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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Declares Sunday a Must Win Against the Eagles

The Cowboys have fallen two games below .500 for the first time in nearly three years.

Ezekiel Elliott knows they can’t afford to dig the hole deeper and have any hope of winning the NFC East, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

“We definitely have talked about it,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “We’ve definitely talked about kind of just having that mentality of us vs. the world.

“We’ve got to go out there and win as many ballgames as we can to give ourselves the opportunity to get in the playoffs. We need to attack that the right way and prepare so we’re ready.”

Does that make Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia a must win?

“One hundred percent a must win,” Elliott said.

Dak Prescott Gets a Vote of Confidence From Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones gave quarterback Dak Prescott his full support after Prescott turned the ball over twice in Monday night’s damaging 28-14 loss at home to the Tennessee Titans before a national television audience and he doubled down on that support on Tuesday according to David Helman of dallascowboys.com.

“Dak is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said in his weekly radio spot. “He’s young, and he’s going to get extended.” There is no ambiguity in Jones’ statement despite the fact that Prescott’s play has visibly deteriorated since his rookie season. Prescott is first eligible for an extension this offseason and the Cowboys would have the option of using a franchise tag if nothing gets done after the 2019 season, so the two sides have plenty of time to get something done.

Perhaps Jones realizes that Prescott does not have the same level of talent surrounding him as he did during his rookie season. Ezekiel Elliott is still there but Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are gone and the offensive line has crumbled in 2018. Those are all issues out of Prescott’s control that the GM needs to address. Most importantly, if Jones wants Prescott to be the longterm answer in Dallas, he needs to address an ineffective head coach and a coaching staff that has grown stale.

Cowboys HOF QB Troy Akiman Says 3-5 Team Needs to Be Overhauled

Hall-of-Fame quarterback Troy Aikman bleeds Cowboys blue despite his current job as a supposedly neutral NFL analyst alongside Joe Buck but he clearly is not blind to the dysfunction of the organization in Dallas according to Todd Archer of ESPN.

“Go through the list and this team, over a long period of time, has been what it’s been,” Aikman told Archer. . “It hasn’t always mattered who the head coach has been. So to me, if you’re asking me, I’d say there has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization.” No one knows better than Aikman that that is likely not going to happen with owner Jerry Jones also being the general manager and in charge of every decision made, although Jones does lean on his son Stephen as well as vice president of player personnel Will McClay and coach Jason Garrett for personnel matters.

“I’ve heard Jerry say, ‘OK, look, we’re going to do it differently. I’m going to do it differently,’ . . . but it’s the same. Nothing changes,” Aikman said. “And that to me is the bigger issue beyond, yes, coaching is important, personnel, all those things are important, but how are you going about evaluating how you’re going about running the organization? Whatever that looks like — and everyone has an opinion on what it does look like, but I’m not in the building. I have no idea. I talk to people. I talk to people who have been inside the building and have a pretty good understanding how things are run and in a lot of ways there’s a lot of dysfunction and that has to change if this team is going to be able to compete on a consistent basis like the teams that you look to around the league that seemingly are in the hunt each and every year.”

Aikman has a personal relationship with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (they were once teammates in the 1990’s) but he also has a unique perspective in his current job to peek behind the curtain at other franchises and see what works and what doesn’t. And it is clear that things have not really worked in Dallas for a long time despite the optimism of Dak Prescott’s 2016 rookie season. The Cowboys are 3-5 at the moment, 70-58 in nine years under Garrett, and have exactly two playoff wins since Aikman beat the Vikings in the 1996 wild card round. He also knows that Jerrah is not going to fire himself or take a step back so things are unlikely to change anytime soon.

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Four Players That Need to Step Up in the Cowboys Offense

The Dallas Cowboys have a small sample size when it comes to the 2018 season, having played just two games, but clearly if there is one area on the team that has been a concern though the first two weeks, it is how poorly the offense has played, and there are plenty of questions as to what to do in order for the team to get better in that area.

When you look at the weekend sports gambling sites, the Cowboys are three-point underdogs for their matchup Sunday in Seattle against the Seahawks, who will play their home opener against Dallas.

The 4:25pm EST matchup in Seattle will see two teams that do play each other quite a bit, and two teams that know a lot about each other.

There is going to be a lot of drama in Sunday’s game, but today we go back to the issues with the teams offense, and what players need to step up after just two weeks of play of the 2018 season.

1. Cole Beasley

There is no doubt that the wide out core for the Cowboys this season looks a lot different than last season, and with that now is the time that Beasley can have the chance to step up and show what he can do for the Cowboys.

Beasley has nine catches in two games, with 11 balls being thrown his way, for 86 yards with a long gain of 17 yards.

Look as quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense starts to continue to work more together to get Beasley more involved, and for him a lot more often. It will be interesting to see if he can take advantage of it.

2. Tavon Austin

This is the biggest project for the Cowboys, and that is how to get Austin, who can get downfield and make plays, more involved with the teams’ offensive game plan.

He has had just two catches in two games, but the biggest thing is he is a player that can spread the field, and that is something that has to make the coaching staff thinking big when he is in the game.

Like Beasley, look for Austin to also get more chances as the season continues to move on.

3. Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott is the play maker for the Cowboys, and his play week in and week out is likely the reason this team on a game-by-game basis is why they are going to win or lose.

He has not had that breakout game that the team has been waiting for, and while the Seahawks are going to have his number firmly etched in their defensive game plan this week, it would be interesting to see what happens if Zeke does get 20-25 carries against the Hawks, who are simply not the same defense they have been in the past.

Expect a big game soon from Elliott, but it may have to wait a week or two as this week it is asking a lot against a Seattle team that will be focused on him.

4. Geoff Swaim

The Cowboys really need a tight end of step up now with Jason Witten doing the dance of the media in retirement instead of catching passes each week.

Swaim just could be that guy, as so far the Cowboys tight ends have yet to do much of anything, but he could be in line to see more action as the safety valve for Dak Prescott.