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3 Key Players to Watch for the Cowboys vs 49ers

The wasn't supposed to be this way for the . Once looked at as East favorites to begin the season, the Cowboys have had a plethora of on both sides of the ball that they've had to deal with, and it's led to a dismal 4-9 record.

The fortunate thing for the Cowboys is that they're two games out of first place with three left to play, meaning there's still a chance. There's no room for error going forward if they want to make the postseason, and here are three key players to watch for the Cowboys as they take on the in .

DeMarcus Lawrence

Much like the , many will say has had a down season if you focus solely on . However, he's been one of the highest graded rushers all season long with names such as T.J. Watt and . Also, he has produced 45 tackles (nine tackles for loss), three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Lawrence registered all of his 4.5 sacks from Week 5 through Week 12 after not recording one in the first month of the season. He hasn't taken the to the ground in the last two games so he could be due for a big performance this week.

Michael Gallup

When the Cowboys drafted in the of the 2020 it went without saying that 's opportunities to make plays wouldn't be as easy as it was in the past. He's been the third option in 2020, but he's also made key catches late in the fourth quarter to set up their only two home wins of the season.

Gallup's only 100-yard performance of the season came in a Week 3 loss to the , which is his only game over the century mark since of 2019. It will be difficult against the 49ers fifth-ranked pass but Gallup is capable of exploding at any moment, and that could be this week.

Ezekiel Elliott

Many in the football world have tried to throw dirt on the grave of in 2020. He's struggled with fumble issues and has only produced one game over 100 yards. However, the Cowboys has resembled a horror movie with , , and all missing significant time, and undrafted getting major snaps.

Even with all the different offensive line combinations this season Elliott is still ninth in the NFL in rushing and is on pace for his fourth 1,000-yard season in five years. He'll have to grind it out seeing as he's dealing with a calf , but if any is capable of pulling off a big performance, even against a top 10 rush defense like the 49ers, it's Elliott.

These three players will need to perform at a high-level Sunday. Will it result in a win if they do? We shall see.

 

 

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenixhttps://mlenixsctx.wordpress.com/
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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