The Dallas Cowboys have high hopes for the 2017 season.
On paper, it’s easy to see why. They are coming off a 13-3 regular-season record, which resulted in an NFC East division title and the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs in 2016. Their season came to an end in the divisional round of the playoffs. But not before “America’s Team” came extremely close to pulling off one of the greatest come-from-behind postseason victories in NFL history.
What was most impressive about the Cowboys’ success in 2016: Their accomplishments were mainly due to the play of their outstanding offense, including quarterback Dak Prescott — a rookie fourth-round pick thrust into the starting lineup when Tony Romo experienced a back injury during the preseason — and Ezekiel Elliott, a highly-touted running back out of Ohio State.
Thanks to a recent hammer dropped by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Dallas could lack Elliott for as many as six games in 2017.