Dallas Cowboys: 5 Bold predictions vs. Lions, Week 11

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3. Zeke tops 150 yards of offense

The use of Ezekiel Elliott in Week 10 against the Vikings was incredibly frustrating. He was almost wholly ineffective against the Minnesota defense from start-to-finish on the night, but the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff continuously gave him the rock in crucial situations. It felt very much like they were trying to make his shiny new contract “worth it”, even though the passing attack was much more effective.

When it was said and done, Elliott finished the game with 20 carries for just 47 yards against Minnesota and had only two catches for 16 yards. That performance ended a streak of three-straight 100-yard rushing games for the Cowboys running back. Against Detroit, however, Elliott is about to bounce back.

Detroit’s defense has been a sieve against the run this season (even if not quite as bad as they’ve been against the pass). For the season, the Lions are giving up 129.7 rushing yards per game. Moreover, they lack speed at linebacker, meaning that utilizing Elliott in the passing game out of the backfield might be an effective weapon for Dallas.

As a result, Zeke is going to surge back into the limelight with a huge outing. Not only will he start a new 100-yard rushing streak against the Lions but he’ll be a major factor as a receiving option. When 60 minutes is up, the star running back will have 150 total yards on the day.