But with Prescott rolling on an eight-game win streak, the Cowboys do not want to mess with the good thing, especially with Dallas among the title contenders after only one winning season in the past six campaigns.
(AP Photo/Fred Vuich). Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hands off the Ezekiel Elliott (21) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Bryant chose to play and paid tribute by pointing to the sky after his pretty 50-yard touchdown grab. Elliott finished with three touchdowns, one being the go-ahead TD with nine seconds to go in the game, and 95 rushing yards. No matter. Two plays later Elliott took a screen pass, picked up a couple of blocks and ran 83 yards to put Dallas right back in it.
But, as he has shown so many other times this year, Elliott can do more than just run the ball. With the help of a facemask penalty on the Steelers, the Cowboys gained 15 more yards. It ultimately didn't matter.
When Brown was pushed out of bound at the Dallas 20 on the final play, the Cowboys had perhaps their most impressive victory of an increasingly surprising season.
High praise from the franchise quarterback, who before Sunday's victory reportedly was OK with backing up Prescott. In October, Roethlisberger wondered aloud whether the Steelers' physical practices contributed to a multitude of player injuries over the last two years.
The typically unflappable rookie was shaky early. Roethlisberger threw for 400 yards, 3 touchdowns, no interceptions; the team still lost.
MVP candidate Ezekiel Elliott celebrates his 32-yard touchdown to win the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on November 13, 2016.More news: Donald Trump caught checking Melania votes for him
"Not enough discipline and detail to our game to be victorious", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. It is the Steelers' longest skid since they went 0-4 to begin the 2013 season. It was reminiscent of Marino's famous play against the New York Jets in 1994.
The Cowboys answered with their biggest moment of the game.
"We really were just trying to run the ball, run the time down and kick the game-winning field goal", Elliott said.
It stopped abruptly against the Cowboys.
Simmons says Denver calls the play, "Leaper", and was "something we worked on all week".
"That's what one of the guys said in the huddle, 'It's just another Thursday, ' " wide receiver Cole Beasley said, "because Thursday is the day we do two-minute all the time". I think if we had the right attitude, we can use this as a learning experience. The Cowboys would be taking a mammoth $19.6 million hit to their salary cap in "dead" money next season if they release Romo, but carrying Romo's scheduled $24.7 million cap charge in 2017 for a backup looks wholly unworkable, too. Pittsburgh, 30-29, after a missed two-point conversion.