For the first since Ben Roethlisberger rookie season in 2004, Tony Romo will not be the starting quarterback for the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys.
Instead Dak Prescott, a rookie fourth round pick drafted out of Mississippi State is at the helm for the Cowboys.
It’s not like Prescott is replicating Roethlisberger’s rookie season.
The main difference is Roethlisberger did not have a loss until the AFC Championship game, where the Patriots cheated their way to their third Super Bowl in four years.
Prescott lost his first game replacing the wrecked Romo.
Looking at the statistics, Prescott is close to matching Ben’s rookie year at the halfway mark, with one glaring difference.
Prescott has only thrown two interceptions so far, while Roethlisberger threw 11 in the season.
Over the years, the Steelers have been known for their ability to shut down rookie quarterbacks with their confusing zone blitz 3-4 scheme.
In the 2012 matchup the Steelers fell to the Cowboys 27-24 in overtime at Jerryland.
The Cowboys hold the series edge 15-13,
What matters most is the Steelers hold a two to one edge in Super Bowl victories against the Cowboys.