NFL Week 15 Staff Picks & Predictions: Cowboys vs. Steelers

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Every week of the NFL regular season, we ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their picks and predictions for the upcoming Dallas Cowboy game. This week, we asked our experts for their predictions for Sunday’s game between our Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes the ball as San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget (94) and outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) close in during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The San Diego Chargers won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Federspiel, Staff Writer: The Cowboys are 4-1 in their last 5 games and have managed to keep their playoff hopes alive, despite having to overcome a heartbreaking tragedy and a seemingly endless string of injuries.  They are now in a part of the season where every game is a must-win situation if they wish to keep their destiny in their hands.  If the Cowboys offense can find balance, they have a real shot at winning this game and set themselves up for a meaningful December push. Cowboys 24, Steelers 21.

Tammy Garrett, Staff Writer: The Dallas Cowboys are coming off an emotional road win against Cincinnati. The ‘Boys will once again be fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive when the Pittsburgh Steelers roll into town Sunday afternoon. Although their defense is struggling, especially on third down conversions, they pull out a win on the strength of their passing attack. Dallas 21, Pittsburgh 17.

Mark Lane, Senior Writer -  Steelers and their belligerent, frontrunning fans come into Cowboys Stadium and do what they couldn’t do in Super Bowl XLV. Zone blitzes befuddle Dallas’ offensive line and Romo delivers a below average performance. Emmanuel Sanders torches the Cowboys’ back end, as Heath Miller exposes Ernie Sims and Dan Connor. All the Cowboys’ heart can’t save them, as it’s evident they need their injured talent to do that. Steelers win 27-17.

Alex Young, Staff Writer: On the surface, it says the Cowboys will be at home this week, but the trained fan knows otherwise. Few fans travel as well as Steeler fans and in this great rivalry, expect a large amount of “terrible towels” waving all game long. Both teams desperately need to win in order to keep playoff hopes alive, but Pittsburgh is coming off being embarrassed at home by the Chargers. The Cowboys have been very underwhelming at home this season and have struggled to get off to good starts. Playing a solid defense like Pittsburgh won’t make that task any easier, especially with an ailing Dez Bryant. The Steelers will run and pass the ball effectively en route to a close victory, Dallas just has too many key defensive injuries. Steelers 26 Cowboys 20.

Mike Burke, Staff Writer: Pittsburgh is currently in the 7th spot for the AFC playoffs. Their critical matchup is next week against Cincinnati. Then they close against Cleveland. If they win those last 2 games this week is inconsequential to them given the fact Cincy won last night. I won’t be surprised if they happen to be a little flat as they look to not sustain more injuries to try and finish strong. Dallas 27, Pittsburgh, 17.

Michael Huff, Staff Writer: This one is a real battle of defenses.  Cowboys win 21-10.

Todd Toombs, Senior Writer: The Steelers may be one of the only teams as beat up as the Cowboys.  Big Ben won’t finish the game and the Cowboys carve out a close win. Cowboys 20, Steelers 16.

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