Ezekiel Elliott: Cowboys don't play for 'the talking heads'

Posted September 25, 2017

From the start, owner and general manager Jerry Jones embraced the ultra-talented wideout, and made amends with Cowboys Nation for not drafting future Hall of Famer Randy Moss a decade earlier. That 13-10 overtime victory was down nearly entirely to sold defensive play, as Indy were held to 266 yards of offensive production. To make matters worse, defensive backs Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) and Nolan Carroll (concussion) both exited the game due to injury in the first half.

- Brandin Cooks, Patriots, had five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in New England's 36-33 win over Houston. Above them are the likes of Jerry Rice (1,549) and Tony Gonzalez (1,325). It was certainly a regrettable effort from Elliott, but that hasn't been a theme through the first two years of his National Football League career.

The second key is: better stop the run. Most critical could be if Washington's lackluster defense can slow down Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper and Marshawn Lynch.

Sharpe believes Bryant's best years are behind him, that he's no longer that "dog" out there hunting for the bone. Prescott is projected to finish with 275 yards - averaging 1.7 TDs and 0.5 INTs per sim. Diggs had eight receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns, and Thielen had five catches for 98 yards in Minnesota's 34-17 win over Tampa Bay. As promised I've chose to grade individual positions this week so that Cardinal fans understand where we stand as a team.

"I don't have Dez's number but anytime I see him around, there's always love", Peterson said.

You can not win football games when you are playing backups against some of the better receivers in the league.

Dak Prescott will look to rebound too. 88 will have his first of many great performances in the season. He's averaging 300 yards per game, but is completing just 54.8 percent of his passes; he's tied for the third-most interceptions in the National Football League, having thrown for twice as many INTs (4) than TDs (2). "But I'm excited for these guys to come back because I know how confident we all will be and how we were at practice today and how we will be for the rest of the week going into that game Monday". But Dez does need to play better, definitely better than what he did against the Denver Broncos in Sunday afternoon massacre.

Elliott walked slowly off the field instead of trying to tackle Harris, which he addressed for the first time on Thursday. I told you that last week, and they didn't do it. Broncos ran for 178 yards. Watt (16) has more multi-sack games.

I expect Dallas to return to form in a big way in this game. Against the Giants, he was active but did not play, and against the Broncos, he was inactive. "If you let that skip for a day or two, that's a day or two you never get back". However, it would be foolish to suggest that Bryant can't still produce at a high level when used properly.