Who else however Minkah Fitzpatrick?
For the second week straight, Fitzpatrick thumped away a pass in the end zone to protect the Pittsburgh Steelers’ undefeated season.
This time, he kept Garrett Gilbert’s pass from discovering CeeDee Lamb to enable the Steelers to clutch a 24-19 win against an annoying Dallas Cowboys group (2-7) at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.
The Steelers are 8-0 without precedent for establishment history, outperforming the 7-0 imprint set by the 1978 group.
“I’m really proud of our football team, 8-0 for the first time in franchise history,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We’re humbled and honored to be that group. It’s not without its trials today, obviously. Some of it was created by us. … We’ve got a group that sticks together and a group that’s mentally tough and is able to persevere. I’m thankful for that.
“But obviously we can’t keep having these conversations every week, because one of these weeks, we’re going to be doing it with an L if we’re not careful. But we’re thankful to win today.”
In spite of the fact that the Steelers pulled out the success, the game was a long way from beautiful.
A 14-point top choice, the Steelers followed by upwards of 13, their biggest deficiency of the period, as indicated by ESPN Stats and Information research. They couldn’t discover a beat on either side of the ball and confronted a 13-0 shortfall with four minutes left in the half, proceeding with the Steelers’ dash of inauspicious beginnings.
“Man, we’re just getting hit in the teeth,” Tomlin said of the slow starts. “We’ve got to combat that.”
Hit by Neville Gallimore and DeMarcus Lawrence late in the primary half, Ben Roethlisberger’s evening nearly finished early. The quarterback threw four passes after the hit, finishing with a score to James Washington for the Steelers’ first score. Be that as it may, he left the field quickly thereafter, setting off to the storage space with 1:10 left in the half to assess a left knee. At the point when the Steelers got the show on the road back on a recouped bungle, Mason Rudolph needed to come on for the last drive, one that finished with an establishment record, 59-yard field objective by Chris Boswell.
“Someone hit me right on the side of the knee,” Roethlisberger said. “Felt like it kind of bent my knee a little bit. Part of the game of football. Guys get hit all the time. Have some discomfort, and so we thought, end of the half, we’ll head in and get it looked at. Doc just wanted me to keep him updated the second half, so I was just keeping it loose and keeping it warm.”
On the opposite side of the ball, without Tyson Alualu, the Steelers battled to stop the run. Seven days in the wake of surrendering 265 hurrying yards to the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers permitted the Cowboys to pile up 144 yards. Indeed, even with Ezekiel Elliott eased back by a hamstring injury seven days sooner, the Cowboys found the middle value of 4.6 yards per convey behind Elliott and reinforcement Tony Pollard.
The Steelers additionally were cut up by Gilbert, the Cowboys’ fourth beginning quarterback this season. He finished 21 of 31 passes for 243 yards with one score and one block attempt. The Cowboys remained in front of the Steelers with four field objectives by Greg Zuerlein.
Confronting the association’s most noticeably awful surging guard, the Steelers had an occasion to run everywhere on the Cowboys. All things being equal, they set up only 46 surging yards. The exhibition comes seven days in the wake of overseeing only 48 hurrying yards against a standout amongst other surging safeguards.
Furthermore, it’s not simply that the Steelers weren’t running admirably – they weren’t running the ball much by any means. In spite of the fact that Roethlisberger endeavored 42 passes, the Steelers ran only multiple times for a normal of 2.6 yards per convey.
“We were looking at some of their defensive personnel groups, and we found that they didn’t have a lot of defense when we spread them out,” Tomlin said. “So it reduced the amount of things that we would have to see, so we were comfortable working in that space. That’s why we did it.”
The Steelers’ befuddled and stale offense began to discover a beat toward the finish of the second from last quarter and figured out how to score on the main play of the fourth on a 31-yard score pass from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster to pull inside four preceding Boswell missed the additional point.
“We went to that same package that we went to last week, that kind of four-wide and a tight end, and said, ‘Listen, let’s just go to work,’ and the line blocked,” Roethlisberger said. “I can’t say enough about the skill guys, the way that they’re able to do things on the fly and the line blocking.”
Be that as it may, the Steelers had all the earmarks of being running out of rebound sorcery as the unique groups surrendered a 64-yard the opening shot re-visitation of Rico Dowdle – the subsequent feature reel return for the Cowboys after C.J. Goodwin’s 73-yarder. With amazing field position, the Cowboys were on the cusp on another score when Fitzpatrick took out first-time starter Gilbert in the end zone on third-and-objective.
Roethlisberger got an opportunity to coordinate his initial 99-yard scoring drive after Fitzpatrick’s capture, however the veteran quarterback needed to make due with a field objective after his third-down endeavor was tipped.
Driving simply the second punt of the night, the Steelers got the show on the road back with 4:11 to go.
This time, Roethlisberger’s drive finished with a 8-yard score to tight end Eric Ebron, who leaped into the end zone to give the Steelers their first lead.
“I didn’t want to let my guys down,” Roethlisberger said. “I think so many times the line and guys are looking at me on the sideline, they’re like, ‘All right, Ben, we believe in you.’ I just don’t want to let them down. I want to give everything I have and fight. I wish that we didn’t have those fourth-quarter comebacks. I wish that I played better early in the games and that we were up and we didn’t have to do it. But that’s the way it is. If we have to have a situation like this where we have to score late or win in the fourth quarter, as long as we win, I’ll take it.”
T.J. Watt and Cam Heyward conveyed with a major sack of Gilbert on fourth-and-8, giving the Steelers the ball with 1:37 to go, however the Steelers actually needed to make one final protective remain after the offense couldn’t look after belonging. Notwithstanding Lamb’s 32-yard, toe-tap get with 30 seconds leftover and one last play from the 23 with four seconds left, the Cowboys couldn’t pull off the steamed.
“Every time we face adversity, we fight,” Ebron said. “Honestly. That’s the only thing I can tell you. I don’t give up. I try to pump so much energy into this team, and I feel like it works. I feel like it all comes together. In the end, I wouldn’t bet against us. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t bet against us.”