Kareem Hunt will get to check himself to Ezekiel Elliott in spite of everything when Kansas Metropolis visits Dallas.
The dynamic rookie working again for the Chiefs is doing most of the issues the suspended Cowboys star did in his debut final season, headlined by main the NFL in dashing.
Thanks to a different non permanent authorized reprieve for Elliott, Hunt will get an up-close comparability Sunday towards Dallas (Four-Three). Elliott will be capable of play after a New York appeals court docket granted an emergency keep on Friday. There have been two earlier halts to Elliott’s six-game suspension over alleged home violence that saved him on the sector.
“He is the engine behind that offense,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett mentioned of Hunt. “He is been a type of guys who’s been regular for them, but in addition has made a number of performs for them.”
Elliott, the previous Ohio State star and the NFL’s main rusher as a rookie, is third this 12 months behind the ex-Toledo again and Ohio native. The Chiefs (6-2) are attempting to set a franchise file with their 10th straight highway victory.
“I watched Zeke a ton,” Hunt mentioned of his senior 12 months with the Rockets, when Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott, his fellow rookie, have been powering the Cowboys to the most effective file within the NFC.
“Dak performed fairly properly and so did he. I used to be in a position to watch and see all the good runs he had. I sort of needed to return in and have a 12 months like he did his rookie season.”
Take into account it carried out up to now. Hunt is the primary NFL participant with not less than 100 scrimmage yards in every of first seven video games and leads the NFL with 763 yards dashing and 1,070 yards from scrimmage.
Whereas he isn’t fairly on the dashing tempo of Elliott a 12 months in the past, Hunt is another choice when quarterback Alex Smith already had lots, together with All-Professional tight finish Travis Kelce.
Smith is 4 touchdowns from tying Peyton Manning’s file of 20 with out an interception to start out a season whereas guiding the NFL’s third-ranked offense.
Issues to think about in Kansas Metropolis’s first go to to the $1.2 billion residence of the Cowboys that opened in 2009:
REPLACING ELLIOTT: The Cowboys have been ready to interchange Elliott with Alfred Morris, a 1,500-yard rusher as a rookie in 2012 and Elliott’s backup all season.
Final 12 months, Elliott was backed up by Darren McFadden as soon as he was wholesome. McFadden led the Cowboys in dashing two years in the past regardless of beginning simply 10 video games. Rod Smith is the wild card. He surged in coaching camp to make the roster and has proven some big-play potential.
If kind holds, McFadden will likely be inactive once more with Elliott getting a late reprieve.
“All of them have gotten good expertise now within the league,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan mentioned. “That is an enormous a part of feeling good about these guys stepping in after actually not enjoying a complete lot up till now.”
THE BUTTKICKER: If the sport comes right down to area targets, give the sting to the Chiefs. Harrison Butker has linked on 18 straight makes an attempt since lacking the primary of his profession. The pickup off the Carolina apply squad was 5 for five in Monday evening’s victory over Denver, together with one from 51 yards.
The Cowboys are with out Dan Bailey, essentially the most correct in historical past amongst kickers with not less than 100 makes an attempt, due to a groin damage. Mike Nugent missed his first kick because the substitute final week towards Washington, a 49-yarder, however made the subsequent 4 in a 33-19 win.
UP TO THE BOOTH: Tony Romo, the Dallas franchise chief in passing yards and touchdowns, will name his first Cowboys recreation because the lead analyst for CBS. A 12 months in the past, he was nonetheless recovering from a again damage that made Prescott the starter, a job Prescott by no means gave up due to a franchise-record 11-game successful streak.
Romo was the backup when he was wholesome once more, then selected changing Phil Simms alongside Jim Nantz over making an attempt to chase an elusive Tremendous Bowl some other place. “I’m trying ahead to the manufacturing assembly,” Prescott mentioned. “Clearly the primary time with Romo will likely be cool.”
BULLDOG BUDDIES: Prescott might see a number of an outdated pal within the backfield. He was teammates with Chiefs defensive deal with Chris Jones at Mississippi State. Jones was truly chosen forward of Prescott in 2016, going within the second spherical to Kansas Metropolis. Prescott was a fourth-rounder.