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Maliek Collins has a Breakout Opportunity Against the Minnesota Vikings

It's been a quiet 2019 for one of the Dallas Cowboys' breakout candidates, Maliek Collins. Heading into , and then the regular season, Collins was the healthiest he'd been at any point in his previous three seasons. That combined with another year in the NFL, led many to believe that Collins could become a dominant 3-technique for the Dallas Cowboys. Collins has been good, but perhaps not as productive as many might have predicted.

On the year, Maliek Collins has three , which is third for the Dallas Cowboys behind and . Per , Collins is tied for 17th in the NFL among interior defensive linemen. Tied for 17th might not sound very good, but when the league leader in sacks among interior defensive linemen has just six, Collins isn't far off from threatening for the league lead. In fact, Maliek Collins is tied with All-Pro Defensive Tackles , , and in sacks.

In total pressures, Collins is tied for eighth in the NFL per Pro with 27 along with Quentin Jefferson and .

Though he's not racking up a ton of this season, Collins has been excellent as a pass rusher. On Sunday Night Football against the Vikings, he'll have a tremendous opportunity to build on his first-half numbers.

Against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football, Collins has an enormous opportunity. Among quarterbacks with at least 196 drop backs, Minnesota Vikings has been under pressure at the fourth highest rate in the NFL. His 40.8% pressure rate is only better than , , and Sam Darnold.

Vikings Pat Elflein has allowed five sacks on the year, which is tied for the third most in the NFL this season among interior offensive linemen and his 20 pressures allowed is tied for eighth. When Maliek Collins gets an opportunity to line up across from Elflein, he's going to have a chance to get home.

With teams having to pay so much attention to DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and newcomer , Collins should be freed up to face more one-on-one blockers.

Collins hasn't had a bad season by any stretch of the imagination, but he hasn't necessarily been the dominant player we thought he could be after his strong preseason. That perception could change when the Dallas Cowboys play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. The opportunity is there for Collins, he just has to seize it.

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Written by John Williams

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Ethan Chazin

excited to see what our D line can do, that includes collins of course but hoping we get the chance to see many snaps with tank, quinn and bennett at the same time

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