Steelers Roster Report

Dallas is one of only two teams Bill Cowher's Pittsburgh teams have never beaten. They are 0-2 against the Cowboys. The other team also is from Texas. The expansion Houston franchise is 1-0 against Cowher.

On the other hand, the Steelers are 2-2 against Bill Parcells: 1-0 as Giants coach, 1-2 with the Patriots.

Cowher, on fullback Dan Kreider, who has no carries and no receptions: "Danny Kreider has had a very good year. I see a lot of fullbacks in this league, and I wouldn't want any other fullback in this league than Danny Kreider."

October belongs to Christopher Columbus, Halloween and Bill Cowher. His teams own the month with a 34-13 record, a .723 winning percentage that is their best month since Cowher became their coach in 1992.

Cowher and Seattle's Mike Holmgren have nearly identical records since both became head coaches in the NFL in 1992. Cowher is 119-77-1, all with the Steelers. Holmgren is 119-77-0 with Green Bay and the Seahawks.

Stats: 83-1-1 - The record of Bill Cowher's teams when they grab a lead of 11 or more points.

Quote the Coach: "I think of all the coaches in the league, I look up to him as much as anyone. No one's any greater than him." - Bill Cowher on Bill Parcells.

Player Page: RB Duce Staley has 108 carries for 489 yards, already surpassing his full season totals in Philadelphia last season of 96-463.

RB Verron Haynes, in his third NFL season, has 19 carries and eight receptions. He had 30 carries and 10 receptions in his first two years combined. Haynes also leads the Steelers with nine solo special teams tackles.

QB Ben Roethlisberger's 91.3 passer rating ranks sixth in the AFC, and his average gain per pass of 8.45 yards ranks second in the AFC. His fourth-quarter passer rating of 118.1 ranks third in the AFC, and he's third at 108.3 on third downs.

RB Jerome Bettis can hear the footsteps behind him. Bettis, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history with 12,409 yards, is only 340 yards from passing Tony Dorsett for fifth. But Curtis Martin is closing fast and trails Bettis by only 238.

WR Hines Ward could become Pittsburgh's career receiving leader before the season's over. Ward, who leads the AFC with 34 receptions, has 459, 78 behind John Stallworth.

Play Book:  Run it, run it, run it. That was Bill Parcells' favorite expression with the Giants and it is Bill Cowher's today. The Steelers' ratio is about 2-1 run to pass and there's no reason to stop against the NFL's 24th-ranked run defense. On defense, the Steelers aren't worried about the Cowboys' running game as much as they are the passing game, even if they have had success through the years against Vinny Testaverde.

Key Matchups: CB Terence Newman of Dallas vs. WR Plaxico Burress. Newman plasters receivers and Burress is starting to break free again to make big plays ... QB Vinny Testaverde, known as Cousin Vinny in Pittsburgh, vs. a Steelers team that has his number: a 10-2 record against him through the years ... Dallas WRs Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn vs. Steelers corners Chad Scott and Deshea Townsend.

Injury Report: Safety Mike Logan (hamstring) joined QB Tommy Maddox (arm) and LB Kendrell Bell as scratches for the game in Dallas. Everyone else is listed as probable and will play: RB Duce Staley (groin), C Jeff Hartings (knee) and CB Deshea Townsend (Achilles). Either Ike Taylor or Russell Stuvaints will replace him in their dime defense.

Cowher said Maddox is on schedule in his recuperation from an elbow injury in the second game of the season, when a tendon and ligament were torn. The coach estimated that he could throw six weeks after the injury. That would allow him to start passing a football at the beginning of November.

"It is healing, and he is starting to strengthen it," Cowher said. "We are not close to throwing, yet."

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