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

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Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) tries to outrun Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen (29) after making a catch during the game at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Barger, Senior Writer: Terrible towels will be in force, as Pittsburgh always travels well.  This game (nor any other game in Cowboys Stadium) will not give the Cowboys home field advantage.  Dez Bryant will play, but how effectively?  Again the offense will sputter, the defense will be massacred, and Romo will lead a late drive full of impossible 3rd and 4th down conversions to setup a game winning Dan Bailey field goal. Cowboys win 24-21.

John Lavin, Staff Writer: The shorthanded Dallas defense does everything it can to keep the Cowboys in the game.  Cowboy, Wide Receiver, Dez Bryant catches a game winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys the victory. Cowboys 24, Steelers 23.

Michael Vu, Staff Writer: The Steelers are desperate right now. Coming off a lost, and having the Bengals in the rear-view mirror, parks too much pressure for the Steelers. The Cowboys on the other hand showed they can persevere through adversity over and over again. The Cowboys will curtain those Terrible Towels in yet another close one. Cowboys 23, Steelers 20.

Brad Austin, Senior Writer: The Cowboys recent whirlwind of emotions should be fizzling out soon in negative manner. From the Jerry Brown/Josh Brent tragedy, to the last second critical win in Cincinnati, and even the stressful weekly task of coordinating a piecemealed starting defense that can keep them in the ballgame.  With Pittsburgh seeking to revive their focus following the poor effort last week against San Diego, look for a highly motivated Steelers group.  Dallas should be running on emotional fumes by now, combine that with poor home efforts this season, and trouble looms.  The high intensity of the Steelers will prove too much for a Dallas bunch that has been hanging on the playoff edge for a while now.  Pittsburgh 27, Dallas 20

Artie Cappello, Senior Writer: The Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Arguably, the 2 most popular teams in the NFL.  They have been to more super bowls between them than any other teams, with the Steelers having more success lately. This year, both are fighting to break out of mediocrity.  I don’t feel good about the Cowboys chances, but I’ll pick them in a squeaker anyway.  Cowboys 21, Steelers 20.

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