Cowboys Gun for the Postseason


After finishing the first half of the regular season with a 3-5 record, the Dallas Cowboys have propelled themselves back into the playoff picture by winning five of their last six games. At 8-6, the Cowboys trail the Seahawks by one game in the NFC wild card race. With just two games remaining, every play and every moment’s significance is magnified as the Cowboys look for their first postseason berth since 2009.

The Steelers (7-6) are in search of their own playoff berth in the AFC, but enter this weekend’s showdown banged-up and in a bit of a slump, having lost three of their last four. Even with some starters sidelined, Pittsburgh will still present Dallas with a challenge, as the Steelers will bring in the best ranked pass defense into the week 15 match-up against a Tony Romo-led squad that loves to throw the football.

Dallas’ next test will come a week later at home against the down, but always dangerous New Orleans Saints (5-8). The Saints have had a disappointing 2012, but the Drew Brees-captained passing attack is still one of the best in the business, posting nearly 300 yards through the air per game and driving an offense that scores nearly 27 points per contest.

If Dallas can find a way to slip past the Steel Curtain and contain the Saints’ air raid, it will have the chance to defeat rival Washington (7-6) in what is sure to be a meaningful and memorable season finale. Led by two rookie sensations, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, the Skins will potentially by vying for the East title and a wild card spot as well come week 17. Depending on how things play out in the coming weeks, it may all come down to that game.

There’s no doubt it will be a tough road to the postseason for the embattled Dallas Cowboys, but if they continue to play with the fire and determination that has gotten them to this point, the sky is the limit for America’s Team.

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