FBG says: Great matchup. After being eased in during Week 1, Ezekiel Elliott took back over as the clear leader of the Cowboys backfield last week as he rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown. Elliott averaged 4.8 yards per attempt with 23 carries compared to just four carries for the now clear backup Tony Pollard. Elliott showed no signs of fatigue throughout this game as he played strong from start to finish and looks like the bell-cow back everyone expected him to be. The Cowboys offensive line has now looked strong through two games this season and will remain a top tier option for Elliott to run behind. In addition to Elliott, Dak Prescott reminded everyone how dangerous he can be with his legs as he added 69 yards on the ground--including a 42-yard rush near the end of last week's game.
The Dolphins defense is undoubtedly off to a terrible start this season, giving up 102 points through just two games. After allowing an astonishing 265 yards on the ground to the Ravens in Week 1, they came back allowing the Patriots to rush for 126 yards last week. Their defensive line has been overpowered in both games while this linebacker group has been quite subpar. Raekwon McMillan did have a better game last week, but he needs to string together a few good games to instill any confidence in the core of that group. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has been the best run defender for the Dolphins, but he is on the way to Pittsburgh as he was traded away for a first-round pick this week. With Fitzpatrick now gone and safety Reshad Jones banged up, the secondary for Miami can't be relied upon for run-stopping support. Given the status of this Cowboys offensive line as one of the best in the league along with what should be a very favorable game script for rushing, Ezekiel Elliott should have little problem putting up impressive numbers this week.