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Boy does this defense miss Ike Taylor. Heck, they would've taken Cortez Allen at the least. But they had neither and the Steelers secondary had another rough day.
Keenan Lewis played another nice game, but left late with what appeared to be a groin injury. Josh Victorian looked out-matched and got run over on more than one occasion.
The lone bright spot in the secondary, as it has been all year, was safety Ryan Clark. Clark led the team with eight tackles and looked more like Troy Polamalu then, well, Troy Polamalu.
Tony Romo looked more like Tom Brady on Sunday afternoon. He completed over 70% of his passes for 341 yards and two scores. Romo also went on a streak where he hit 12 straight passes and moved down the field on the Steelers defense.
Pittsburgh needs to get Ike Taylor back as soon as they can and can't afford to lose Keenan Lewis for any period of time. If both are out, this might be the end of the Steelers season.
NOTABLE INDIVIDUAL GRADES
Keenan Lewis - B-
- Despite giving up an early touchdown, Lewis played a pretty clean game on Dez Bryant.
Josh Victorian - D
- I'm trying not to kill Victorian on his first start but it was a truly terrible game. Miles Austin had his way with Victorian and it looked like he was a Pop-Warner player on the big-boy field.
Ryan Clark - A-
- Never flashy but always effective. Clark should be a Pro Bowler for the way he's played this season.
Troy Polamalu - B+
- Very quietly, Polamalu had 7 tackles against Dallas and looks closer and closer to full strength.