In a game in which the Pittsburgh Steelers had no business winning, they put together a strong second half, and narrowly escaped with a 24-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys to remain undefeated.
As easy as it would be to focus on the ugly nature of their performance, the fact they were able to come away with a victory they may have not deserved, speaks volumes of the resilient nature of this team.
As they reach the final weeks of the season, the games will not get any easier, even if they are ones they are expected to win.
Steelers Three Stars Of The Game
First star - QB Ben Roethlisberger
If anyone questioned Ben Roethlisberger's courage and toughness in the past, this game was a reminder why he as durable as any quarterback in NFL history.
After taking a big hit late in the first half, Roethlisberger still managed to finish his drive and connect with receiver James Washington for a touchdown, before heading into the locker room with a knee injury. When many believed he was done for the game, he came back the second half, and engineered touchdown drives with receiver Juju Smith-Schuster and tight end Eric Ebron, which ultimately decided the outcome. He would end the game with 303 passing yards, three touchdown passes with no interceptions. With every game he play, Roethlisberger continues to show that age has done little to slow his productivity.
Second Star - WR Juju Smith-Schuster
Juju Smith-Schuster was, without question, the Steelers most reliable player on offense. Similar to their win again the Baltimore Ravens the previous week, Smith-Schuster came up with a series of big catches, which included a 31-yard touchdown that served as the turning point of the contest. Often overshadowed by rookie Chase Claypool, Smith-Schuster has shown why he is the most important receiver on the roster. His efficiency and ability to make tough catches, has been the theme of their last two victories. If the Steelers are looking to have success down the stretch, Smith-Schuster will need to continuing producing the way he has the last two games.
Third Star - S Minkah Fitzpatrick
Overall, this was the defensive unit's worst game, considering the high standard they have established this season. For the second consecutive week, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick came up with a big play at the end of the game, to preserve their lead and the win. Fitzpatrick's biggest play of the game was his interception early in the fourth quarter, when Dallas held a four-point lead and threatened to expand it. The Steelers would gain crucial points on the ensuing drive. When they needed splash plays, Fitzpatrick delivered which is part of why he is such an invaluable player.