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Cowboys @ Steelers: Statistical Tendencies Of Both Teams

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The Dallas Cowboys have a big showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers this afternoon. Our friends over at Inside Edge gave us some statistical tendencies and nuggets for each team. Enjoy!

Cowboys

Offense

Dallas Cowboys RBs have averaged 136.6 Rushing Yards per game (1,093/8) this season (NFL Rank: 1st of 32; League Avg: 91.1)

The Cowboys have thrown the ball 33.7% of the time (84 Pass Attempts/249 Plays) on 1st down this season (NFL Rank: 32nd of 32; League Avg: 48.5%)

The Cowboys have converted first downs on just 12 of 47 plays (25.5%) on 3rd down over the past four weeks (NFL Rank: 28th of 32; League Avg: 39.5%)

Dak Prescott has completed 69.0% of passes (49 Completions/71 Attempts) on 3rd down this season (NFL Rank: 4th of 32 Qualified QBs; League Avg: 59.1%)

Dak Prescott has a passer rating of 105.5 on passes to the right side (113 Pass Attempts) this season (NFL Rank: 4th of 40 Qualified QBs; League Avg: 87.4)

Dak Prescott has completed 73.4% of passes (58 Completions/79 Attempts) on plays starting between the opposing 21 and 50 yard lines this season (NFL Rank: 1st of 33 Qualified QBs; League Avg: 62.9%)

Ezekiel Elliott has averaged 22.0 carries per game (176 carries / 8 games) this season (NFL Rank: 1st of 43 Qualified RBs; League Avg: 7.9)

Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for 10 or more yards on 20 of his 116 carries (17.2%) on 1st down this season (NFL Rank: 6th of 53 Qualified RBs; League Avg: 10.4%)

Ezekiel Elliott has averaged 7.8 Yards per Target (155 Yards/20 Targets) this season (NFL Rank: 4th of 36 Qualified RBs; League Avg: 6.0)

Dez Bryant has averaged 13.0 Yards per Reception (65 Yards/5 Catches) on plays in the red zone since last season (NFL Rank: 1st of 34 Qualified WRs; League Avg: 7.4)

Cole Beasley has caught 96 of 128 passes when targeted (75.0% Reception Pct) since last season (NFL Rank: 2nd of 45 Qualified WRs; League Avg: 59.8%)

Jason Witten has caught 4.8 receptions per game (116/24) since last season (NFL Rank: 5th of 44 Qualified TEs; League Avg: 2.3)

Defense/Special Teams

The Cowboys defense has allowed 20 or more yards on just 3 of 54 receptions (5.6%) in short yardage situations since last season (NFL Rank: 1st of 32; League Avg: 13.7%)

The Cowboys defense has allowed just 5.7 Yards per Target (385 Yards/68 Targets) on 3rd down this season (NFL Rank: 2nd of 32; League Avg: 7.2)

The Cowboys defense has a Turnover Percentage of just 1.5% (22 / 1,459) since last season (NFL Rank: 30th of 32; League Avg: 2.2%)

Steelers

Offense

The Steelers have thrown the ball 71.6% of the time (63 Pass Attempts/88 Plays) on 3rd and short since last season (NFL Rank: 1st of 32; League Avg: 52.8%)

Steelers RBs have averaged just 2.6 Yards per Carry (103 Yards/39 Carries) in the 1st quarter this season (NFL Rank: 32nd of 32; League Avg: 4.0)

Ben Roethlisberger has averaged 16.1 Yards per Completion (611 Yards/38 Completions) on 3rd down this season (NFL Rank: 2nd of 32 Qualified QBs; League Avg: 12.0)

Ben Roethlisberger has completed 77.2% of passes (78 Completions/101 Attempts) with 7-10 yards to go over the past four weeks (NFL Rank: 2nd of 38 Qualified QBs; League Avg: 63.2%)

Le'Veon Bell has averaged 6.1 Yards per Carry (431 Yards/71 Carries) on rushes to the left side since last season (NFL Rank: 1st of 47 Qualified RBs; League Avg: 4.4)

Le'Veon Bell has been targeted 9.2 times per game (46/5) this season (NFL Rank: 1st of 36 Qualified RBs; League Avg: 2.3)

Antonio Brown has averaged 105.2 Receiving Yards per game (2,630/25) since last season (NFL Rank: 2nd of 45 Qualified WRs; League Avg: 37.3)

Antonio Brown has 191 receptions in 24 games (8.0 per game) since 2015  -- most among WRs. Dallas has allowed 15.0 receptions per game to WRs (fourth most in NFL).

Sammie Coates has averaged 13.0 Yards per Target (286 Yards/22 Targets) on plays to the right side this season (NFL Rank: 2nd of 51 Qualified WRs; League Avg: 7.2)

Defense/Special Teams

The Steelers defense has allowed a passer rating of just 74.6 on plays in the red zone (149 Pass Attempts) since last season (NFL Rank: 2nd of 32; League Avg: 93.9)

The Steelers defense has allowed just 3.9 Yards per Carry (793 Yards/203 Carries) on plays out of the shotgun since last season (NFL Rank: 2nd of 32; League Avg: 4.8)

The Steelers defense has allowed 24.8 receptions per game (646/26) since last season (NFL Rank: 30th of 32; League Avg: 22.7)