NFL Research: Cowboys at Steelers

Heading into Sunday's matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL Research gets you caught up with some key game facts for each team.

Game facts: Dallas Cowboys

Next Gen Stat:  QB Dak Prescott has a 132.3 passer rating when targeting WR Cole Beasley this season (highest QB-WR passer rating in the NFL, min. 50 targets). 

Dak vs. Big Ben:  Prescott has only attempted 25 passes of 20+ air yards this season (109.2 passer rating on such passes), while Ben Roethlisberger has attempted 48 (107.6 rating on such passes).

Easy road:  The Cowboys have faced the NFL's easiest strength of schedule this season, with their opponents combining for a win percentage of .369 (23-40-2). 

Where's Dez?:  Dez Braynt has 50 receiving yards or fewer in 10 of his 14 games played since 2015. 

Stingy defense:  The Cowboys are the only team in tne NFL that has not allowed either a 100-yard rusher or a 100-yard receiver this season. 

Game facts: Pittsburgh Steelers
 

Next Gen Stat:  Both Dallas and Pittsbugh struggle defending slot receivers. The Steelers have allowed 49 receptions to WRs out of the slot (5th-most in NFL) while the Cowboys have allowed 56 receptions (2nd-most). 

Should Ben watch out?:  Ben Roethlisberger leads all NFL starting QBs with 48 deep pass attempts (pass attempts of 20+ air yards). The Cowboys defense has allowed a 40.1 opponent passer rating on deep passes (3rd-best in NFL).

Struggling offense:  The Steelers have scored fewer than 20 points in each of their last three games (longest streak by Pittsburgh since Weeks 6-8, 2013). 

Tomlin dominates rookie QBs:  Rookie quarterbacks are 3-15 against the Steelers in the Mike Tomlin era (only rookie QBs to win: Carson Wentz, Brandon Weeden, Troy Smith). 

Pass rush could be an issue:  The Steelers have 11 sacks this season (T-fewest in the NFL), and the Cowboys have allowed just 11 sacks this year (T-fewest in NFL). 

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