CANTON, Ohio — The Pittsburgh Steelers adopted a stumbling 1st fifty percent with a solid last 30 minutes to beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-3 on Thursday night in the to start with NFL preseason sport in two a long time.
Matthew Sexton’s 36-garden punt return early in the 3rd quarter leap-begun the Steelers, and the Cowboys never ever challenged just after it.
Very last season’s exhibition video games were being canceled thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. So it’s possible the enthusiastic group was an indicator that even for a match involving teams applying number of regulars, the hunger for pro soccer has not light.
Or perhaps it was simply a subject of two of the league’s most preferred franchises staying on the field in the Corridor of Fame recreation, irrespective of how a lot of backups ended up in action.
Not unexpectedly for the kickoff to the preseason, the activity was marked by spotty offense and distinctive teams — until eventually Sexton arrived as a result of. The two sides lacked timing with the ball, assisting every single protection.
Pittsburgh blocked a subject aim attempt by Hunter Niswander, and Steelers placekicker Sam Sloman skipped from 49 yards, as perfectly a botching an further point. Niswander also skipped from 52 yards and the opening fifty percent completed 3- thanks to Niswander’s 29-yarder.
Sexton’s runback led to a 4-lawn scoring run by a great deal-traveled managing back again Kalen Ballage, now with his fourth crew in as quite a few years. Sloman designed amends with a 48-yard area target soon after a 26-garden interception return by Donovan Stiner.
Dallas still left 16 vital gamers at its teaching foundation in California, but in the opening half nevertheless appeared excellent to Pittsburgh. Not so immediately after halftime.
The Steelers briefly employed these kinds of regulars as receivers Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson, linebacker Alex Highsmith and cornerback Cameron Sutton. Linebacker Micah Parsons, the Cowboys’ to start with-spherical draft select, saw some motion, as did ideal tackle La’el Collins.
But this was a night to glimpse at the again end of the roster. Equally defenses were being solid sufficient, with Pittsburgh’s vaunted go rush acquiring loads of pressure on Dallas QBs. Dwayne Haskins, trying to find a job just after flopping in Washington, quarterbacked most of the night time for the Steelers, however it was holdover Josh Dobbs who related on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Simmons to set it away.
Nineteen of the 20 dwelling inductees to the corridor ended up introduced in advance of the game. Only former Pittsburgh protection Troy Polamalu, who examined constructive for COVID-19 and whose attendance this weekend is uncertain, was not on hand.
Introduced ended up previous mentor Monthly bill Cowher, guard Alan Faneca and security Donnie Shell from Pittsburgh coach Jimmy Johnson, vast receiver Drew Pearson and security Cliff Harris from Dallas guard Steve Hutchinson, who was a standout for Minnesota and Seattle broad receivers Harold Carmichael of Philadelphia, Isaac Bruce of the Rams, and Calvin Johnson of Detroit safeties Charles Woodson, a star for Oakland and Green Bay, John Lynch of Tampa Bay and Denver, and Steve Atwater of Denver previous commissioner Paul Tagliabue coach Tom Flores, who won two Tremendous Bowls with the Raiders tackle Jimbo Covert of Chicago jogging back Edgerrin James of Indianapolis and some quarterback named Peyton. Peyton Manning of the Colts and Broncos, of system.
The Cowboys could possibly be the self-proclaimed America’s Workforce, but not when they invade Northeast Ohio. Confident, this is Browns territory, but it’s also just a two-hour ride from Pittsburgh.
So Hall of Fame Stadium was stuffed with black and gold, with a first rate smattering of blue and white for the Cowboys.
Normally, the loudest cheers from the group of 20,113 were reserved for Cowher, Shell and Faneca, previous Steelers stars.
Pittsburgh WR Chase Claypool was shaken up on a diving 45-lawn reception in the second quarter, but walked off by himself.
Dallas deal with Isaac Alarcon was helped off the subject in the 3rd period of time.
Dallas performs at Arizona next Friday evening.
Pittsburgh takes on the Eagles at Philadelphia up coming Thursday evening.