Dallas Cowboys: 3 players whose stock rose Week 4, and 2 who fell

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Dallas Cowboys Stock Up: Having a balanced offense

Feed Zeke? That’s so 2018. How about feed literally anyone on this offense. It’s actually kind of incredible how much fun this Dallas Cowboys offense is to watch. There are so many different ways that they can attack teams, that almost any package they want to put out there feels like a mismatch for opposing defenses.

Ezekiel Elliott has been resurgent these past couple of weeks, and he’s leading the NFC while ranking fourth in the NFL in rushing. It’s fantastic to see, but just as great as that is, it’s even better knowing that the team has finally figured out how to use Tony Pollard (who also ranks among the top 15 in rushing) at the same time.

If Elliott is having a rough game. No problem, Pollard can give the team a big lift. Zeke is looking like his All-Pro self? Perfect, then mixing in Pollard adds another wrinkle for defenses to worry about. Elliott and Pollard went up against a Carolina team that featured the top-ranked run defense in football entering Sunday afternoon. They carved them up like Michael Myers coming home to Haddonfield on Halloween night, to the tune of over 200 yards rushing between them.

We already knew this offense was loaded, but they are getting contributions from guys all over the depth chart. Guys like Cedrick Wilson, Blake Jarwin, Terence Steele, and Connor McGovern have had absolutely no problem setting up and playing their role when their number has been called. Through four games, the Cowboys rank third in yards per game and fourth in points per game.  It’s one thing to talk about having a high-powered offense, it’s another thing to actually do it.

Simply put, the Dallas Cowboys are making use of every one of their weapons and they are refusing to be a one-note offense. Of course, it helps that the team has been playing complete football and they don’t have to be. The Cowboys have been getting better blocking up front this season, have been better rushing the football, and are getting solid play out of their defense.


Quarterback Dak Prescott had far from his sharpest game of the season on Sunday afternoon, completing 14 of 22 pass attempts for 188 yards. However, four of those completions went for touchdowns, and when the Cowboys really needed him to step up he was more than willing to meet the challenge. Case in point, his absolutely gorgeous third-quarter touchdown pass to Amari Cooper which gave the Cowboys a lead they’d never end up relinquishing:


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However, that’s the great thing about the offense this season. Everyone is gelling and they are able to be flexible in their game plans. Sure, if Prescott needs to throw the ball 50 times in order to keep the Cowboys in the game, he can do that. He just doesn’t need to right now, and Dallas would love to keep it that way.