ARLINGTON, Texas — It took 57 minutes and 41 seconds of recreation time for the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers to mount a lead over Garrett Gilbert’s Dallas Cowboys.
However when the Steelers leaped into the lead, they did so with type courtesy of tight finish Eric Ebron’s landing hurdle with 2:19 to play at JerryWorld. A failed two-point conversion gave Pittsburgh a tenuous 5-point lead, however that was sufficient to steal a 24-19 win and lengthen its unblemished report to 8-0.
Gilbert helped get the Cowboys all the best way to Pittsburgh’s 23-yard line with an opportunity to take the lead within the last seconds, however his move to the top zone fell incomplete.
Dallas suffered its fourth straight loss, falling to 2-7 and remaining winless since quarterback Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle harm. However beginning their fourth quarterback in 5 weeks, the Cowboys had been way more aggressive than in current weeks.
Listed below are three issues we realized within the Cowboys’ 24-19 loss:
1. Gilbert offers Dallas its finest efficiency since Prescott
After Andy Dalton landed on the reserve/COVID-19 record Tuesday, the Cowboys eschewed a second consecutive begin for rookie Ben DiNucci and gave Gilbert the nod with veteran journeyman Cooper Rush because the backup. Gilbert had hung out with a half-dozen groups earlier than Dallas, however he had performed in simply six NFL video games, finishing two of three move makes an attempt. Nonetheless, he appeared to supply what the Cowboys wanted for his or her offense to once more function functionally. Gilbert accomplished 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards, a landing and an interception along with three carries for 28 yards.
The Cowboys scored 19 factors, their most since dropping Prescott, and scored a landing for the primary time in three video games.
2. Turnovers once more proved important
The Cowboys have now dedicated a turnover in eight straight video games. On Sunday, Steelers All-Professional security Minkah Fitzpatrick made Dallas pay for that pattern. Fitzpatrick recovered a CeeDee Lamb fumble within the second quarter when the ball popped all of a sudden from the Cowboys rookie’s arms straight into the Pittsburgh star’s ready arms. Fitzpatrick was prepared once more within the fourth quarter, when the Steelers move rush closed in on Gilbert at Pittsburgh’s 10-yard line, Gilbert chucking a ball to the center of the top zone, Fitzpatrick once more ready. The Steelers marched 75 yards in 11 performs for a area aim to deliver the sport inside 1 level. The Cowboys wouldn’t rating once more, the Steelers incomes a landing that might in the end seal the sport. McCarthy’s group enters the bye with 20 turnovers.
3. Particular groups is a silver lining
Along with a number of robust defensive collection, the Cowboys’ particular groups unit performed its finest recreation of the season. Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford blocked an additional level that, at one level, let the Cowboys keep forward by a degree earlier than in the end ceding the late-game rating.
Dallas additionally recorded two large return performs, a 64-yard kick return and 73-yard punt return. On the punt return, receiver Cedrick Wilson caught the ball at Dallas’ 6-yard line then pivoted and ran it 4 yards to the ten. Then, simply as three Steelers readied to shut in, Wilson threw a dart throughout the width of the sphere to defensive again C.J. Goodwin, who took off down the left sideline 83 yards, netting a 73-yard return after penalty.
Goodwin fell in need of a rating like his group would fall in need of the win. However for the Cowboys, this contest gave the impression to be an enchancment.
Dallas enters a bye week in Week 9.
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