3 notes to digest before the Cowboys host Washington

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Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott
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2. A commitment to let Ezekiel Elliott eat

Ezekiel Elliott is hungry for some turkey. After the Dallas Cowboys acknowledged the need to run again last week, the team posted up 180 yards on the ground. Elliott posted a season-best with 21 totes and 103 yards.

Let’s face it: When the Dallas Cowboys run well the outcome of the game is favorable. With Zack Martin going ultimate mode, swinging to the right tackle, the offensive line looked promising. The results speak for themselves.

The Cowboys played balanced ball against the Vikings. Dallas posted 196 yards in the air and 180 yards on the ground. I figured quarterback Andy Dalton needed a little time to shake some rust, but he played with a steady hand.

In the pocket, poised and confident, Dalton registered three touchdown passes, only one sack, and a final quarterback rating of 104.0. This combination of offensive lineman in the starting lineup worked. Thanks to Martin, the ‘Boys provided security and comfort for Dalton at the front line.

Where Zeke was the workhorse, averaging nearly five yards a pop, his counterpart offered home run shots. Tony Pollard rushed five times for 60 yards and a nice score. The long carry was for 42 yards, reminding the world (and maybe the Dallas Cowboys themselves) of their rushing attack.