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Dallas lost a few playmakers on the offensive side of the ball with Jason Witten retiring and Dez Bryant lingering in free agency. While they lost some production, the return of Ezekiel Elliott for an entire season should give the offense the boost it needs.

Elliot missed six games for the Cowboys last season and the team scored over six points per game more when he was on the field.

Cowboys Offense 2017 With Zeke W/Out Zeke
PPG 24.4 18.3

The Cowboys take on the 49ers in their first preseason game. Here’s more from Dallas on the team and their matchup tonight:

  • Jason Garrett has a 12-17 record in the preseason, though he went 3-1 last season with backup QB Cooper Rush impressing. In the four games, Rush completed 74.8% of his passes and tossed six touchdowns.
  • David Irving still isn’t back with the team and won’t play tonight. Elliot and Dallas’ returning starters on the offensive line will also sit out.
  • Cole Beasley is the only wide receiver not expected to play.
  • Dak Prescott struggled down the stretch last season, though as Jared Lorenz NumberFire notes, Prescott threw five TDs with zero interceptions during the two games late in the season in which the entire offensive line played.
  • Tyron Smith, who missed three games last season because of a problematic back, said he’s entering the season feeling better than ever. “Actually, I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve been in a while,” Smith said (via Edward Lewis of “I’ve taken this offseason to get back into it a little early and try to take care of my body a little more. I’m just doing the little small [rehab] things and I just feel awesome right now.”


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