Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott on dip in production: It's been tough

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FRISCO, Texas — As the Minnesota Vikings (4-5) have crept back into playoff contention after a horrid start, they can thank running back Dalvin Cook.

Three weeks ago, he had 163 yards on 30 carries with three touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. Two weeks ago, it was 206 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions. On ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” Cook had 96 yards on 30 carries against the Chicago Bears.

This Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox), the Dallas Cowboys (2-7) will attempt to slow Cook. Perhaps they are a bit wistful as to how the Vikings have rebounded behind their lead back. Minnesota is playing the way the Cowboys, who have Ezekiel Elliott, want to play.

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