Dal­las Cow­boys


Inside Sport - - PUNTER’S CHANCE -

The Boys sur­prised in 2016, rid­ing the stand­out play of rook­ies Dak Presco and Ezekiel El­lio (le‡) to a 13-3 record. But even as the denizens of Dal­las are ex­cited, they’re cau­tious – their last play-off team slumped to 4-12 a year later. Karma is al­ready trend­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion, as El­lio was li­able to miss half the sea­son at time of writ­ing be­cause of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fences. The NFL sus­pended the young runner for six games a‡er a pro­tracted in­ves­ti­ga­tion, al­though El­lio has lodged an ap­peal. Dal­las can still roll out Presco , Dez Bryant and their qual­ity of­fen­sive line, but for one of the glam­our teams of the NFL, the kind of a en­tion that El­lio brings won’t help as they try to val­i­date last year’s break­out.

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