You just never know.
The Cowboys were heavy underdogs to the Steelers. Garrett Gilbert is the team’s fourth starter this season, and, until Sunday, he had never started a game. In fact, he had taken only 21 career snaps and thrown only six career passes.
But Gilbert has outplayed Ben Roethlisberger, and the Dallas defense has outplayed the Pittsburgh defense.
The Cowboys have a surprising 13-0 lead.
Gilbert threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb to end the Cowboys’ touchdown drought. Their last touchdown came late in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the Cardinals in Week 6.
Gilbert, an NFL journeyman, is 7-of-10 for 89 yards and the touchdown. He also has three rushes for 28 yards.
Roethlisberger is only 6-of-10 for 36 yards.