Overreaction: Cowboys can’t make playoffs without Zeke

No Zeke means no playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys.

Without Ezekiel Elliott, who began serving a six-game suspension for allegations of domestic abuse, the Cowboys (5-4) couldn’t do anything on offense in a 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Elliott had four 100-yard games and seven touchdowns rushing in eight games, and the Cowboys averaged 28.3 points with him in the lineup. Now, they’re finished.

Except the problem wasn’t the run game.

Alfred Morris had 53 yards rushing on 11 carries against Atlanta while Dak Prescott scrambled for 42. The issue was protecting Prescott in the pocket. Adrian Clayborn sacked him six times and forced two fumbles.

The player the Cowboys need more than Elliott is four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith.

If Smith returns, Dallas has enough offense to make a

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2017/11/14/overreaction-cowboys-cant-make-playoffs-without-zeke/107671554/

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