There was a moment after Ezekiel Elliott was suspended where it looked like the Dallas Cowboys season might be over, but now that he’s officially back in action things are looking up.
Elliott reported back to The Star in Frisco on Monday morning and then had a meeting with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He’s been working out in Cabo for the last six weeks and has used his time off to fine-tune his body for what he hopes to be a playoff run.
The Cowboys lost each of their first three games without Elliott and fell to 5-6, with a number of teams standing between themselves and the final Wild Card spot in the NFC. However, after three consecutive victories, the Cowboys have a chance to draw even with three other teams in a tie at 8-6 with help from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.
Dallas wouldn’t own the tiebreaker over any of those three other teams (the Falcons, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions), so they’d still have work to do. However, they play the Seahawks on Dec. 24 with Elliott back in the lineup and the Lions and Falcons will still face challenges down the stretch.
With a couple more victories the Cowboys can put themselves in a decent spot to make the postseason. Once they get there, now that they’ve got Elliott and defensive lynchpin Sean Lee back, they’d certainly have to feel like they can be dangerous.
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