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Cowboys Must Remain Focused Despite Ezekiel Elliott’s Suspension

I typically don't love writing about the “narrative” side of football. I tend to watch the games, evaluate what I see, and try to speak empirically about what's going on on the field. But, with the becoming official on Thursday, I believe there is a reason to discuss the ' psyche going forward.

When it was announced that Elliott would be available for last week's game against the , there was a tangible feeling of confidence among . As soon as we heard the news, we all began to believe Dallas could win Sunday, and possibly win with some level of ease.

This feeling seemed to be prevalent among the actual team as well. Elliott has been playing incredibly, and both his effort and his results on the field have been inspiring. When you are blocking for a back like that, you want to make sure you go harder. When you play for a team with a like that, you want to do your part and not let him nor the down.

Now without Ezekiel Elliott going forward, the Cowboys cannot allow their spirits to be deflated. This team has been playing high-level football since the loss to the Rams, and appears to have their stuff together through eight games. The loss of one player cannot derail the focus of this team, even if that player is Ezekiel Elliott.

Earlier this week I discussed 's importance to the Cowboys, as he is done a great job establishing the culture and keeping the Cowboys afloat during times of turbulence. Without Elliott, his ability to lead a football team will once again be tested.

Of course, losing a player of Elliott's caliber would hurt any team's chances of winning football games. But with the culture which seems to have been created in Dallas over the last few seasons, and the on this roster, I don't think Cowboys Nation has much to worry about in terms of that focus.

No, they aren't going to go 6-0, or probably not 5-1 without arguably their best offensive player, but with their , offensive and defensive lines this team is built to sustain these types of situations.

Everything on the field seems to be going in the right direction for the Cowboys, and if they have any hopes of making the this season they cannot allow the Elliott suspension to deflate their “momentum.”

Even just staying afloat at 3-3 over the next six should give them a chance to make a late December run for a .

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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