Everyone expected Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to be out for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he practiced with the team and will be available this round as well. If Dallas could get a victory against the fantastic Chiefs, it would significantly boost their confidence, and they would be back on track.
Since Elliott has missed this week’s practices with the team, we might see more of Alfred Morris or Rod Smith. If Zeke’s suspension had been enforced, Morris would have started in the backfield, but Rod Smith would have helped him. Luckily for Dallas, the star running back will play this game.
Moreover, Cole Beasley should return since he practiced with the squad on Thursday and Friday. Beasley, who has been quiet so far in the season may be the key factor for Dallas. Another very important aspect of their plan is the use of wide receivers since Chiefs cornerbacks – Marcus Peters and Terrance Mitchell – don’t usually travel with receivers. Perhaps Dez Bryant could get the ball quickly just like he did in the game against Washington.
Keep an eye on the DeMarcus Lawrence and Mitchell Schwartz duel since Schwartz is one of the better tackles in the league. Will he be able to stop Lawrence? If not, this guy will get help from tight end, Demetrius Harris or Ross Travis. Meanwhile, Maliek Collins has had some problems with a foot injury, so it is essential that he stays healthy. Seeing him getting hurt would be a huge blow for the Cowboys. In that case, he would have to get replaced by Brian Price and Richard Ash, who has played well so far.
The Chiefs are one of the best defenders in the Red Zone allowing only nine percent of 3rd down conversion. While Dallas manages to convert the 3rd down 47 percent in the Red Zone, this is something to look for. When the field shrinks, the Chiefs are tough to beat.