Ezekiel Elliott Expected to Play vs. 49ers
Elliott has not practiced with the team each of the past two days due to a calf injury, but he has been doing resistance training on the sidelines. That said, the team reportedly remains optimistic that Elliott will be able to suit up on Sunday vs. the 49ers according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.
With Elliott at less than 100%, it would not be surprising if Tony Pollard saw a spike in usage this week. Pollard already cut into Elliott’s playing time last week vs. the Bengals – he played on 37% of the offensive snaps – and he finished with just one fewer carry and one fewer target. The Cowboys have no incentive to push Elliott given their current record, so Pollard should continue to be involved offensively.
The Cowboys are coming off a 23-point win last week over the Bengals, but the scoreline in that contest was a bit deceptive. They were outgained by 37 yards, but the Bengals shot themselves in the foot with fumbles on three straight possessions to start the game. The Cowboys will face a much stiffer test this week vs. the 49ers, who have been better than the Bengals on both sides of the ball this season.
Dallas is currently listed as three-point home underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook, and the total sits at 45.5 points.