3 Cowboys who are breaking out of early-season slumps at the perfect time

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2. RB Tony Pollard

Entering Week 11, Ezekiel Elliott, now with the Patriots, was averaging more yards per touch this season than Pollard (4.5 to Pollard's 4.4).

Whether Pollard was slowed by offseason ankle surgery or has simply struggled handling an RB1 workload, he's been a shell of the explosive rusher he was over his first four seasons playing behind Elliott. Over the last two games, though, Pollard has looked the part of a Pro Bowl back, even if his rushing stats don't show it.

Pollard has 27 rushes for 116 yards during that stretch. Only 4.4 yards per carry, but his touchdown run against the Panthers is exactly what Cowboys fans wanted to see. He ran over a defender and broke multiple tackles before barreling into the end zone.

Speaking of broken tackles, Pollard has forced 10 missed tackles in the last two weeks. For context, he was credited with 8 (!) forced missed tackles as a rusher from Weeks 1-9. That's a tremendous improvement and a great sign for Dallas' rushing attack as we move into the final week of November.