Dallas Cowboys Week 4: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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We have now reached the first quarter pole of the 2021 NFL season and honestly, I don’t think Dallas Cowboys‘ fans could be much happier. After going toe-to-toe with the champs on opening night, Dallas has won three straight games in impressive fashion.

From a road victory over the best team currently in the AFC to dominating home wins over divisional foe Philadelphia and the previously undefeated Carolina Panthers, the Cowboys are rolling hot. For what seems like forever, even though it’s still early, this team is finally playing complementary football.

Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys are sitting in the top five in total yards, rushing yards, and points per game scored. Defensively, they have a top ten rush defense and are second in takeaways.

With the “easiest” part of their schedule coming up, things are setting up for the Dallas Cowboys to go on a run and separate themselves in the NFC East. Before we get there, however, let’s take one last look back at Week Four and discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly from a 36-28 victory over Carolina.

Dallas Cowboys: The Good

Almost as soon as the final second ticked off the clock at Raymond James Stadium four weeks ago, there were those who could not wait to bury running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys rushing attack. Unsurprisingly, the rumors of his demise were premature and quite ridiculous.

Each week, Zeke’s production has trended upwards, kicking it up a few notches with 143 yards and a touchdown against the previous best team in the league when it comes to rush defense. His running mate, Tony Pollard, has been cooking as well. Elliott currently is posting over five yards a carry, while Pollard is knocking on the door of seven yards per tote.

Sunday’s performance from the dynamic duo was the most impressive, especially after last week’s outing against Philadelphia. Many were worried after seeing center Tyler Biadasz and guard Connor Williams get bullied by the Eagles’ interior linemen.

That was not the case against Carolina. The Cowboys ran the ball 34 times for 245 yards, controlling the game on the ground. If things continue in this direction, it is not out of the realm of possibility that both Elliott and Pollard reach 1,000 yards in 2021.