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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 Dallas Cowboys from playoff contention in 2020. But with uncertainty swirling around their quarterbacks right now, Washington is allowing Cowboys fans to find new hope in a potential postseason appearance.

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

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

Now Haskins may be ineligible to play this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers 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 standings 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 NFC East.

But last week saw those odds improve; Washington fell to Seattle and the Cowboys got a win against the 49ers. Strung with their Week 14 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 Philadelphia Eagles.

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 Jalen Hurts 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’ playoffs 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 history. We’ll see how far the fantasy can go.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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  1. I know it seems like it’s Alex Smith that’s behind the wins for the WFT, but it’s got very little to do with it!! It’s their defense that’s helping them win those games!! Having Alex Smith at QB is pretty much just making it easier for them to get the wins!! Yeah, they lost against the seahawks last week, but even with Dwayne haskins at QB, they still only lost by a couple points!! And that’s against a really good team!! They’re going to be playing the panthers this week, and let’s be honest…. The panthers are definitely not no seahawks!! I think the football team will win this game no matter who they have at QB!! But that’s just my opinion!! Our Cowboys will not be making it to the playoffs this season!! And in my opinion, I actually hope we lose out the rest of the way cause I don’t want anybody in our division to get a higher draft pick than us cause chances are they’ll take the player we need just so we can’t get them!! And we can’t let that happen again!!

  2. Hey Geoff you sound like a no name Washington fan or possibly an Eagles fan it doesn’t really matter because if they would have beaten the Cowboys as much as the Cowboys have smoked them through the years I guess I would be mad too! It got old beating the Redskins year in and year out so maybe now that they have no name the games might be more interesting!

  3. If you want to bring up history…When the games really matter…NFC Championship Games head to head….DC 2 wins Cowboys 0 wins…Facts

  4. The Cowboys have only been to 10 NFL Championships and won Five Super Bowls and guess how many years going to the playoffs in a row? I think we still hold the record! What has the no name Washington team done!

  5. Speak that truth Will!
    Watching Jerry Jones Die inside every week for the last couple of years has been fun.
    Proof that you can paint shit silver and give it a nice house, but it is still just shit.

  6. Truth be told this team has not been competitive since people where using beepers and pay phones,and doesn’t look to be moving in the right direction.Sorry truth hurts sometimes

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