Dallas Cowboys: 3 Reasons team will beat Packers in Week 5

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1. Ezekiel Elliott

The prowess of Ezekiel Elliott is, hands down, the No. 1 reason the Cowboys should be able to cruise to victory on Sunday. If Zeke has anything short of 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns, then he is simply not worth the six-year, $90 million contract extension he signed to end his holdout.

The Packers have allowed 569 rushing yards (26th in the league) through four games, allowing opposing running backs to average 5.0 yards per carry (29th in the league). Green Bay has also allowed five rushing touchdowns on the year.

With the superb blocking from Dallas’ line, the improved offense under first-year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and an unproven Green Bay defense against worthy opponents, Elliott is going to put on a clinic against this Mike Pettine defense on Sunday.

Through the first four weeks of the 2019 season, Elliott has compiled 324 rushing yards off of 74 carries, adding three rushing touchdowns. He is currently averaging 4.4 yards per carry and, after a poor performance against the New Orleans Saints, Zeke is looking for redemption.

Philadelphia, as a team, showcased 176 rushing yards on 33 attempts last week. That’s an average of 5.3 yards per carry from a team that does not have a star running back or stout run game in general.

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If the Packers had a hard time stopping the committee in the Philadelphia backfield, then they are in for a rude awakening when they come across the two-time rushing leader, Elliott, on Sunday in Arlington.