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Mike Prisuta’s Steelers Radio Network Pregame Show Monologue

The Steelers spent last season trying to function without franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Cowboys are spending this season telling the Steelers to hold their beer.

It’s a longneck.

From Dak Prescott to Andy Dalton to Ben DiNucci and now to … a fourth starter through nine games.

That’s a problem Jerry Jones’ billions can’t fix.

That’s a deal-breaker Mike McCarthy’s Greenfield-honed coaching chops can’t scheme around.

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be these Cowboys.

It’s deeper than just quarterback ineptitude deep in the heart of Texas.

The offensive and defensive lines look nothing like what the eyes of Texas initially envisioned. Injury, inconsistency, ineffectiveness, musical chairs; the most desperate of desperados can’t ride those fences.

Remember the Alamo? It hasn’t gone quite that well for the Cowboys up front.

NBC’s Al Michaels described the Dallas defense as having been “shredded and annihilated” this season while broadcasting last Sunday night’s Cowboys’ loss in Philadelphia.

Michaels’ “pardner,” Cris Collinsworth, assessed the offensive play-calling as a combination of “pee wee football” and gadgetry the likes of which “nobody’s ever seen before.”

There’s too much hat and not enough Cowboy in Dallas.

Sometimes you get a horse that just can’t be rode.

Are you ready for some football?

Mike Tomlin has insisted the Steelers won’t get ambushed by over-confidence, even as they transition from three consecutive Five-Star Matchups to a Lone-Star Layup.

This isn’t his first rodeo.

Theoretically, at least, anything can still happen. The Steelers lost to the expansion Houston Texans in 2002 in a game in which Bill Cowher’s team out-gained a clearly overmatched opponent, 422-to-47. So this one comes up just short of a lock.

But when the horse is out of the barn and you’re destined to get the horns and not the bull, even clear eyes and full hearts aren’t nearly enough.

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