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RB Ezekiel Elliott Could Be In Line For Big Day Against Packers Run Defense

There's no way to sugar-coat it, the Cowboys run game was awful on Sunday night.

The dominated the interior of the Cowboys , and questionable decisions from both and didn't help the much either.

Still, the bulk of the national blame falls upon the $90 million man . Zeke rushed for just 36 yards on 18 carries during Sunday's loss, and though he rushed for a goal line touchdown in the third quarter, he really didn't accomplish much whatsoever.

And while the outside world focuses on what went wrong with the Cowboys play calling and , the coaches in the building could very well be looking at this week's opponent and believing it is time for Zeke to “eat.”

Many believe the have boasted one of the best defenses in all of football through the first four weeks, and to a certain extent that belief is true. Green Bay is 5th in passing DVOA and 6th in adjusted sack rate through four games. They have been stifling opposing passing offenses week in and week out, helping their struggling along as they get acclimated to their new and play caller.

There has been one glaring weakness to this Packers defense, however, and that is their ability to stop the run. Green Bay is 27th in DVOA, and 31st in adjusted line yards. That puts them behind teams like the Cardinals, Bengals, Redskins, and Giants. Last week, when the Packers suffered their first loss of the season, Philadelphia rushed for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns on 33 attempts as a team.

Both Howard and Miles Sanders had a ton of success on the ground against the Packers, and the Cowboys have to be thinking that Elliott and can see somewhat similar results this Sunday.

As bad as the Packers run defense has been, though, its important to note that their is still 7th in DVOA. What this, and so many other numbers, suggest is that pass defense is simply more important that rush defense in the NFL. The Packers are more than comfortable allowing their opponents to run the football, as long as they are forcing third downs and limiting downfield passing success.

Getting Ezekiel Elliott going Sunday would be a nice lift for the Cowboys offense, but ultimately what will be most important is how they fare in the passing game.

Dak Prescott and this passing offense have to be better than they were in New Orleans if the Cowboys want to earn a victory and improve to 4-1 on the season.

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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