Gay: 'We still have a chance'

Team effort: There is definitely disappointment over the 35-30 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, but that doesn't mean there isn't still hope that the Steelers can turn things around.

William Gay is one of those who believes the team has what it takes to do just that.

"With the leadership in here, with Ben (Roethlisberger), Deebo (William Gay), myself, Rob (Golden), and Cam (Heyward), we have all seen it and know we still have a chance," said Gay. "The counter hasn't blown up. With that chance it can bring a team to victory. That is what we need to do. It starts with a strong performance on Sunday. We do a great job in practice, but we aren't coming together and getting a team win.

"It's little things, but you have to credit the team you are playing too. When we are shooting ourselves in the foot, a penalty here, a dropped pass, missed tackle. Those are things we aren't getting right now. Those are easy things to fix, and when we fix it we are going to be a tough team to beat.

"I always try to preach to them we have to win together. One person can't win a game. That is what we have to do. Give a whole team effort all the way to victory."

No harm intended: On the Cowboys game-winning touchdown drive on Sunday they were aided by a 15-yard facemask call against rookie Sean Davis, giving them the ball at the Steelers 32-yard line. Nobody was more disappointed with the play than Davis, who said he was simply trying to tackle Jason Witten.

"I was trying to get him down," said Davis. "I was aiming for the shoulder pads and I got his facemask.

"I didn't want to hurt anybody, I didn't want to grab anyone's facemask, especially a detrimental penalty like that, 15 yards, 40 seconds left in the game. I never want to do that. It's a learning experience. I just have to learn from it.

"It ate me up a little bit last night. It's over. I will learn from it. You shouldn't see any more facemask penalties from me for a long time."

Mixed bag: Ladarius Green saw his first action in a Steelers uniform against the Cowboys on Sunday, finishing with three receptions for 30 yards.

But while he was happy to be back, he was also not thrilled with his performance.

"It did feel good. I finally got out there," said Green. "But I had a drop, so it was good and bad. I am just rusty. I have to get back into it. A game is way different than practice. I just have to get better.

"One game is a good step, I still have to polish it up. It will all come together."

Green did say he was no worse for the wear on Monday, and his ankle held up just fine. 

"I feel good, better than I thought I would," said Green. "It didn't get any worse."

Ratings hit: The Steelers-Cowboys game set an attendance record for a Steelers home game with 67,737 packing Heinz Field. It also was a ratings winner on television, as the game drew a 17.8 HH rating, the highest rated NFL game broadcast on any network in the 2016 season.

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