Pittsburgh Steelers versus Dallas Cowboys NFL Pro Football Pick 12-16-2012


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The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel for a week fifteen NFL pro football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. Kick off time from Dallas is set for 4:25PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.

The point spread opened up in this NFL game with a pick with an over under line of 44 points. Early money from the betting public has shown on the side of the home team as Dallas is still favored by -1 point. The total has moved up a ½ point to a current number of 44 ½ points.

This is the first meeting between Pittsburgh and Dallas since the 2008 season where the Steelers defeated the Cowboys 20-13 as a -4 point favorite. The game landed under 38 ½ points. NFL Trend: Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-0 to the over in their past three games.

Pittsburgh travels to Dallas with a record of 7-6 on the season. They are currently tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for the sixth seed in the AFC conference with just three games remaining. The Steelers are two games behind the Ravens for the AFC North division. The Steelers have struggled with three losses in their past four games. After an emotional three point road win at Baltimore the team hosted the San Diego Chargers and were beaten pretty soundly 34-24 as a -7 point favorite. The total landed over 37 ½ points. The Steelers fell behind 27-3 in the third quarter and failed in their comeback bid. Ben Roethlisberger returned from injury and threw for 285 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. He showed some rust in the first half and got on track in the second half. The Steelers defense allowed three touchdown passes to Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers. The Pittsburgh running games couldn’t help Big Ben out much as their running backs rush for 38 yards all game long. The Steelers still hold the top defense in the league with 262 yards allowed on the season. The issue for Pittsburgh has been the run game and with Rashad Mendenhall banged up they haven’t found anyone to produce consistent results.

The Dallas Cowboys enter play with a record of 7-6 on the season. The team is 3-3 on the road. They trail the New York Giants for the NFC East division by one game with three games remaining. With a healthy DeMarco Murray back in the lineup we have seen two straight wins by the Cowboys. Last week Dallas overcomes a nine point deficit as they outscore Cincinnati 10-0 in the fourth quarter to produce a 20-19 road win as a +3 ½ point underdog. The game went under 46 points. Tony Romo threw for 268 yards with a touchdown and pick in the game. The Dallas defense survived a game where they allowed Cincinnati to run for 146 yards and over 7 yards per rush attempt last week. The Cowboys has been good in pass defense allowing 217 yards per game which is 8th best in the league. Dallas will be challenged defending Mike Wallace and the Steelers receiving corps. Wallace had a big game for Pittsburgh last week.