Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss the next six games as he serves an NFL suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy for domestic violence allegations involving former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.
He is set to return Dec. 11 for the Dec. 17 game at the Oakland Raiders.
The good news for the Cowboys is that four of the six games are at home at AT&T Stadium. But the question is how many games will they be able to win to stay in the playoff chase until Elliott returns.
Nov. 5 Kansas City Chiefs
The Cowboys would be hard-pressed to beat the Chiefs with Elliott on the field. Without him, they don’t have enough firepower to keep up with Kansas City’s offense. Loss.
Nov. 12 @ the Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have been one of the most confusing teams all season. They look nothing like the NFC champions of a year ago. But they still have Matty Ice and Julio Jones. Loss
Nov. 19 Philadelphia Eagles
The streaking Eagles have been the best team in the NFC. Carson Wentz is playing well and the Cowboys won’t have Elliott to control the ball and keep Wentz off the field. Loss
Nov. 23 San Diego Chargers
This is a must-win on Thanksgiving Day. The Chargers have struggled to get wins, but they have been competitive. Win
Nov. 30 Washington Redskins
The banged-up Redskins are the perfect team to build momentum against late in the season. Besides, the Cowboys own them, winning four consecutive games and seven of the past nine in the series. Win
Dec. 10 @ the New York Giants
The Giants are another perfect foe to build off of. No Odell Beckham. No one on the Giants’ roster scares the Cowboys. They need this win before Elliott returns the following week. Win