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PITTSBURGH -- Tony Romo will be back in uniform next Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys host the Baltimore Ravens. Samson Ebukam Womens Jersey .The leading passer in franchise history however, wont be under center. As much respect as owner Jerry Jones has for Romo, even Jones isnt going to go away from one of the hottest hands in the NFL, one that has the streaking Cowboys atop the NFC East with no signs of slowing.Its your job for now, Dak Prescott.A few more games like the 319-yard, two-touchdown performance in Sundays 35-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and it may be yours for good.I think the longer he plays like this, the more we have a chance to have another win, Jones said. Everybody here wants to do one thing and thats win. And theres nobody that would introduce any other issue or any other consideration than doing what it takes to win the game.Romo included, apparently. Though Romo is practicing and fully recovered from the back injury he suffered in August, Jones plans to stick with Prescott with the Cowboys (8-1) riding an eight-game winning streak. While running back Ezekiel Elliott scored twice in the final 2 minutes of a wild fourth quarter to bring Dallas back a pair of one-point deficits, Jones was equally awed by the ease with which Prescott handled the pressure against a team desperate to right itself.Prescott went 9 for 10 over the final two Dallas drives, standing in the face of the Pittsburgh pass rush like a player whos been around for more than just a couple of months.He was outstanding, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. Its contagious throughout our team. Guys believed in him. Everyone believed in each other.Other takeaways as Dallas matched the longest single-season winning streak in team history while the Steelers (4-5) dropped their fourth straight.ZESTY ZEKEElliott, the other Dallas rookie, found the going tough until late in the fourth quarter. Then, the NFLs leading rusher with the relentlessly churning legs buried Pittsburgh. His first touchdown, a 14-yard dash down the right sideline, put the Cowboys up 29-24. His second, a 32-yard sprint right up the middle , came on a simple play when he was just trying get the ball a little closer for kicker Dan Bailey. Instead, Elliott found nothing but a large swath of green in front of him.It parted like the Red Sea, Elliott said. All I had to do was run.FOR YOU, DADDallas wide receiver Dez Bryant caught six passes for 114 yards and a score , his most productive game of the season. Bryants breakout came just a day after the death of his father, MacArthur Hatton. Bryant chose to play and paid tribute by pointing to the sky after his pretty 50-yard touchdown grab.I dont know how you being to understand how someone can perform at that level dealing with such an emotional thing in their life, Garrett said. He was locked in. He was very passionate throughout the ball game.ACCOUNTING ISSUES?Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 408 yards and three scores to move into 10th on the NFLs all-time list for career touchdown passes (292), slipping by Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas and Warren Moon. Yet it wasnt enough to lift Pittsburgh to its first victory in more than a month.Roethlisberger said the Steelers were undisciplined and not accountable. When asked what he meant by accountable, Roethlisberger didnt exactly provide specifics on where his team was lacking.Just a feel, he said.MARINO 2.0Roethlisberger channeled Hall of Famer Dan Marino late in the fourth quarter, faking a spike and instead lobbing a 15-yard scoring pass to Brown that put Pittsburgh in front with 42 seconds left. It was reminiscent of Marinos famous play against the New York Jets in 1994 . However, the exception is the Dolphins won and the Steelers didnt.(Offensive coordinator) Todd (Haley) was in my head yelling `Dont waste a down, Roethlisberger said. But I knew what we were doing, so Im glad it worked.UP NEXTCowboys: Will go for their ninth straight victory on Sunday against the Ravens. Dallas has never won nine consecutive games in one season in the franchises 57-year history. There have been a lot of great teams and championship teams that have come through in the last 57 years, Garrett said. Thats certainly something to comment on. Its been a good streak for us.Steelers: On the surface, a trip to 0-10 Cleveland would be the perfect elixir. Yet, Pittsburgh has struggled on the road this season. The Steelers are 1/3 away from Heinz Field this season, the lone victory coming in the season opener against Washington.---For more NFL coverage: and Josh Reynolds Rams Jersey . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. Cooper Kupp Jersey . -- Ken Appleby made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action. LOS ANGELES -- The second he heard the phrase moment of truth, you could see the brain cells smoldering in Joe Maddons head. The look on his face said it all. Nope, wasnt going there. Couldnt possibly go there.Im so bad at drawing lines in the sand, he said.What he meant, of course, was that this was no time for any manager to draw that line. But whether he drew it or not, there was no way to escape it. For the 2016 Chicago Cubs, this was that moment of truth. This was a place theyd never been. This was a feeling theyd never felt.Shut out two games in a row for the first time all year. Suddenly, shockingly, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers?two games to one in the National League Championship Series. And facing the sort of test that all great teams need to pass if theyre going to prove theyre as good as they think they are.For me, its about putting this one in the wastebasket, come back and play tomorrow, Maddon said Tuesday night, after his offense had been dominated again in a 6-0 loss that represented their most lopsided shutout of the year. Its one day at a time. Ive preached that all season long. ... So I cant get so dramatic about it.?OK, cool. We get it. Getting dramatic, thats our job. So cue the strobe lights and the trumpets. Here is what makes this moment so critical for the Cubs:In the history of best-of-seven postseason series that were tied 1-1, the team that lost Game 3 has come back to win the series just 29.5 percent of the time.In the League Championship Series, that rate drops to 27.3 percent.And then theres this: Over the past 30 years, seven teams like the Cubs have found themselves in this precarious position -- down 2-1 in a best-of-seven series -- after winning 100 games that season. Only two have come back to win -- the 1995 Indians and the 1998 Yankees (both in the ALCS).Those are tough odds. And these are tough moments. But coincidentally, a man who played for those 1998 Yankees was in Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, watching the Cubs go down again. And no one had to remind Jeff Nelson what it felt like to be in this position.He remembered it vividly. Remembered exactly what it felt like to have to win Game 4 of that ALCS on the road, in Cleveland, against a team that had eliminated them the year before. Except there was one big difference between those Yankees and these Cubs, Nelson said Tuesday.Their expectation level was a lot different than ours, said Joe Torres prime right-handed setup man, because they havent won since 1908. ... They won 103 games, and I think now theyre feeling that pressure.Torre has said many times that the one time those 114-win Yankees felt anything resembling that pressure was in that ALCS, when they fell behind 2-1 and found themselves facing their first real must-win game of the year. So what happened in that must-win Game 4? El Duque happened.Orlando Hernandez went to the mound and spun seven shutout innings. And once El Duque won, Nelson said, then it was over.Once he won Game 4, we felt the momentum shift, Nelson said, and we went back to doing what we did in the regular season. And you know what? The Indians felt it too. I remember standing around the batting cage the next day, and some of those Indians players said, Now youre going to win. Im not going to name names. But one or two of those guys actually said that.Well, the Cubs dont have El Duque to send to the mound Wednesday night. But they will have a man who has started more postseason games (22) than any active pitcher. That man is John Lackey. And his team has never needed him more.Those 1998 Yankees scored a run for El Duque in the top of the first inning. Then their starting pitcher wouldnt let them lose. And that is the sort of game these Cubs desperately need to play -- after scoring in none of their past 18 innings and just one of their past 24.When you dont score, youre not in control of the game, and youre going to lose, said the Cubs Chris Coghlan in a clubhouse full of players trying to maintain a confident face. Thats just going to be a fact. But I think when we get some runs and push them across, then obviously, thats how you get control of the game. Thats what we did all year.Then again, what they did all year was roll out one of the best offenses in baseball, a lineup that scored more runs than any National League team except the Rockies. Josh Reynolds Womens Jersey. . But the postseason, Coghlan said, is totally different than the regular season, because youre going to get everyones best. And so far, their best has been overwhelming the Cubs best.To be a great team, to be a win-the-World-Series team, you need to score against good pitching and beat good pitching. And in this postseason, outside of a couple of eruptions, these Cubs havent scored and havent hit. Which is how theyve gotten themselves into this mess.Theyve batted .185 as a team in this postseason. Theyve batted .161 in the NLCS. And against left-handed pitching, theyve been even worse, hitting .152 overall and a mind-boggling .106 (5-for-47) in the NLCS. Which is kind of a big deal, because yet another left-handed starter, Julio Urias, will be waiting for them Wednesday night, after taking notes on what Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill have done to the Cubs in the past two games.But the left-handed members of the species arent the Cubs only issue. Theyre also seeing more off-speed stuff in fastball counts than they saw all year and not adjusting real well. During the regular season, these hitters saw non-fastballs in just 28 percent of all hitters counts (2-0, 3-0, 2-1, 3-1 and 1-0). In the NLCS, the Dodgers have nearly doubled that rate to 48 percent. It hasnt gone too hot.I havent really noticed a difference, said Kris Bryant, the one Cub who has actually hit like himself (.333) in this series. But I dont like to pay too much attention to that kind of stuff. I leave that up to you.OK, thats fine too. Were happy to do all that math for him. But heres what is up to him and his buddies: Getting back to work Wednesday and reminding themselves of what they did all year and how they did it.Those 1998 Yankees did that by holding a meeting before every game of that postseason, Nelson said. And in those meetings, their manager, Torre, had a way of restoring order when it was needed most.He had unbelievable confidence in the way we played, Nelson said. He had unbelievable confidence in his players. He never said, We have to do this, or not to do that. There was nothing negative at all. We won 114 games. But those 114 wins have to be in the back of your mind. You cant think, Wed better win because weve got to complete this great year. Joe had that confidence, and it carried over to us.So now maybe its up to another manager named Joe to somehow transmit that same feeling to these Cubs. And Joe Maddon seemed to understand that intuitively Tuesday night.Theyre going to react to how Im going to react, Maddon said. Ive always believed that. Ive always thought, for me, regardless of the situation, that I have to be consistent when I walk into the room. They have to see consistency from me, which hopefully theyre going to be able to do. But beyond that, man, like I said, there is not a whole lot to do except come out and play again tomorrow.So is this their moment of truth? You decide. On one hand, Bryant observed hopefully, this isnt anywhere near as bad as being down 3-0, as they were in last years NLCS to the Mets. But on the other hand, these are the facts:This is a team that spent one day of this entire season out of first place. And that day was April 8. Then the 2016 Cubs hit the accelerator. They started 8-1. And 17-5. And 25-6. They held a nine-game lead in their division by May 14. And they never led by fewer than five games at any point in their last 115 games.So has there been any game since last years NLCS that carried the weight of the game they will play Wednesday at Chavez Ravine? That answer is nope. So this is that moment, when we find out what theyre really all about.Teams that win the whole thing always have games that define them, Coghlan said. They always have games you look back on and say, Holy cow, I cant believe they won that game, or, How did they pull out of that? Well, I feel like weve had a couple of those already. ... And I think every person in this locker room feels like well have a couple more of those in us now. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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