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3 Key Players to Watch for the Cowboys vs Vikings

Desperate times have fallen upon the Dallas Cowboys. They haven't won a game since Week 5 and are currently in last place in the East at 2-7. Fortunately, the entire division is a mess seeing as no team has more than three wins at moment.

The next challenge for the Cowboys will be the red-hot would are on a three-game winning streak. Here are three key players for the Cowboys to keep an eye on as they try to avoid a fifth consecutive loss.

Neville Gallimore

When the began rookie Neville Gallimore was seen as a talented backup interior who would provide depth behind and . Due to McCoy suffering a season-ending quadriceps and Poe not performing well, both have been released. Gallimore has taken full advantage of having an increased role.

He's logged at least 22 snaps in four of the last five games. After a solid performance in his first career start in Week 7 against the Washington Football Team, he was even better against the . Gallimore finished as one of the best interior defensive linemen in Week 9 in terms of run grade, run stops, and run stop percentage.

Vikings has been dominant racking up 465 yards in the last three games so Gallimore's presence against the run will be paramount on Sunday.

DeMarcus Lawrence

Gallimore isn't the only defensive lineman that's been playing at a high level lately. Former All-Pro DeMarcus Lawrence has turned back the clock over the last five games. He's registered 23 tackles (six tackles for loss in the last three games), 10 pressures, six hurries, three , four hits, and two forced fumbles. Last week, Lawrence's recent surge in production got him selected as a midseason All-Pro by .

Lawrence is currently the third-highest graded edge rusher in the NFL according to PFF, trailing only T.J. Watt and . Much like Gallimore, he'll be an important factor in stopping Cook from running wild all over the Cowboy's 31st ranked as well as getting pressure on .

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott got off to a good start in 2020 averaging 92.5 yards per game in the first two weeks. However, that pace has taken a significant hit over the last seven games. Elliott only has one performance over 90 yards since and has rushed for under 50 yards three times over that span. He's also fumbled five times already this season.

The Cowboys formula needs to be to get Elliott going early to control the time of possession and keep the aforementioned Cook on the sidelines. Of course, all of that will be dependent on the performing well, which has been a struggle in 2020, especially due to season-ending injuries to and .

Elliott's decline in production didn't stop team owner Jerry Jones from calling him the team's best player earlier this week. Regardless if that's true or not, this Sunday is the perfect time for Elliott to remind the world that he's still one of the league's best at the running back position.

Will the Cowboys end their four-game losing streak in ? The eyes of the football world will be watching.

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Written by Matthew Lenix

I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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