The Lions’ playoff hopes are all but gone, and at this point you’re either in the play for pride camp or the tank for
Tua a higher pick camp. The Lions host the Dallas Cowboys, one of the hottest offenses in the league, at Ford Field on Sunday, and that bodes well for the tanking camp.
Bold prediction of the week: Ezekiel Elliott puts up over 200 yards from scrimmage against the Lions defense.
Almost every bold prediction I’ve made over the season and a half of this series has been pro-Lions, but today that changes. The Lions defense is dragging itself up from the bottom of most defensive metrics and the offense is missing its knight in shining armor in Matthew Stafford.
The defense faltered once again against one of the less impressive offenses in the league in the Chicago Bears last week, and that doesn’t bode well for a potent offense like the Cowboys.
Ezekiel Elliott has had a quiet season due to the emergence of Cowboys receivers and resulting emphasis on the passing game. He’s still a very good running back, and the Lions cannot forget that when scheming against the Cowboys.
I get the feeling that even if they do, however, the way this defense has played this season they don’t have much of a chance at stopping Zeke. He hasn’t posted a 200-yard scrimmage game in over a season, dating back to Week 4 of the 2018 season, in which he put up 240 yards against... checks notes... the Detroit Lions.
The Lions defense was abysmal at that point of the 2018 season, but the way things have looked recently don’t offer much hope of a better outcome. This will certainly be the case if the Lions offense falters—the sooner the Cowboys turn to their four-minute offense, the more touches Zeke will get.
The Lions’ biggest bet in stopping Zeke will actually come on offense, by keeping the game close and ensuring the Cowboys rely on the passing attack. Otherwise, both the game and Ezekiel Elliott could get out of hand quickly.