Cowboys, bettors await Elliott news ahead of Week 10 game at Atlanta
We won’t know until Thursday – at the earliest – whether or not Ezekiel Elliott will be active or suspended Week 10. That’s when the Dallas Cowboys star running back has yet another hearing in front of appellate judges who will rule whether to grant him an emergency injunction that would allow him to play as his case plays out.
If he’s denied, the six-game suspension can start. Zeke has been allowed to play in every previous game this season.
Elliott’s up-in-the-air status early last week created a pick’em in the Chiefs vs. Cowboys matchup. Once it was announced he would play, the line moved to Dallas -2.5. As was the case this time last week, there is no current Week 10 line for Cowboys (5-3, 5-3 ATS) at Falcons (4-4, 2-6 ATS) on Sunday afternoon.
So, like bettors, Dallas starts their practice week working somewhat blind. With Zeke active against the Chiefs, the team rushed for 131 yards, while Terrance Williams broke out for 141 receiving yards on nine receptions. Williams’ role may expand as Dez Bryant landed on the injury report with ankle and knee injuries. While both are considered minor, he’s day-to-day.
The defense held Rookie of the Year contender Kareem Hunt to 37 yards on nine carries (4.1 YPR) and also became the first team to pick off Alex Smith in 2017. Dallas’ defense is allowing 15.3 points per game while the offense is averaging 33.6 points per game during their active three-game win streak.
The Falcons have lost four of their last five games after starting the season 3-0. While their scoring defense has improved – down four points from a season ago to 21.5 PAPG – the offense has regressed to 16.6 points per game during that five-game stretch.
Dallas is 5-5 straight up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games as road underdogs. Atlanta is 5-5 SU but only 3-7 ATS in their past 10 games as a home favorite. The Falcons won the last regular season meeting between the two teams 39-28 at Dallas, but the series is 5-5 over the past 10.