) vs. Steelers (9-3) Sunday, December 7, 3:15 PM CT on FOX

Cowboys Face Tough December Stretch Starting With Steelers

The Dallas Cowboys will head to the cold confines of Heinz Field to take on the Steelers in a battle with two teams fighting for playoff spots. 

These two teams have illustrious histories, and it promises to be a great game.

This is a very interesting matchup for the Cowboys.  Throughout the rest of the season, the Cowboys face the number 1, 2, 3, and 7 ranked defenses, respectively.  Pittsburgh is number one overall, and they will look to put the pressure on Romo and help force bad decisions.  We have seen Romo carve up defenses like this throughout his career, and it’s no wonder with the weapons that he has.  (T.O., Jason Witten, etc.)  If the Cowboys can protect Romo and give him time to throw the ball, the Cowboys should have a great chance to win, but if they can’t, it could be a long day. 

With Marion Barber out for today’s game, Tashard Choice will get the start.  That means that Barber will not be there to pound out those tough yards for the first down that he usually does.  If Choice proves to be ineffective against the Steelers stout runnng defense, the play action for Romo would go away and let the Steelers anticipate the pass to make it that much more difficult for him.  

Adams Jones will finally make his return today after being suspended six games for getting into a scuffle with his body guard at a Dallas hotel.  His impact at corner will not be known until we see it in the game.  Lately, the Cowboys have been very stingy about allowing touchdowns to the opposition.  Excluding the game against the Giants, they have given up just three touchdowns in their last four games, with two of those touchdowns given up to the 49ers when the game was virtually out of reach.