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Looking back at how the San Diego Chargers diced up the Steelers, the Cowboys present just as much potential.
After all, Tony Romo and Co. are more consistently explosive than Philip Rivers and the Cowboys are in the postseason mix.
Depending on whether Dez Bryant plays, though, will be a factor of Big D's offensive production. In an article by Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram:
Bryant has not caught passes this week and will not do so on Thursday, because the finger still is swollen. But [Jason] Garrett said Bryant will try to do so at some point, possibly even waiting until game day.
"We are going to give him every chance to play," Garrett said. "If that is wait til Saturday (to catch passes), then we will wait til Saturday. If it's wait til Sunday, it's wait til Sunday. We will give him every chance to do it."
Bryant's presence out wide is vital to Dallas' offense because regardless of production his impact allows for balance. Defenses have to account for him going deep, so the Cowboys can enjoy more success on the ground without that extra defender in the box.
Combine the elements of Pittsburgh's defensive capabilities and Dallas remaining inconsistent at running the ball, Bryant changes that complexion. He'll force Pittsburgh on its heels and open up Witten and Miles Austin elsewhere.
Plus, keeping a sound defense such as the Steelers honest is the key to offensive efficiency and ball control.