Cowboys vs. Steelers: Can these 3 help pull off a miracle?

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The Dallas Cowboys will need great games from these three against the Steelers

The 2-6 Dallas Cowboys enter their Sunday afternoon matchup with the 7-0 Pittsburgh Steelers as extreme underdogs. And they’ll need to pull off a miracle or two if they are going to actually win it.

If the Cowboys are going to pull the upset in Week Nine, they’ll need the best game out of some of their key players. Here are three names we can think of who must be at the top of their game against the Steelers.

Tony Pollard, RB

With starting running back Ezekiel Elliott questionable for this matchup against the Steelers, the Cowboys will rely heavily on Tony Pollard in this game regardless if Zeke suits up or not. Many fans have wondered if the shifty and quick Pollard is better suited to run behind this makeshift offensive line in Dallas. And now they’ll get a chance to see if they’re right.

DeMarcus Lawrence, DE

The Cowboys signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to a massive five-year, $105 million contract extension last year for a reason. He was to be the main difference-maker for this defensive unit. And while Lawrence has done his normal war daddy-type things this season, Dallas will need his best game yet in order to compete against Pittsburgh.

Garrett Gilbert, QB

In Week Eight, the Cowboys’ defense posted their best game yet. The unit’s four turnovers kept the divisional contest against the Philadelphia Eagles within reach until midway through the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the poor quarterback play of rookie Ben DiNucci never allowed the Cowboys’ offense to get going, sinking all hopes of getting a critical NFC East victory.

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Using last week’s 23-9 loss as just the latest example, the Cowboys can’t win without decent quarterback play. And they’ll now turn to journeyman backup Garrett Gilbert to help provide that play in his first NFL start. If Gilbert plays anything like DiNucci did versus the undefeated Steelers on Sunday, this game is over before it even begins.