The Cowboys know their divisional round opponent and will need to have a heavy workload out of their star rookie running back if they are to beat the Packers.
The Dallas Cowboys sat at home this weekend and watched three games that were not well played in terms of competitive football, but three of those four teams that came out of the wild card weekend have legitimate shots of traveling in the divisional round and coming away with an upset. The Cowboys will get a familiar opponent that they beat earlier in the season in week six.
The Green Bay Packers will travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to take on the top seeded Cowboys team led by rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. If Dallas is going to repeat the same outcome from the earlier match-up, they will need to do the same thing they did in that game. Elliott has a first down celebration for what this team needs to do and it is keep feeding their rookie running back.
In that first match-up, Elliott carried the ball 28 times for 157 yards, and even though he didn’t see the end zone, he forced his will on the top-rated rush defense at the time. For the Cowboys to come away with the win against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, he will need to keep those chains moving and keeping the Green Bay quarterback on the sideline watching.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed 28 times for 157 yards against the Packers in Week 6 pic.twitter.com/g3CVAuAa8M
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 9, 2017
Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, Michael Thomas, hell of a year for Ohio State rookies
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 8, 2017
The Packers rush defense at the time was a fraud and Elliott began to prove it in week six, something that a lot of teams did throughout the rest of the season, even during the teams current seven-game winning streak. A streak that will come to an end if the Cowboys can just continue to do what they have done all season long.
It’s time to get back to work and see what kind of playoff heart this young Dallas team has. This is the time of the year that make average players, good; good players, great; and great players, elite. With Elliott on the brink of great, this could really push him over the top and prove that he is not only the best running back in the league, but the best player in the game today.
Just keep feeding this man and watch him eat!