In the Groove

The Cowboys feel like they are hitting a groove offensively. They've won three straight games and scored 69 points in their past two victories.

Tony Romo has passed for over 300 yards in each of the past two games. Wide receivers Terrell Owens and Roy Williams and tight end Jason Witten are all involved.

The Cowboys look like the offense they were expected to be at the start of the season. It couldn't come at a better time as the Cowboys are making a December push to the playoffs against some of the league's best defenses, starting Sunday against the Steelers, who have the league's top-ranked defense.

After facing Pittsburgh, the Cowboys will play the Giants, who own the league's No. 3 defense, then they'll play the Ravens, whose defense ranks No. 2. The Cowboys will finish the season against Philadelphia and a defense that's ranked seventh in the league.

"I think we have done some good things," Romo said. "We have some good personnel. I think we have figured some things out ... that schematically is better."

Said Owens: "We're starting to do some things we're capable of. I think you guys are starting to see some of the flashbacks of what we're capable of doing. We've just got to continue to do that."

The Cowboys have been good in large part because Romo returned from a broken right pinkie three games ago. He is now pain free and won't wear a splint on his pinkie against Pittsburgh.

Romo is playing as well as he has ever played. He now his six 300-yard games in nine starts this year, one shy of his club record of seven in a season he set last year.

"He's playing as good as I have seen him play," tight end Jason Witten said. "Not just with his throwing but his total efforts at quarterback and his leadership, the tempo he brings. He just makes plays."

"When you get a guy like Tony back with his ability and you give him time, he's able to do some of the things that he's capable of," Owens said. "I mean, he's played some good football. I wouldn't know how to assess his play overall. I mean, we're getting there. Yeah. That's always a breath of fresh air, especially knowing he's playing that way and he's not totally 100 percent and he's getting better week to week."

Romo will have to be at his best on Sunday against the Steelers. They have not allowed more than 300 yards to an opponent all season and have been great against the pass, giving up just 166.8 yards per game.

Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning's 240 passing yards were the most the Steelers have allowed this season. Last week they held Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel to 166 passing yards. Cassel came into the game after back-to-back 400-yard performances.

"Pittsburgh hasn't given up any run or pass and pretty much dismantled the teams they've been playing," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "New England had 500 yards two weeks in a row and they just demolished them on the road. It's going to be a test for us."

SERIES HISTORY: 27th regular-season meeting. Dallas leads the series 14-12. Pittsburgh won the last meeting 24-20 in 2004. Dallas has won four of the past five games.

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