5 Bold predictions: Tony Pollard runs wild for Cowboys in Week 9

• Turpin gets one that's not called back

• CeeDee Lamb has a game to remember

• Tony Pollard has a breakout game

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1. Tony Pollard gains 150 yards from scrimmage

Arguably one of the biggest surprises this year for Dallas has to be the lack of explosive outings from Tony Pollard. No longer playing second-fiddle to Ezekiel Elliott, Pollard was looking to build upon the success he had during 2022 — which was the first time he crossed the 1,000-yard plateau.

While he’s technically still on pace for just over 1,000 yards this year, Pollard’s averaging a career-low 3.9 yards per attempt. He’s also crossed the 100-yard mark just once (in Week 3 against Arizona) and is also averaging a personal worst 6.8 yards per reception.

Despite those numbers, Pollard has stayed positive. He even recently praised CeeDee Lamb for his two-touchdown breakout in Week 8. Then when asked if he saw his own breakout on the horizon, he expressed his confidence that it would happen soon.

“Most definitely! Yeah, it’s coming,” Pollard said, regarding a breakout performance via Anthony Licciardi of SI. “I just know it is. Speak it into existence.”

At first glance, this defense doesn't seem to be the one he would break out against. The Eagles are currently the No. 1 run defense in the NFL and they have some absolute beasts on the defensive line. But Pollard did find a way to gain 61 yards on six receptions when they met last December.

He might not rack up a ton of yardage on the ground but this final prediction is that he does enough as a runner as well as a receiver to put up 150 yards of total offense.

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