The Week 4 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns is an interesting one on multiple levels. For the Cowboys it's a chance to get back to .500 and for the Browns it's a chance for them to improve to 3-1 and keep pace with the rest of the AFC North. As such, there's a lot on the line for these two teams this week.
The Dallas Cowboys are no doubt under more pressure. If not for a fortunate onside kick recovery they could very well be 0-3, a record you'd expect more from the Cleveland Browns. Hopefully the Cowboys rise to the occasion rather than the alternative. Whatever the outcome, I have a few bold predictions to throw at you today.
Here are 5 bold predictions for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4…
✭Ezekiel Elliott rushes for 100+ yards✭
Through the first three weeks of 2020 season Ezekiel Elliott has yet to have 100-yard rushing game. He came close in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams with 96 rushing yards, but hasn't come that close since then. After rushing for 34 yards last week I'm expecting him to have a bounce back game and be the focal point for the Dallas Cowboys offense against the Cleveland Browns. I think he's going to go for 100+ yards this week and score at least one, possibly two touchdowns.
✭Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are neutralized✭
As frustrating as the Dallas Cowboys defense has been through the first three weeks of the season they have at least not allowed a 100-yard rusher yet. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt might be the best two running backs they've faced to date, however, I believe Mike Nolan's defensive game plan will be to neutralize them to put the ball in Baker Mayfield's hands. Chubb may be coming off back to back 100-yard games, but I don't think the Cowboys are going to allow that to happen again.
✭CeeDee Lamb scores first career TD✭
Of the Dallas Cowboys Top 3 wide receivers, only Michael Gallup has found the end zone so for this season. With Amari Cooper banged up and playing at less than 100%, I think CeeDee Lamb is the next Cowboys WR to score a touchdown. Lamb has been fantastic so far in his rookie season. He's leading the team in yards after catch right now and should join Gallup this week with his first career TD. I wouldn't even be surprised if he doubles up on TD receptions against the Browns.
✭Trevon Diggs notches first career INT✭
With the exception of maybe Trevon Diggs, the entire Dallas Cowboys secondary is a mess. Not only are they dealing with multiple injuries at the cornerback position, but Xavier Woods and Darian Thompson aren't living up to expectations either. Only Chidobe Awuzie as an interception so for this year, although others have been close including Diggs. Baker Mayfield is averaging almost in INT a game and I think that trend continues this week with No. 27 notching his first career INT.
✭Aldon Smith has multiple QB sacks✭
Not only has Aldon Smith been one of the more pleasant surprises in the NFL so far this season, but he's also leading the league in quarterback sacks right now with four. He doubled up last week against the Seattle Seahawks by sacking Russell Wilson twice and I think that trend will continue this week against the Cleveland Browns. Baker Mayfield is a much easier target to pin down than any of the other QBs the Cowboys have faced this year, which plays right into Smith's hands.