The Dallas Cowboys have struggled on the offensive side of the ball over the last four weeks.
With Ezekiel Elliott out of the lineup, the Cowboys offense has suffered. It has been proven that Elliott is the player that makes this offense run. Elliott forces defenses to respect the run more than the pass, just because of what he can do with the ball.
This is the week that Dallas must get the passing game going!
The New York Giants are a mess and have plenty of their own internal issues. It’s time for Dak Prescott to prove that he doesn’t need Elliott to have success in this league. He has two games to prove that and get his stock back on the rise.
“No limitations,” said Prescott, who ditched a pad he had on his hand at the start of Wednesday’s practice. “It’s not holding me back at doing anything. It’s simply bruised. It’s fine. Good to go.”
That’s good news because as I mentioned above, it’s time this passing game gets going. Dallas is built to run the ball, but it isn’t as easy without Zeke in the backfield.
Last year the Cowboys were middle of the pack in throwing the ball, but this year, they are near the bottom. A lot of that has to do with Zeke out of the lineup.
Over these past four weeks, the passing game has gone invisible!
Prescott seems to be forcing plays and doesn’t seem to be playing with the same confidence. So, how does that change this week and moving forward? The trust must come down the field with Prescott and his receivers.
“Don’t think. Just go out there and rip it,” Prescott said. “I mean it’s not a question to me. It’s just about getting the plays coaches give me, executing them, letting it go and trusting my guys down the field.”
A few days after bruising his throwing hand in a #Cowbys win, QB Dak Prescott is good to go. He’s playing this week.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2017
Here is the other angle of Dez Bryant's TD. His timing is unreal. pic.twitter.com/nPNoAVHDPv
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) December 1, 2017
The biggest issue has been the lack of big-splash plays by this offense in 2017. They weren’t too far off that pace from a year ago prior to the Zeke suspension. However, they have a total of four plays over 20-yards, including zero in a game against the Eagles. A game at New York should allow those to come back, but it will be up to Dak to trust his reads and ability.
For me it’s about getting into a rhythm early and building on that rhythm. It begins with the coaching staff putting together a nice script to start the game. Let your QB get into a rhythm by using his legs, but be smart. Use a few early read-options for Dak, followed by using Dez Bryant’s size and jump ball ability. Stretch the field with Brice Butler and Terrance Williams more often.
It’s easy to say as an arm-chair QB like myself, but it’s another thing to execute those type of plays!