King Ezekiel Elliott is back, but is it too late?
The Dallas Cowboys came into the season as one of the favorites to win the NFC, but after 13 games, they find themselves fighting for their playoff lives.
The Cowboys’ odds of making the Super Bowl is currently +7500, but good news for Jerry Jones and his team is they are only one game behind the Atlanta Falcons, who are in the final playoff spot.
The Cowboys are also expected to have Ezekiel Elliott back for the final two games of the season, after serving his six-game suspension. However, his return doesn’t guarantee the Cowboys a playoff spot because the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are also in contention for the final playoff spot.
After losing their first three games without Elliott, the Cowboys have rebounded with two consecutive wins. If they can defeat the Oakland Raiders this week they will remain in the playoff hunt and will have Elliott back to help carry some of the offensive load.
Defensively, the Cowboys have also improved over the past two weeks, and have allowed an average of 12 points in their last two games.
The return of linebacker Sean Lee made a big difference, but the fact that they were able to shut down their last two opponents shows that the Cowboys are fighting to keep their playoff dreams alive.
If they do make the playoffs, the Cowboys will have to deal with either the Philadelphia Eagles or Minnesota Vikings, who have been very tough to beat this year. The Eagles blew out the Cowboys in their first meeting of the season, and will they will get their chance for payback in the final game of the season.
With Carson Wentz expected to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, the Cowboys will have an easier time against the Eagles in their season finale and if they meet in the playoffs.