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With no Zeke, is arrow pointing up for Dallas?

The arrow was pointing up for the Cowboys, sideways or down for the Falcons.

Then a federal court on Thursday upheld the six-game league suspension for Ezekiel Elliott, a damaging blow to Dallas.

When they meet Sunday in a critical NFC match, the winner will be in decent position for a run toward the playoffs, hardly what either 2016 conference power projected.

The loser, particularly if it is Dallas with NFC East leader Philadelphia already 2½ games in front and Elliott presumably gone for much of the remainder of the schedule, will have used up significant margin for error.

"We know as a team what we're capable of," safety Ricardo Allen...