Cowboys' Elliott wins legal challenge, cleared to play

Lawrence Kim
October 21, 2017

The Cowboys got some good news this week as Ezekiel Elliott will be allowed to play for the time being despite his suspension being cleared by the courts. Los Angeles' Todd Gurley is the only runner to gain more than 100 yards against San Francisco, but the 49ers have allowed at least 126 yards rushing in four of six games. The banged-up group has had trouble stopping the run, while Elliott had some success on the ground himself, albeit in close losses to the Rams and Packers. Shanahan will likely implement an uncomplicated game plan with emphasis on the run-game to take pressure off of Beathard.

The 49ers' return to Levi's Stadium after three-straight road games on Sunday to host their long-time rival Dallas Cowboys.

A rookie quarterback facing Demarcus Lawrence: C.J.

Let's take a look at five key matchups that will go a long way toward determining the outcome against the Cowboys... San Francisco meanwhile, better enjoy the comforts of home, because the 49ers head to Philadelphia next week.

That's because Dak Prescott can use play-action passes to create big plays in the passing game as linebackers and safeties cheat and overreact to the threat of Elliott.

Carlos Hyde is a talented back that could cause some problems but he is not elite so I would not expect a Todd Gurley like afternoon for him.

Bottom line: while he has four games with at least 80 yards, including two 100-yard games, he hasn't been the dominant game-breaking runner we saw much of a year ago. Pierre Garcon had a great game last week against the Redskins, but he needs help. After all, they finished with a 13-3 record past year with a pair of rookies in quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott leading the team. Dallas, meanwhile, has had two weeks to hear how bad the defense has been and deal with all of the questions surrounding Ezekiel Elliott's status.

Which Cowboys players will you be watching this Sunday? The bye week mitigates any disadvantage that the Cowboys would have coming to the West Coast.

It's no coincidence Dallas is 4-5 when he throws more than 36 passes and 11-0 when he throws fewer than 36. Last year, this was a rare occurrence as the team was able to run it on anyone and everyone. San Francisco has thrown it more in all six games this season. Offensively the team has done more than enough to win both contests but unfortunately the defense wasn't able to hold up.

This has been a insane season so far with the underdogs barking loudly as of late.

How can I watch the Cowboys and 49ers?

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