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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys 11/8/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Dallas Cowboys on 11/8/2020 at 4:25PM.

Pittsburgh and Dallas face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Pittsburgh has a record of 7-0 this season. Dallas is 2-6 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Pittsburgh Team Defense Preview

Pittsburgh yields 5.6 plays per drive, this defense gives up 27.7 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 1.81 points per drive. On 29.5% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 16.7% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 28.5 and these drives usually take up 2:28 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 80.9 and 4.3% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Pittsburgh has caused a sack rate of 11.5% this season.

We will get more situational with Pittsburgh and examine various situations. They have faced 96 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 42 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 43.8%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 10 fourth down conversion attempts this season and opponents have converted 2 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 60.0%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 20 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 13 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 65.0%.

Pittsburgh Team Offense Preview

Pittsburgh has 6.0 plays per drive, they generate 30.3 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.50 points per drive. On 42.3% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 9.0% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 32.1 and these drives usually take up 2:55 of time.

6.1% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Pittsburgh and 1.6% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Pittsburgh has given up 10 sacks this season and there were 87 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 4.1 yards per carry and for 118.0 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 12 times this season.

Examining Pittsburgh in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 101 third down attempts this season and have converted 50 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 49.5%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 7 fourth down attempts this season and have converted 6 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 85.7%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 27 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 18 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 66.7%.

Dallas Team Defense Preview

Dallas faces 6.0 plays per drive, this defense gives up 33.5 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.66 points per offensive possession. 46.7% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 7.6% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 32.6 yard line, they usually take up 2:48 of time.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 101.8 against Dallas and on 1.2% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Dallas has forced a sack rate of 6.4% this season.

Examining Dallas in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 107 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 53 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 49.5%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 9 fourth down conversion attempts this season and opponents have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 71.4%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 30 Red Zone entrances this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 20 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 66.7%.

Dallas Team Offense Preview

Dallas has 6.7 plays per drive, this offense averages 34.8 yards per drive, and they score 1.97 points per offensive possession. 36.3% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 19.8% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 24.6 and these drives typically last 2:26.

3.1% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Dallas and on 2.0% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Dallas has yielded 24 sacks this season and this has resulted in 193 yards lost.

They rushed for 4.0 yards per carry and for 105.8 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 17 times this season.

Examining Dallas in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 103 third down attempts this season and have converted 41 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 39.8%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 17 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 9 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 52.9%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 25 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 14 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 56.0%.

The Pittsburgh Roster

The Players to Watch for Pittsburgh

Ben Roethlisberger QB 6-5 240

This season, Ben Roethlisberger has put up 1628 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 99.8thus far this season. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Ben Roethlisberger has 6 rushing yards, which puts him in the 23.21 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 17 times this season, which puts him in the 51.79 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

James Conner RB 6-1 233

This season, James Conner has 498 rushing yards on 110 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, James Conner picked up 125 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 18 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Chase Claypool WR 6-4 238

This season, Chase Claypool picked up 375 yards. He caught the ball 23 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 5 receiving touchdowns this season.

Cameron Heyward DT 6-5 295

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Pittsburgh, Cameron Heyward has 16 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 84.91 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Stephon Tuitt DE 6-6 303

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Pittsburgh, Stephon Tuitt has 17 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 92.98 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1.0 fumbles this season.

Terrell Edmunds SS 6-1 217

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Pittsburgh, Terrell Edmunds had 23 tackles which puts him in the 50.81 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Terrell Edmunds as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 26.0 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Mike Hilton CB 5-9 184

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Pittsburgh, Mike Hilton had 27 tackles which puts him in the 81.32 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 3 times this season. Mike Hilton as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 67.9 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Dallas Roster

The Players to Watch for Dallas

Ezekiel Elliott RB 6-0 228

This season, Ezekiel Elliott has 521 rushing yards on 132 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Ezekiel Elliott picked up 220 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 34 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Amari Cooper WR 6-1 210

This season, Amari Cooper picked up 588 yards. He caught the ball 54 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Neville Gallimore DT 6-2 304

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Dallas, Neville Gallimore has 3 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 31.13 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Aldon Smith DE 6-5 255

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Dallas, Aldon Smith has 22 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 5 times this season, which put him in the 85.96 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Xavier Woods FS 5-11 202

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Dallas, Xavier Woods had 26 tackles which puts him in the 59.68 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Xavier Woods as a ball hawker was able to pick off nan passes this season, which puts him in the nan percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Trevon Diggs CB 6-1 205

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Dallas, Trevon Diggs had 34 tackles which puts him in the 97.8 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Trevon Diggs as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 88.89 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 26 Dallas Cowboys 24

Spread Pick: Dallas +15 -110 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Pittsburgh -880 matchbook
Total Pick: Over 43 -116 BetOnline