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Redskins could benefit from his absence

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

The Washington Redskins didnt catch a break with Ezekiel Elliotts suspension -- at least not directly. After all, the Redskins will face him twice even if he fails to win his appeal. Then again, if Dallas stumbles in its first six games minus Elliott, it could be enough to vault the Redskins back into contention in the NFC East.

Elliott was suspended for six games under the league's personal conduct policy, the result of a year-long investigation into allegations of domestic violence. He can appeal, but regardless he will face the Redskins twice. As of now, his first game back will be against the Redskins on Oct. 29.

Were looking at what this news means from a football perspective and what it means for the Redskins.

For those who think Elliott's success was simply about the Dallas offensive line, think again. Yes, the Cowboys' front was outstanding last season, as Elliott averaged 5.1 yards per carry. The other top running backs -- Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden -- averaged 3.5 and 3.2 yards, respectively. Elliott's presence mattered.

As well as quarterback Dak Prescott played, it was Elliott who powered that offense -- and was the guy Washington's defense feared most. Hes quick to the hole and runs with power and speed. It also set up Prescott for play-action throws, an area he thrived in last season.

The only NFC East team that directly benefits from Elliott's suspension will be the Giants, who play Dallas in the opener.

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