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Can Ezekiel Elliott Catch Eric Dickerson’s Rookie Rushing Record?

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Ezekiel Elliott has been clear in what his goals are for his rookie season. Despite being ever so close to breaking it, eclipsing Los Angeles Rams hall of famer Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record is not on that list.

Sure, at 11-1, we are all thinking Super Bowl first and everything else second. But with Zeke creeping ever so slightly towards the record each week, it is impossible not to think about.

Just how realistic is this goal for Elliott, though?Cowboys Headlines - Learning Opportunity: Cowboys Play to Lose, Escape Minnesota 11-1

Through the Cowboys first 12 games, Zeke has rushed for a team rookie record 1,285 yards and 12 touchdowns. Yeah, that is a lot of yards, but he still has a ton of ground to cover to reach Dickerson's 1,808 mark. During the final quarter of the season, Zeke will need to average 131 yards rushing a game to surpass Dickerson.

Entering Thursday's game with the Minnesota Vikings, Elliott had been averaging 109 yards per game, including a four game stretch where he eclipsed 130 yards each time. After a lackluster 86 yard (well, for him) performance against the Vikings last week, that average dropped considerably.

This week, Elliott takes on the only team which held him under 80 yards this season, the New York Giants. Elliott's first game as a pro was a bit of a disappointing one, rushing for just 51 yards on 20 attempts. The Giants run defense is reeling, though, giving up their first 100 yard rusher of the season last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Logic and reason would say that Zeke's chase of Dickerson will be a futile one. That there is virtually no way that he can reach the record, or even threaten to surpass it over the final quarter of the season.

Elliott does have a few things working for him in his chase of greatness, however.

Fantasy Football - Week 13 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Adds and Sit/Start 1

Nov 24, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the second half at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys defeat the Redskins 31-26. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Of the final four opponents, only the Giants rank in the top 10 in terms of rush yards against. After the tough bout with New York, Elliott will get to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions, who are 22nd and 15th respectively in rushing defense. Tampa is the worst of these final four, allowing 115.8 yards per game.

To close out the season, Elliott would face a Philadelphia Eagles team which he already gained 96 yards on week 8 of the season. The problem is, just 96 yards will not be enough, unless he finds a way to absolutely gash the Lions and Bucs during the two games prior.

The Cowboys success may also hurt Elliott's quest. The odds are, their final game of the season in Philly won't mean much in terms of seeding, making it highly unlikely Zeke will get his usual 18-25 carries.

Without those carries, it becomes almost impossible for Zeke to make up the ground he needs to pass Eric Dickerson.

Simply put, Ezekiel Elliott probably won't break the rookie rushing record this season. Given the team's success and upcoming schedule, the odds that Zeke can rush for 523 yards over 4 games is unlikely. With that said, considering how the Cowboys 2016 season has gone, I would not completely rule it out.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

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The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

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The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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