Pittsburgh faithful will not get to see hometown son Ben DiNucci on Sunday when the Steelers take on the Dallas Cowboys.
DiNucci is not dressed for the Cowboys, as head coach Mike McCarthy will go with just two quarterbacks in his gameday roster: Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush.
DiNucci, a Pittsburgh native and Pine-Richland and Pitt alum, was the Cowboys’ seventh-round pick and third-string quarterback this season. He was thrust into duty after injuries to Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton, who was later placed on the COVID-19 list.
The Cowboys had trouble protecting DiNucci after he started their Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Mike McCarthy announced this week that he did not think it wise to start the rookie against the Steelers’ formidable pass rush. Gilbert is expected to start.
Also not dressed for the Cowboys are linebacker Joe Thomas, defense end Bradlee Anae, fullback Sewo Olonilua, safety Reggie Robinson and wide receiver Malik Turner.
From the Steelers Locker Room: Ben Roethlisberger Admits Offensive Struggles, Defends Receivers
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger answered questions from the media, including Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, after his team’s 19-14 win over the Ravens.
Roethlisberger admitted the offensive struggles, defended his receivers and expressed moving focus to getting better.
Steelers Postgame Show: Steelers Move on From Ravens with Sloppy Win
After several postponements and an extremely bizarre week plus leading up to the game, the Steelers now move on from Week 12 still undefeated after a 19-14 win over the Ravens.
Host Mike Asti was joined by Steelers Now colleague Cale Berger on Pittsburgh Postgame on Pittsburgh Sports Live to discuss everything that was the sloppy Wednesday afternoon game. Have the Steelers slowly been exposed this season despite winning? Does the running game need fixed for this team to make a championship run (no pun intended)? Mike and Cale answer those questions and more while evaluating just how good the 11-0 Steelers actually are.
They couldn’t fully move on without talking about some questionable decisions by the NFL in continuously moving this game but not others around the league.
Mike Tomlin Unloads on Steelers ‘Disappointing’ Performance in Win over Ravens
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated their arch rivals on Wednesday afternoon, beating the Baltimore Ravens 19-14 to sweep the season series against Baltimore for the second time in 11 seasons and improve to an AFC- and NFL-leading 11-0 on the 2020 season.
None of that made Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin very happy.
Despite the victory, the Steelers played a sloppy football game, with two turnovers, big plays against the defense and a plethora of dropped passes that conspired to keep the depleted Ravens in the game far longer than they should have been.
Tomlin did not pull any punches in letting his team and the public know how disappointed he was in the performance, even after a win.
“To be bluntly honest, I’m really disappointed in our performance tonight,” Tomlin said to lead off his postgame press conference. “We did enough to win, but that’s all. It was really junior varsity, to be quite honest with you. It was in all three phases.
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“We couldn’t run the ball effective when we needed to. We dropped too many significant passes — very catchable, makable passes. We didn’t make significant plays in the special teams game. Our kickoff coverage unit wasn’t good enough. We turned the damn ball over. We gave up big plays in critical moments on defense. Can’t have it. They converted a long run on a possession down before the half. Unacceptable. They had a 70-yard touchdown late in the game. Unacceptable.
“We’re fortunate tonight. It’s good to proceed with the victory. I acknowledge that. But not a lot happened tonight to be proud of or be excited about.”
Tomlin would not accept the almost insane set of circumstances leading up to the game, with it postponed three times and finally played at 3:40 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, as an excuse for his team’s play.
When asked specifically about the offense’s struggles with dropped passes and in the red zone, Tomlin was just as blunt and even more concise:
Tomlin add that he could not recall the last time he was this upset after a win.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I know this one is pretty frustrating.”