Ezekiel Elliott Suspension: Can the Cowboys Win Without Him?

Things have gone from bad to worse for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys. The young running back is an instant star in the NFL. With that comes plenty of scrutiny and opportunities to find it. Elliot has done a pretty good job so far of finding it. The thought of a suspension for Elliot was debatable at one point, but now it is not a matter of “if” but a matter of “how long”. The last thing the Cowboys wanted to face is an Ezekiel Elliott suspension.Now it has been announced that he will be suspended for six games of the season.

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

Elliot had it bad enough but recent reports that tie him with an altercation at a bar have made things dramatically worse. Already allegedly involved in a domestic abuse incident, Elliot was once again tied to a violent incident. Elliot is accused of breaking a man’s nose. This incident will be a stain on his reputation and further proof that Elliot is finding more and more ways to get into trouble. Because of this the suspension will happen. In fact the latest odds at the top ten sports betting sites show that it is most likely going to happen.


Can the Cowboys Win Without Him?

Here is the tricky question. The Cowboys have a very good team, but there is no doubt that Elliot is a big part of what they do on offense. They also have one of the better offensive lines in the game. Even before the Elliot suspension, there were other teams in the NFC East that could beat the Cowboys.

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension: Can the Cowboys Win Without Him?

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension: Can the Cowboys Win Without Him?

Cowboys Odds Changing

The Cowboys are still (-5) in week one against the New York Giants. The Cowboys also have their win total at 9.5 on the season. They are also still the favorites to win the NFC East (+110) just over the Giants (+180) with the Eagles (+300) and Redskins (+450) trailing the boys. With Elliot out of the lineup for any amount of games, these numbers are going to change. If you plan on betting against the Cowboys (especially in week one against the Giants) now is the time to bet.

(All of these odds are courtesy of MyBookie.ag, the #1 rated online sportsbook to bet on the NFL.)

Who’s up Next?

The running backs on the roster behind Elliot are not all that impressive although they have looked good in the past. Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris, Jahad Thomas, Keith Smith (fullback), Rod Smith (fullback) are the other backs on the roster. McFadden and Morris are both capable, but past their primes. McFadden ran for 87 yards in 24 carries in a backup role. This team will suffer with the loss of Elliot, regardless of how many games he is suspended for.

Elliot Loss Hurts

The bottom line is that the Cowboys need Elliot. This latest incident will assure that there will be a suspension. Although he should return and this team will be a playoff caliber unit, this loss is devastating. The Cowboys need Elliot if they are going to win and this is a considerable setback.