Week 13 outcomes clear Cowboys outlook for rest of 2020

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Week 13 of the NFL season made the Dallas Cowboys’ outlook clearer

The Dallas Cowboys‘ outlook for this year has gotten a bit clearer following the events of this past week. And that’s due to the surprising outcome of some games in the NFC East.

Some called it a major upset, others saw it coming from a mile away. Either way, the Washington Football Team defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday evening, 23-17, to stay on course with the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East.

The Steelers have been referred to as frauds by some in the media, benefiting from a less-than-stellar schedule. While Pittsburgh was 11-0 heading into Monday’s game, not all of the wins have been pretty.

In fact, every NFC East team, besides the Giants all the way back in Week One, gave the Steelers some fits. The Philadelphia Eagles were down 31-29 to Pittsburgh until a 35-yard touchdown by rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with three minutes left in the game iced the win for the Steelers.

Led by quarterback Garrett Gilbert, the Cowboys were also a handful for Pittsburgh back in Week Nine, losing 24-19 after a 15-point fourth-quarter by the Steelers put them over the top. A big-time tackle by defensive end Randy Gregory of Pittsburgh running back James Connor gave Gilbert one more shot at the win.

But, ultimately, going 81 yards with zero timeouts was too tall a task for Gilbert in his first career NFL start, with the game ending on the very last play of the game, an incompletion in the end zone from the Steelers’ 23-yard line.

This brings us to the Washington Football Team who, against tall odds, pulled out the win over the undefeated Steelers. Washington’s offense continues to stumble, but that defensive line has proven multiple times this season, especially against Dallas, that they are the real deal.