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Washington QB Uncertainty Breathing Life Into Cowboys Playoffs Hopes

The Washington Football Team only has to win one of its last two regular-season games to eliminate the from playoff contention in 2020. But with uncertainty swirling around their quarterbacks right now, Washington is allowing to find new hope in a potential postseason appearance.

The Football Team's success this year has been heavily affected by the availability of at . Washington is 4-2 with Smith as starting QB and 2-6 with either or Kyle Allen atop the .

Smith had the Team That Plays Football on a four-game winning streak prior to missing last week's matchup with the with a calf . Haskins got back in the starting lineup and Washington got back to losing.

Now Haskins may be ineligible to play this Sunday against the after evidence has surfaced that he was violating COVID-19 protocols by going to a strip club unmasked following the Seattle game. There is no official word yet on his status.

Alex Smith's return from the calf injury, while reasonably hoped for, is not confirmed yet either. That could leave Washington with journeyman Taylor Heinicke or undrafted rookie Steven Montez as their only QBs for Ron Rivera's revenge date with the Panthers.

The Cowboys went into these final weeks of 2020 with little chance of catching up to Washington. They were down two games in the overall and then a third thanks to the Football Team's head-to-head tiebreaker from sweeping Dallas in their games this year. The Cowboys (5-9) have to finish a game better than Washington (6-8) to clinch the .

But last week saw those improve; Washington fell to Seattle and the Cowboys got a win against the 49ers. Strung with their win over the Bengals it gave Dallas their first back-to-back wins of 2020 and some momentum heading into this Sunday's showdown with the .

Of course, the hope train may still get derailed easily this weekend. It's not like 2020 has been the Cowboys' year for good fortune.

Dallas could easily drop their game with Philly now that is thriving as the new starting quarterback. And even if the Cowboys pull off the victory, Alex Smith's return could get Washington back on track and finish off Dallas' chances another way.

But as of now we don't know who will start at QB for Washington. hope is still alive and growing in one of the most depressing Cowboys seasons in recent . We'll see how far the fantasy can go.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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