The Cowboys face a challenge this week, and not just with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Jason Garrett said his team was emotionally spent after the weekend, beating the Bengals a day after a single-car wreck left practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown dead and nose tackle Josh Brent arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter charges.
"Someway you’ve got to channel those emotions," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said Thursday. "It happened so fast that a lot of that game was off of emotion. We’ve seen it when you look at Kansas City and what they went through. Every situation is different, especially in that circumstance. You don’t want to compare. But you’ve got to be able to channel that emotion and play your best football and prepare and get back as best you can. That’s going to be a tough challenge for us. I think our team is aware of it and doing everything we can to move forward."
The Chiefs beat Carolina in the game they played a day after linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before committing suicide in front of his coach and general manager at Arrowhead Stadium. But Kansas City lost 30-7 to Cleveland last week.
It is hard to compare the situations since Kansas City, at 2-11, is out of the playoff race, and the Cowboys are 7-6 and in the hunt. But the Cowboys could find it harder to get ready for this game than last week's when they were playing for the memory of Brown."That’s a good question," quarterback Tony Romo said. "I think you never know until you go through it sometimes. We know that this challenge is going to be ahead of us just because of a Pittsburgh unit that’s very outstanding. On defense, they’re No. 1 against the pass and No. 5 against the run. You see them on tape. I know some people might think because of one game, they’ve slipped a little. But that’s not who they are. They’re going to be very tough to deal with on Sunday. We have to do a lot of, we have to kind of counter some of the stuff they do, hopefully, with some new things. At the same time, we have to emotionally get ourselves to a point where you know this game is as big as any we’ve played all season."
-- Charean Williams