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Three reasons the loss of Ezekiel Elliott will hurt the Cowboys

August 12th, 2017 at 1:59 PM
By Sports Media 101

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I hear fans proclaiming, “the Cowboys can win without Zeke.” They’re right. Dallas can win games without their star running back, but it won’t be easy. In fact, it’s going to be harder than a lot of people realize.

Losing Ezekiel Elliott hurts the Dallas Cowboys. Over the next several weeks there are going to be attempts to calm everyone down by mentioning that the team has two former 1,000 yard rushers as backups on the team. The running attack is, by no means, in any sort of trouble. The great offensive line is still there, Dak Prescott is still there, and the Cowboys have an assortment of weapons on offense. And while the backup running backs should still help the team move the chains, it cannot be overstated that there is a noticeable talent loss without Zeke.

Dak Prescott had a great rookie season. He’s smart, he’s moves around well, and he’s got a strong arm to stretch the field. All those things were on display last year, but Prescott benefited immensely from the respect defenses had to give Elliott. What happens when defenses start focusing more attention on him?

Our own Cole Patterson recently discussed what the Elliott suspension means for the Cowboys. One thing that stood out to me was the Cowboys first three opponents: New York, Denver, and Arizona. All of them have some defensive strengths that could give a Zeke-less Cowboys some trouble.

There is no secret that the New York Giants caused the Cowboys a lot of problems last year. In two games, Dallas only found the end zone twice. Led by a defensive line that includes Jason Pierre-Paul,

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