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Ezekiel Elliott was clearly limited in the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving loss, and now Dallas could turn to Tony Pollard in Week 13 and give RB1 some rest.
The Dallas Cowboys are certainly spoiled after their Thanksgiving Day loss to the Raiders, which has made them losers in three of their last four games and looks pretty out of sorts on a number of occasions. And running back Ezekiel Elliott’s injury situation has not helped on the case.
Elliott has played his way through a knee injury, and although he has been able to find the goal zone a few times, the former Cowboys’ top-five pick has been limited in his use and at the same time his overall efficiency.
But now Dallas may be looking at the bigger picture. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the team is considering resting Elliott in Week 13 on Thursday against the Saints and giving backup Tony Pollard the start of what has become a crucial match for America’s Team.
Just in terms of getting Zeke healthy, it would make a lot of sense. However, it should also not be overlooked that Pollard may be the better option for the Cowboys right now.
The Cowboys are perhaps better with Tony Pollard than Ezekiel Elliott
Even in the loss to the Raiders, where the backfield generally struggled, Pollard proved to be the more dangerous player, overtaking Elliott with 11 yards on the ground and eight receiving yards.
Although Elliott, when he was healthy, has enjoyed a bit of a start-up season in the 2021 campaign, the thing is, Pollard has been far more explosive and seemingly dangerous when he was on the field. He’s a more natural receiver out of the backfield, has more juice compared to breaking big pieces of play and even proved how fast he can change everything against Las Vegas with a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown.
Pollard’s glimpse this season has raised questions about what to do with Elliott after this season, as the younger back may also be the best option. And if the Cowboys really rest Zeke and let Pollard cook, we’ll get a chance to see how viable a plan it is.